20 April 2012With skyrocketing energy bills, reducing your energy consumpion can mean saving hundreds of dollars a year. These 9 tips will help you decrease your energy usage and keep more money in your pocket.
Install a programmable thermostat. Installing a programmable thermostat will allow you to keep your home at a comfortable level while cutting your energy usage.
Control your humidity. Since humidity effects how warm or cool you feel, a humidifier can help you cut your energy bills.
Wear appropriate clothing. In the winter, wear warm clothes in your home and in the summer dress down. This will allow you to adjust the thermostat accordingly. Changing your thermostat 1 degree Fahrenheit can save you 3% on your energy bills.
Check or replace your air filter. Check your heater filter at least monthly, replacing when dirty. A dirty filter causes your furnace to work harder.
Turn off your exhaust fans. After use, remember to promptly turn off kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans. They are expelling your temperature-controlled air.
Get an annual system checkup. Annual professional tune-ups extend the life of your air conditioner and heater and keep them running efficiently.
Clear airflow for registers and vents. Make sure your vents and registers are not blocked by holiday decorations, blinds or furniture. Restricted airflow causes your HVAC unit to work harder than necessary.
Install energy efficient lighting. Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s) use as little as a quarter of the energy of traditional incandescent bulbs.
Check and increase attic insulation. For optimum energy efficiency, about 13-15 inches of attic insulation is recommended.
Contact CCHAC today for more information on how we can help you save money and cut your energy bills.