As energy rates continue to rise, you may be on the lookout for tips to cut back your usage and save money. While big investments like replacing the windows or installing high-performance HVAC systems certainly make your home more energy efficient, you can lower energy costs today with virtually no up-front investment. Here’s what to do.
Check the filter each month and change it when it appears dirty, or every three months, whichever occurs first. The cost of a new filter can pay 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.
Maintain the temperature about 70 degrees or cooler during the winter and adjust 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 affordable replacement pays for itself quickly via energy savings by letting you program setback periods while you’re at work or in bed. Automatic temperature recovery means you lower costs without ever feeling uncomfortable. Try to find a smart Wi-Fi thermostat you can program remotely for even more opportunities to save.
Preventative maintenance provides an excellent return on investment. First, it pays you back by slashing your energy bills. After all, a well-maintained HVAC system works more efficiently than a poorly maintained one. You also reduce the risk of breakdowns and the associated repair costs. In addition, the system is bound to run for a few years longer when you take good care of it today.
Air leaks can develop wherever a couple of building materials are connected. 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:
Through the summer, you should try to shut out solar heat gain. Closing reflective curtains over the windows during the afternoon is a simple way to handle this. If your budget allows, you can 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 allowing the sun to heat your home for free during the winter.
Conserve this key resource and lower 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 shut them off with the flip of a switch when they aren’t being used. 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 use.
Do you still have old incandescent bulbs around the house? Swap them out with LEDs to save nearly 70 percent on your lighting bills. Bulb replacement costs also decrease as LEDs last about 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Appliances are the power hogs of the home. Conserve energy with any of these tips:
Many cost-cutting measures are directly related to your home heating, cooling and plumbing systems. If you need help making use of these tips, get in touch with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We provide affordable maintenance and repair support, as well as cost-effective installation and replacement services. In addition, with financing options available, even big upgrades will fit your budget. For more details about our services or to request an estimate, please contact your local Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing office today.
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