A great, and sometimes quite easy, way to lower your expenses is to reduce your energy costs. While you may usually associate that with turning down the thermostat in winter, there are things you can do right now in the spring that can make a big difference in how much you spend on energy!
We’ve put together five tips to get you started on savings:
You’d be surprised how many people don’t use their programmable thermostats properly, or at all. If you have central air conditioning or ductless mini-splits, program the thermostat to turn off the A/C just before you leave for the day, and then turn back on about a half-hour before you’re scheduled to get back. Keeping the A/C off for eight hours a day can reduce your cooling costs by up to 10%.
Are you still using incandescent light bulbs? If the answer is yes, you’re missing out on a great way to cut your energy costs. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) use less than one-third the energy of traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times longer. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use about one-quarter the energy of traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.
If your water heater is still at the factory-set temperature of 140˚ Fahrenheit, the U.S. Department of Energy says you can lose more than $400 a year between stand-by and demand heating loss. In most uses, your water does not have to be this hot and 140˚ water poses a scalding risk, especially for infants, children and the elderly. Set the thermostat to 120˚ Fahrenheit. You’ll save money without sacrificing comfort. And if you need to replace your water heater, we can help you upgrade to a more energy-efficient, money-saving one like our tankless water heaters.
By moving the air around your home, fans of all kinds can help you keep cool. Turn the direction of your ceiling fan blades counterclockwise to draw warmer air up away from you. If you have upper stories on your home, use fans in windows to draw hot air out of your home.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an annual tune-up can help your home’s central air conditioning system reduce its energy use by up to 15%. You’ll also save money by preventing breakdowns and repairs. Now is a great time to have your air conditioning serviced. Contact your air conditioning service technician to schedule your AC tune-up!
Contact us to find out how we can help you save on home energy costs and more, today!