As energy rates continue to rise, you may be on the lookout for tips to cut back your usage and save money. Although big-ticket investments like replacing the windows or installing high-performance HVAC systems can help make your home more energy efficient, you can cut energy costs right away with virtually no up-front investment. Here’s how you do that.
Check the filter each month and change it when it looks dirty, or every three months, whichever comes first. The cost of a new filter can pay for itself by encouraging efficiency, ensuring proper airflow, and keeping the HVAC equipment from getting too hot. Your home will quickly feel more comfortable and have cleaner indoor air with a fresh filter in place.
Maintain the temperature at 70 degrees or cooler in the winter and increase it to 77 degrees or warmer over the summer. Then, wear clothing that suits the season to help you stay comfortable.
If you still use an old manual thermostat, look for a programmable model. A smart thermostat pays for itself quickly thanks to energy savings by letting you program setback schedules while you’re away or sleeping. Automated temperature recovery means you conserve energy without ever feeling uncomfortable. Try to find a smart Wi-Fi thermostat you can adjust remotely for even more opportunities to save.
Preventative maintenance provides a good return on investment. First, it pays you back by slashing your energy bills. After all, a well-maintained HVAC system performs more effectively than one that’s left alone. You also lessen the risk of malfunctions and the necessary repair costs. In addition, your equipment is able to live a few years longer when you care for it today.
Air leaks may occur wherever two building materials come together. Locate and seal these leaks to keep your home comfortable and decrease the strain on your heating and cooling. Here are a few tips:
Through the summer, the goal is to reduce solar heat gain. Closing reflective curtains over the windows through the afternoon is a simple way to do this. If your budget permits, you can also plant trees on the south and west sides of your property. By selecting deciduous trees, you can enjoy plenty of shade in the summer while still allowing the sun to heat your home for free throughout the winter.
Conserve this limited resource and reduce your water bills with these tips:
Plug computers, printers, TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and other electronics into power strips. This way, you can turn them off with the flip of a switch when you are not using them. While you’re at it, unplug cell phone chargers and other adapters when not in use to avoid small amounts of “phantom” energy use.
Do you still have old incandescent bulbs throughout the house? Replace them with LEDs to save nearly 70 percent on your lighting bills. Bulb replacement costs also decrease since LEDs last about 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Appliances are the energy hogs of the home. Lower costs with these tips:
Many cost-cutting measures are directly related to your home heating, cooling and plumbing systems. If you need help applying these tips, reach out to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We offer affordable maintenance and repair work, along with cost-effective installation and replacement services. Additionally, with financing options available, even larger upgrades will match your budget. For more information about our services or to request an estimate, please contact your local Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing office today.
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