For most homeowners, half of the costs of the energy bill is for heating and cooling the house. Who doesn’t want to save money on that bill and see it reduced month over month? One way to achieve this is by finding more efficient ways to heat and cool the home. Here are a few adjustments that can be made to get there.
- Install a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans can be used in place of air conditioners, which require a large amount of energy.
- During warmer months, close blinds, shades, and drapes to help keep your home’s temperature cooler and reduce the work for your AC. Open shades during cooler months to let the sun warm your home.
- Set your thermostat to an appropriate temperature. Every degree of extra heating or cooling will increase energy usage by 6% to 8%. Specifically, they should be turned down at night and when no one is home. In most homes, about 2% of the heating bill will be saved for each degree that the thermostat is lowered for at least eight hours each day
- Replace air filters in air conditioners and heaters. Dirty filters make your system work harder and run longer than necessary.
- Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat saves money by allowing heating and cooling appliances to be automatically turned down during times that no one is home and at night. Programmable thermostats contain no mercury and, in some climate zones, can save up to $150 per year in energy costs.
- Dress for the weather. When you’re at home, dress in warm clothing in the winter and cooler clothing in the summer to stay comfortable without making your heater and AC