Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell
“We keep our house at about 65 (degrees) in the winter, and in the summer we keep it at about 72 (degrees). We (keep) all the lights off, and all the doors are closed to the rooms we (aren’t using).”
“I built (my home) with two-by-six construction, so I could have added insulation. From there, I installed heat pumps, which make use of heat transfer, (and) energy efficient windows.
That’s where a lot of drafts come into homes and make people uncomfortable. Caulking and weather stripping is always easy if you didn’t construct your home in that manner. Since then, LED bulbs have become prominent and I’ve certainly gone that route.”
“At home, we use a lot of smart devices. We have our smart thermostat that kicks air off when we’re not there during the day and all LED light bulbs that automatically kick off (via) motion sensors.
We put that in a few months after we moved in and saw a pretty dramatic difference (in cost).”
“Primarily, (we’ve done) LED conversion from the old school (bulbs), reduced our carbon footprint of what we throw away and installed a digital thermostat that hooks up to Bluetooth and that’s integrated through your modem and router, through wifi in the house. (We) have an application that connects to it.
I’m big on technology, so (I like) integrating as much technology to save money, because I can’t remember (a lot), so turning the heat down when I leave the house is impossible for me.”