Some Energy Saving Ideas

Our Las Vegas climate is one where living in an energy efficient home is important but it is also important to try and find ways to keep energy costs down. You can save energy and money by trying to change some of your daily habits.

Here are some helpful suggestions:

  1. Do a nightly energy sweep. We’ve all left fans, electronics or appliances on at night while we sleep, but doing so wastes increasingly expensive energy. To save money, do a nightly sweep through the house to make sure all your electric devices are turned off before you go to bed. It may be a pain, but the savings from simply turning everything off can add up quickly.
  2. Make sure to change your filters. Waiting a long time to change your filters makes your system less efficient and costs you more in electricity. Dirt and neglect can even cause damage to your air conditioner (HVAC) unit.
  3. Check your vents. If they’re closed, open them! Closing vents will actually raise your energy costs.
  4. Use your washer and dryer wisely. Wash your clothes in cold water. Make sure you have full loads of laundry before using the washer and dryer.
  5. Consider your light bulbs. Turn off lights you aren’t using and consider changing bulbs out to compact fluorescents for cost savings. 
  6. Be cool. Actually program the programmable thermostat! Find a comfortable temperature for when you are home and when you are not home or asleep. Adjust the temperatures to a higher or lower temperature depending on the season.
  7. Soften those rays. Closing the curtains and lowering the blinds on the sunny side of your house will help keep you cooler on hot days.

Visit any of American West’s new home communities and discover all the energy efficient features that are offered in our homes.


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