Sean Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, wrote that “we become what we repeatedly do.” From brushing our teeth and drinking our coffee in the morning – hopefully not in that order – to exercising and reading for 30 minutes at night, we all have dozens of habits that drive us through the day. Some habits steer us to savings, and others direct our paths toward wasteful consumption. If you hope to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly in your home in Tallahassee, Florida, start practicing these four daily rituals until they become routine habits.

Unplug Your Smartphone Chargers

This routine habit should include all unused electronics and appliances. let’s start small by first making it a daily ritual of unplugging your smartphone charger as soon as your device has a full battery. While charging a smartphone isn’t a large source of energy consumption, developing this small habit is what will count. Once you automatically unplug your smartphone charger every day without forgetting, extend the same practice to other unused electronics.

Turn the Lights and Ceiling Fan Off

Flip the switches. Flip the switches. Flip the switches. No matter how many times we hear or read it, it seems most homeowners still forget to turn off the lights and ceiling fan when they exit a room. One more time: Flip the switches!

Regulate Your Thermostat Settings

Considering how hot and humid the climate is in Tallahassee, Florida, throughout most of the year, your AC is undoubtedly the biggest energy consumer in your home. If you don’t own a programmable thermostat, here are some tips to help you regulate your home’s temperature for maximizing cost savings without sacrificing comfort.

  • Set the thermostat to 76°F when you’re at home sleeping
  • Set the thermostat to 78°F when you’re at home during the day
  • Set the thermostat to 80°F if you leave the home

Use Human Instead of Electrical Power

Food processors, dishwashers and all of those other handy gadgets in the kitchen use a lot of combined energy. The worst part? You don’t need them! To save even more energy, use your own power instead of relying on electricity.

Although HVAC maintenance is more of a monthly and seasonal ritual, it’s another habit worth forming if you want to increase system efficiency and maximize utility cost savings. For additional information about how you can benefit from maintaining your HVAC system habitually, or if you’re in need of a tuneup before the summer starts, read our maintenance page or contact Central Heating Consultants, Inc. at (850) 270-4352.

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