As energy rates continue to rise, you may be on the lookout for tips to cut back your usage and save money. While larger investments such as replacing the windows or installing high-performance HVAC systems absolutely make your home more energy efficient, you can cut energy costs right away with very little up-front investment. Here’s how you do that.
Check the filter monthly and replace it when it seems dirty, or every three months, whichever happens first. The cost of a new filter pays for itself by promoting efficiency, guaranteeing proper airflow, and preventing the HVAC equipment from getting too hot. Your home will also feel more comfortable and have healthier indoor air with a fresh filter in place.
Keep the temperature about 70 degrees or lower 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, upgrade to a programmable model. This kind of thermostat pays for itself quickly via energy savings by enabling you to program setback schedules while you’re away from home or in bed. Intelligent temperature recovery means you conserve energy without ever dealing with an uncomfortable home. Look for a smart Wi-Fi thermostat you can program remotely for additional opportunities to save.
Preventative maintenance delivers an excellent return on investment. For starters, it pays you back by reducing your energy bills. After all, a tuned-up HVAC system runs better than one that’s left alone. You also reduce the risk of malfunctions and the required repair costs. In addition, the system is able to live a few years longer when you take good care of it today.
Air leaks may occur wherever a couple of building materials come together. Try to find and seal up these leaks to keep your home comfortable and reduce the strain on your HVAC system. Here are a few tips:
During the summer, the goal is to shut out solar heat gain. Shutting reflective curtains over the windows in the afternoon is a convenient way to do this. If your budget allows, you could also plant trees on the south and west sides of your property. By choosing deciduous trees, you can enjoy plenty of shade for the summer while still enabling the sun to heat your home for free during the winter.
Conserve this key resource and reduce your water bills with some 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 not in use. Additionally, unplug cell phone chargers and other adapters when not in use to prevent small amounts of “phantom” energy usage.
Do you still use old incandescent bulbs throughout the house? Exchange them for LEDs to save up to 70 percent on your lighting bills. Bulb replacement costs also decline since LEDs live about 25 times longer than incandescent lights.
Appliances are the electricity hogs of the home. Conserve energy with the following tips:
Lots of cost-cutting measures relate 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 supply affordable maintenance and repair work, alongside cost-effective installation and replacement services. Plus, with financing options available, even big 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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