As energy rates continue to increase, you might be on the lookout for ways to cut back your usage and save money. While larger investments like replacing the windows or installing high-performance HVAC systems certainly make your home more efficient, you can cut energy costs today with little to no up-front investment. Here’s how.
Check the filter monthly and change it when it seems dirty, or every three months, whichever comes first. The cost of a new filter pays for itself by promoting efficiency, ensuring proper airflow, and preventing the HVAC equipment from overheating. Your home will also feel more comfortable and have cleaner indoor air with a fresh filter in place.
Keep the temperature about 70 degrees or lower through the winter and adjust it to 77 degrees or higher in 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 letting you program setback periods while you’re away or sleeping. Automatic temperature recovery means you save money without ever dealing with an uncomfortable home. Look for a smart Wi-Fi thermostat you can program remotely for even more opportunities to save.
Preventative maintenance offers a great return on investment. First, it pays you back by reducing your energy bills. After all, a tuned-up HVAC system runs more effectively than a neglected one. You also reduce the risk of malfunctions and the associated repair costs. Plus, your equipment is bound to run for a few years longer when you take good care of it today.
Air leaks can develop wherever two building materials are connected. Find and seal these leaks to keep your home comfortable and reduce the strain on your HVAC system. Here are some tips:
In the summer, your goal is to shut out solar heat gain. Shutting reflective curtains over the windows in the afternoon is an easy way to do this. If your budget allows, you can also try to plant trees on the south and west sides of your home. By choosing deciduous trees, you can enjoy cooling shade in the summer while still allowing the sun to heat your home for free in the winter.
Conserve this limited 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 turn them off with the flip of a switch when not in use. Additionally, unplug cell phone chargers and other adapters when you don’t need them to prevent small amounts of “phantom” energy consumption.
Do you still have old incandescent bulbs throughout the house? Replace them with LEDs to save as much as 70 percent on your lighting bills. Bulb replacement costs also decrease because LEDs last about 25 times longer than incandescent lights.
Appliances are the energy hogs of the home. Conserve energy with these tips:
A lot of cost-cutting measures relate directly to your home heating, cooling and plumbing systems. If you need help applying these tips, reach out to Levy & Son Service Experts. We offer affordable maintenance and repair support, along with cost-effective installation and replacement services. Plus, with financing options available, even larger upgrades will fit your budget. For more information about our services or to request an estimate, please contact your local Levy & Son Service Experts office today.
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