In the Birmingham, AL area, hot temperatures keep many residents’ air conditioning running almost constantly. At the same time, other appliances throughout the home can run up energy costs even further. If you’re trying to improve your home’s efficiency, take the smart, sensible, and time-saving step of downloading a few apps to your smartphone. You can also use smart devices to cut back on energy usage. The following tips can help you improve your home’s energy efficiency and save significantly on your future energy bills.

Install a Smart Thermostat

In addition to being intuitive, modern, and high-tech, the right smart devices will also reduce your energy consumption. Smart thermostats use your own lifestyle patterns to create the most efficient heating and cooling schedule for your home. You can also use these devices with your smartphone in order to adjust your home’s temperature from any location. That’s great news if, for example, you’re on vacation and realize you didn’t reset the thermostat before leaving.

Use Smart Lighting

You can also save energy when it comes to your home’s lighting by using smart bulbs in your fixtures. They cost more up front, but the energy savings you’ll get from using these smart lights are well worth it. They use less power and have scheduled timers that can be paired with smartphone apps for easy control.

Use an Energy Tracker App

Another way to use technology to your advantage when it comes to efficiency is to download smartphone apps that track your energy usage. Kill-Ur-Watts is considered a top choice since it was actually introduced by the Department of Energy back in 2012. This app is specifically designed to monitor residential electricity use over time. Use the app to access tons of useful tools, including yearly energy costs calculators, monthly energy consumption profiles, and comparisons to national averages. 

Want to make your home even more efficient? Schedule air conditioner maintenance with One Source Heating & Cooling at 205-209-4246 to make sure the equipment using most of your home’s energy is working properly.

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