As energy rates continue to rise, you might be on the lookout for strategies to scale back your usage and save money. While larger investments like replacing the windows or installing high-efficiency HVAC systems absolutely make your home more efficient, you can lower energy costs right away with very little up-front investment. Here’s how.
Check the filter monthly and change it when it looks dirty, or every three months, whichever happens first. The cost of a new filter can pay for itself by encouraging efficiency, providing proper airflow, and preventing the HVAC equipment from overheating. 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 during the winter and increase it to 77 degrees or warmer over the summer. Then, choose clothes that suit the season to help you stay comfortable.
If you’re still using an old manual thermostat, get a programmable model. This kind of thermostat pays for itself quickly in energy savings by letting you program setback schedules while you’re away or in bed. Automated temperature recovery means you lower costs without ever feeling uncomfortable. Keep an eye out for a smart Wi-Fi thermostat you can adjust remotely for even greater opportunities to save.
Preventative maintenance provides an excellent return on investment. First of all, it pays you back by slashing your energy bills. After all, a well-maintained HVAC system works more efficiently than one that’s left alone. You also lower the risk of breakdowns and the associated repair costs. In addition, your equipment is able to run for a few years more when you care for it today.
Air leaks can develop wherever two building materials are connected. Try to find and fix these leaks to keep your home comfortable and reduce the strain on your heating and cooling. Here are a few tips:
In the summer, you should try to reduce solar heat gain. Closing reflective curtains over the windows in the afternoon is a simple way to handle this. If your budget permits, you could also plant trees on the south and west sides of your property. By choosing deciduous trees, you can enjoy plenty of shade over the summer while still enabling the sun to heat your home for free throughout the winter.
Conserve this important resource and save on 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. While you’re at it, unplug cell phone chargers and other adapters when you don’t need them to avoid small amounts of “phantom” energy usage.
Do you still have old incandescent bulbs around the house? Exchange them for LEDs to save as much as 70 percent on your lighting bills. Bulb replacement costs also decline because LEDs work about 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Appliances are the energy hogs of the home. Save money with any of these tips:
Many cost-cutting measures relate to your home heating, cooling and plumbing systems. If you need help implementing these tips, contact Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We supply affordable maintenance and repair support, along with cost-effective installation and replacement services. In addition, with financing options available, even larger upgrades will suit your budget. For more info about our services or to request an estimate, please contact your local Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing office today.
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