Save Money Today! Energy Saving Tips
There are many things you can do to reduce your energy usage and several of them are free! Below is a list of some of the most popular:
- Install a programmable thermostat. The installation of a programmable thermostat is about $125.00 and with proper use can save as much as 10% on heating and cooling costs. We recommend you set your programmable thermostat back no more than 5 degrees to obtain maximum savings.
- Change or wash your air filter once a month. Restricted air flow results in increased energy usage. Homes with pets should be extra vigilant about checking air filters.
- Have your heating and cooling systems tuned up annually. These tune ups increase unit efficiency and extend unit life.
- Make sure your duct system is sealed. Leaking ducts waste large amounts of energy and you won't know about it until you get a big bill.
- Drain 5 gallons (or until the water becomes clear) from your water heater every six months to extend life and increase efficiency. This helps remove lime deposits and sediment.
- Replace an old system. Heating systems older than 20 years and cooling systems older than 10 should be considered for replacement. Energy savings are substantial with the advanced technology on the market today.
- Insulate your Attic and Walls. Make sure you have nine inches of insulation in your attic. If you currently have no insulation, adding nine inches could cut your energy bill by as much as 16%.
- Plant trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning units but not to block the airflow. If possible, place your room air conditioner on the north side of the house. A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.
- Turn off computers and monitors when not in use - they generate a huge amount of heat!
- Make sure registers, baseboard, and radiators aren't blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
- During the cooling season, let your window coverings closed during the day.
- During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is going. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.