Here are some money-saving ideas to help reduce your monthly energy bill
- Set thermostats at 78 degrees Fahrenheit for cooling in the summer and 68 degrees Fahrenheit for heating in the winter!
- Regularly clean HVAC condenser coils, replace air filters and check ducts and pipe insulation for damage.
- Using ceiling fans or area fans while running the air conditioner. This will allow you to raise your thermostat setting about four degrees Fahrenheit.
- Open up the house in the morning, allow cooler air to flow into your home. Use fans to help circulate the air, as the temperature rises, close the windows and draw the shades to keep pre-cooled air inside.
- Check the filter on your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. A dirty filter can cause your system to work harder to keep you cool, wasting energy. Especially if you own pets, as they shed in the spring the filters fill up!
- Consider installing a whole house fan. A whole house fan placed in your attic draws cooler air into the home and forces hot air out through attic vents. Use it when the air is cool outside, such as in the early morning.
- Install a gable fan, gable fans help keep the attic in your home cooler which in turns requires less demand on your air conditioner.
- If possible, move the air conditioning unit to a north-facing or shaded window, as direct sunlight reduces your unit’s efficiency.
- Use exterior shading devices or plants to shade your home and windows from the sun.
- Make sure that connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet floors, walls, and ceilings. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork.
- Use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home after showering or bathing. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside and not just to the attic.
- Give your refrigerator breathing room: clean the coils and don’t set the temperature too low. The refrigerator should be kept between 38 degrees and 42 degrees Fahrenheit, and the freezer between 0 degrees and 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Clean the lint from the clothes dryer after every load. Run full loads and use the moisture-sensing setting.
- Buy an Energy Star® air conditioner if your air conditioner is ready to be replaced and reduce energy usage.
- Have your central heating and cooling duct system for leaks. Sealing and insulating air ducts can improve the efficiency of your system by as much as 20%.
- Remember to have your HVAC system serviced annually to ensure it’s running at optimum efficiency for money and energy savings.
- Seal your air ducts using mastic sealant or metal and insulate all the ducts you can access. In typical houses, about 20% of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts.
- Add insulation to your attic to keep cool air in.
- Energy star windows can make your house more comfortable year-round and save you money as well.
- Install a door sweep on your garage door to seal the gap between the bottom of your door and the threshold. This prevents warm air from coming in and cool air from escaping your home.
- Install insulation on the inside of your garage door, this will help cool the garage and prevent it from becoming a solar oven which in turn heats up the living space in your home.
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