As energy rates continue to increase, you are probably on the lookout for ways to cut back your usage and save money. Although big-ticket investments such as replacing the windows or installing high-efficiency HVAC systems certainly make your home more energy efficient, you can lower energy costs right away with very little up-front investment. Here’s how.
Check the filter once a month and swap it out when it seems 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 should feel more comfortable and have cleaner indoor air with a clean filter in place.
Keep the temperature about 70 degrees or cooler through the winter and increase it to 77 degrees or warmer in the summer. Then, choose clothes that suit 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 in energy savings by enabling you to program setback schedules while you’re away or asleep. Automated temperature recovery means you save money without ever losing your sense of comfort. Keep an eye out for a smart Wi-Fi thermostat you can set up remotely for even more opportunities to save.
Preventative maintenance offers a good return on investment. First, 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 bound to run for a few years longer when you keep up with maintenance today.
Air leaks can form wherever two building materials are found. Locate and seal these leaks to keep your home comfortable and reduce the strain on your HVAC system. Here are a few tips:
During the summer, you should try to block solar heat gain. Putting reflective curtains over the windows in the afternoon is a convenient way to do this. If your budget has room, you can also try to plant trees on the south and west sides of your home. By selecting deciduous trees, you can enjoy plenty of shade over the summer while still allowing the sun to heat your home for free throughout the winter.
Conserve this limited 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 they aren’t being used. While you’re at it, unplug cell phone chargers and other adapters when you don’t need them to minimize small amounts of “phantom” energy usage.
Do you still have old incandescent bulbs around the house? Exchange them for LEDs to save nearly 70 percent on your lighting bills. Bulb replacement costs also decrease as LEDs live about 25 times longer than incandescent lights.
Appliances are the energy hogs of the home. Save money with the following tips:
Many cost-cutting measures relate to your home heating, cooling and plumbing systems. If you need help making use of these tips, reach out to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We supply affordable maintenance and repair service, alongside cost-effective installation and replacement services. Plus, 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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