60% of your utility bill comes from your heating and cooling system, making it the largest energy expense in your home. Listed below are a list of energy saving tips to help you save money on your monthly utility bills.
Install a Energy StarŪ labeled programmable thermostat
Programmable thermostats automatically adjust your home's temperature settings, allowing you to save energy while you're away or sleeping. Saving you up to 30% on your utility bill.
Recommended thermostat settings
Set your thermostat to 78 in the summer months and 68 in the winter months.
Have your ducts inspected for leaks and proper insulation
Ducts not properly sealed or insulated can cause heated or cooled air to escape in your attic or in a crawl space before it reaches inside your home, causing your system to work harder to achieve your desired temperature, which can raise your utility bill.
Inspect your filter every month
Restricted air filters can cause your heating and cooling unit to waste energy and can shorten the life of your system. Check your air filter at least once a month and replace if necessary.
Make sure your registers or vents are not restricted
Registers that are blocked by furniture, drapes, rugs or carpets can restrict airflow, causing your system to work harder to properly heat and cool your home.
Use ceiling fans to help cool your home
Since ceiling fans use very little electricity, you can raise your thermostat at a higher setting and still feel comfortable while using less electricity.
Install window treatments
Close curtains and shades in the summer months to block sunlight, open curtains and shades in the winter months to help warm rooms.
Do not cover or block outdoor unit
Keep a minimum 12" clearance around your outdoor unit from vines, tall grasses, shrubs, etc. also, turn off your system when mowing or trimming around your outdoor unit to prevent grass clippings or other debris from accumulating on the sides or top of unit.