Save Energy At Home, Part 2
Controlling energy costs is has always been a concern for homeowners, especially with the rising costs per kilowatt and summer just around the corner. Now’s the time to make small changes that can have a major impact on your summer electric bills. Check out these five tips to save energy at home:
Service your heating and air-conditioning system.
A dirty or clogged system will function with far less efficiency than a clean one, which means it will take more energy to get the same results. Have your system serviced before the high-use months arrive to get your system into tip-top shape. Paying a service technician’s fee now can save you exponentially down the line.
Add weather stripping around windows and doors.
If you’re running the ac, you want that cold air to stay inside your home. Use weather stripping, window caulking and door thresholds to seal up your home so that your air conditioner doesn’t have to work harder than it needs to.
Change your air filter regularly.
Check your filter every month, especially during months of heavy use. 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 cool. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.
Be smart about setting the temperature.
Homeowners can save up to 3 percent on energy bills simply by turning up the thermostat just one degree. Install a programmable thermostat to turn off your system when you are not home.
Install ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans can be a great way to supplement the use of an air conditioner and use much less energy to run.