ENERGY SAVING TIPS
Clean or replace filters.
Some filters need to be cleaned monthly. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool – wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system which can lead to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.
Install a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you money in energy costs.
Tune up your HVAC equipment yearly.
Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort. Plan to do cooling and heating system maintenance at least twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall.
Consider upgrading your heating and cooling equipment
If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping your house comfortable, have it evaluated by our professional HVAC technicians. If it is not performing efficiently or needs upgraded, consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR. But before you invest in a new HVAC system, make sure that you have addressed the big air leaks in your house and the duct system. Sometimes, these are the real sources of problems rather than your HVAC equipment.
Seal and Insulate
Sealing air leaks around your home and adding insulation can help your home be more comfortable and energy efficient and provide up to a 10% savings on your energy bills annually. Simple fixes include installing weather stripping on doors and caulking around windows, while bigger jobs might include sealing leaks and adding insulation in your attic.
Water usage in your home
Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F. Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.