As energy rates continue to rise, you might be on the lookout for strategies to scale back your usage and save money. While big-ticket investments like replacing the windows or installing high-efficiency HVAC systems absolutely make your home more energy efficient, you can reduce energy costs right away with very little up-front investment. Here’s how.
Check the filter monthly and replace it when it looks dirty, or every three months, whichever comes first. The cost of a new filter can pay for itself by boosting efficiency, providing proper airflow, and keeping the HVAC equipment from overheating. Your home will quickly feel more comfortable and have cleaner indoor air with a clean filter in place.
Keep the temperature about 70 degrees or lower in the winter and increase it to 77 degrees or higher for the summer. Then, wear clothing that suits the season to help you stay comfortable.
If you still use an old manual thermostat, upgrade to a programmable model. This affordable replacement pays for itself quickly thanks to energy savings by allowing you to program setback periods while you’re away from home or asleep. Automatic 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 greater opportunities to save.
Preventative maintenance offers a great return on investment. First of all, it pays you back by lowering your energy bills. After all, a well-maintained HVAC system runs more efficiently than one that’s left alone. You also lower the risk of malfunctions and the necessary repair costs. Plus, your equipment is bound to live a few years more when you care for it today.
Air leaks may occur wherever a couple of building materials are connected. Try to find and seal up these leaks to keep your home comfortable and decrease the strain on your heating and cooling. Here are a few tips:
In the summer, you should try to block solar heat gain. Closing reflective curtains over the windows during the afternoon is a simple way to accomplish this. If your budget permits, you can also plant trees on the south and west sides of your home. By choosing deciduous trees, you can enjoy a source of shade in the summer while still enabling the sun to heat your home for free throughout the winter.
Conserve this important 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 you are not using them. Additionally, unplug cell phone chargers and other adapters when not in use to avoid small amounts of “phantom” energy usage.
Do you still use old incandescent bulbs throughout the house? Exchange them for LEDs to save as much as 70 percent on your lighting bills. Bulb replacement costs also go down since LEDs work about 25 times longer than incandescent lights.
Appliances are the electricity hogs of the home. Save money with the following tips:
Lots of cost-cutting measures are directly related to your home heating, cooling and plumbing systems. If you need help applying these tips, contact Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We offer affordable maintenance and repair work, 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.
Student loan debt in the United States has been a growing problem for many years. Today’s total student debt is more than $1.7 trillion, with the average college graduate owing $20,000 to $25,000. If you’re contemplating your higher education journey or counseling someone who is, it’s... Continue reading
By Brian Sodoma, for Service Experts With autumn coming soon, homeowners will soon be preparing for the cold months ahead. Cold weather adds even more demand on your heating and cooling system. To prepare your heating system for the heavy work it will be doing, regular HVAC maintenance should be... Continue reading
The HVAC industry is in a continuous state of change. With technological breakthroughs and ever-important environmental concerns, the skills expected of HVAC technicians are evolving faster than ever. Preparing to adapt and satisfy these new challenges is essential for anyone looking to join the... Continue reading
© 2023 Service Experts, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, and the Service Experts logo and design are registered trademarks of Service Experts LLC and used under license by SE Canada Inc. All Rights Reserved. *Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program Agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable Terms and Conditions.