As energy rates continue rising, you might be on the lookout for tips to cut back your usage and save money. Although big investments like replacing the windows or installing high-efficiency HVAC systems absolutely make your home more efficient, you can reduce energy costs today with virtually no up-front investment. Here’s how you do that.
Check the filter monthly and change it when it appears dirty, or every three months, whichever comes first. The cost of a new filter pays for itself by encouraging efficiency, guaranteeing proper airflow, and stopping the HVAC equipment from getting too hot. Your home will also feel more comfortable and have healthier indoor air with a clean filter in place.
Maintain the temperature about 70 degrees or cooler through the winter and increase it to 77 degrees or higher in the summer. Then, choose clothes that suit the season to help you stay comfortable.
If you still have an old manual thermostat, look for a programmable model. This kind of thermostat pays for itself quickly in energy savings by enabling you to program setback schedules while you’re at work or asleep. Automated temperature recovery means you conserve energy without ever feeling uncomfortable. Look for a smart Wi-Fi thermostat you can set up remotely for even greater opportunities to save.
Preventative maintenance offers a good return on investment. First, it pays you back by lowering your energy bills. After all, a tuned-up HVAC system performs more effectively than a poorly maintained one. You also lessen the risk of breakdowns and the necessary repair costs. Additionally, the system is more likely to live a few years longer when you take good care of it today.
Air leaks can develop wherever two building materials are found. Locate and seal these leaks to keep your home comfortable and minimize the strain on your HVAC system. Here are some tips:
Through the summer, your goal is to reduce solar heat gain. Shutting reflective curtains over the windows through the afternoon is a simple way to do this. If your budget permits, you could also plant trees on the south and west sides of your property. By looking for deciduous trees, you can enjoy a source of shade for the summer while still helping the sun to heat your home for free in the winter.
Conserve this important 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 shut them off with the flip of a switch when not in use. Additionally, unplug cell phone chargers and other adapters when you don’t need them to prevent small amounts of “phantom” energy usage.
Do you still have old incandescent bulbs at home? Exchange them for LEDs to save up to 70 percent on your lighting bills. Bulb replacement costs also decrease as LEDs work about 25 times longer than incandescent lights.
Appliances are the power hogs of the home. Save money 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 support, alongside cost-effective installation and replacement services. Plus, with financing options available, even larger upgrades will match 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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