You may be a savvy homeowner but chances are you can be doing more to save on your energy bills. Most people are aware of energy efficient units but learning a few tricks of the trade can help you really max out on savings. Did you know where your central air unit is placed can have a bearing on how much you spend on energy bills?
Some folks have terrible energy habits. You likely know the family who wears heavy sweat shirts and sweat pants after creating a deep freeze in their home during summer months. Or perhaps you need to suffer through unbearable heat at your friend’s home during winter months.
Finding your optimal temperature keeps things comfortable and also places less of a strain on your heating or cooling unit.
If you are serious about cutting costs use these tips to save on energy bills.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Save money by using a programmable thermostat to heat things up without breaking the bank during cold winter months. Turn up the heat before you roll out of bed. You can also lower the heat when you leave for the office or you can lower the temperature when you hit the sack. It also helps to raise the temperature when you are getting ready to return home after a long day’s work. Reverse these scenarios during steaming hot summer months. Expect savings of up to 20% simply by using a programmable thermostat to adjust temperatures instead of doing the manual bit. If no elderly people or infants are living in your home consider lowering the temperature a degree or 2 from normal levels. Find you comfort zone and save on heating.
Clean Your Central Air Unit
Your central air unit needs to be kept free of debris to max out your savings. Make sure to clean leaves, sticks and dust from the unit to keep it humming along smoothly. Don’t allow this stuff to block airflow which makes your unit work harder. Make sure to have your unit in the shade. Being exposed to the sun overworks your unit and this results in a higher energy bill. If you can’t do the job on your own, or if you have little experience in this area, find an HVAC specialist to do the job for you. Invest in your unit. A few dollars now can help save you a bunch of headaches down the road.
Nothing is more silly than creating a bone-chillingly cold indoor environment during summer months. Why make it so cold that you need to wear a sweat suit indoors? Ditto for the homeowners who wear shorts and T-shirts indoors during winter months. Raising and lowering the indoor temperature to ridiculous, extreme levels also jacks up your energy bills. Find a comfortable temperature. Program your thermostat to maintain that temperature. Save on your bills each month. Put away the sweats during summer months and toss out the t-shirts during winter months. Be smart. Follow these simple tips to lessen your energy bills.