Energy Conservation

Follow These Tips to Reduce Your Bills!

Go green and save green by following these energy saving tips. Not only will you be saving money but will also be helping to protect the environment.

Heating Tips

  1. Use a programmable thermostat, it can save as much as 10% on your heating costs by automatically turning your heating system up or down to coincide with your daily routine.
  2. Lower your thermostat from 72 to 68 degrees during the heating season to save 5% on your heating costs.
  3. Make sure your home is properly insulated, otherwise you could lose up to 25% of your heating energy. Your attic needs at least 6 inches of insulation. Also insulate crawl spaces, walls, floors, and heating ducts.
  4. Seal any leaks in ductwork to prevent warm air from leaking out into unheated areas.
  5. Have your furnace or boiler regularly maintained by us. You can save as much as 10% off your energy costs.
  6. Keep your furnace filter clean. Dirty filters reduce air flow, causing your furnace to use more energy. If a warm air furnace is your heating source replace the filter monthly during the heating season.
  7. Keep your fireplace damper closed when not in use to prevent up to a 5% heat loss.
  8. Turn off kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans when not needed. In just one hour, all the heated air in your home can be drawn through an exhaust vent.
  9. Let the sun shine in during the winter by opening drapes on south-facing windows. At night close the drapes to retain heat.
  10. Upgrade to a high efficiency heating system.

Cooling Tips

  1. Change or clean your air conditioning filter monthly during the cooling season to improve efficiency and extend the life of your air conditioning system.
  2. Use a programmable thermostat. This device can save as much as 10% on cooling costs by automatically turning your cooling system up or down to coincide with your daily routine.
  3. By raising your thermostat from 72 to 78 degrees you can save on your cooling costs.
  4. Use ceiling fans to cool your home. They are much cheaper to operate than air conditioners and moving air feels cooler.
  5. Consider a whole house or attic fan. It draws in cool nighttime air through your open windows and forces out hot air that builds up during the day.
  6. By situating your central air conditioning condenser in the shade you can reduce your cooling costs by approximately 3%.
  7. Plant shade trees to shade your house from the sun during the summer, this could save up to 8% on cooling costs.
  8. Upgrade to a high-efficiency air conditioning system.