Save Energy on Your Electric Bill
There are some practical methods to reduce your monthly utility bill. Here is our “Top 10 Ways to Save Energy” list.
Plug Holes to the Outside
Check for household leaks to make sure air isn’t escaping through openings such as the fireplace, doors and windows. Repair leaky ducts to reduce heating and cooling costs and qualify for a rebate up to $120 toward repairs. Close unused air vents. If you have central AC you can close air vent in rooms you’re not using so you’re not paying to cool them.
Use ceiling fans, they use no more electricity than a standard light bulb and the breeze of a fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler.
Change HVAC Filters
In order to keep your HVAC system maintained you need to change or clean your heating and air conditioning systems’s air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
Make sure your air conditioning system has a good SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 15. Not only will your AC be more efficient, you could also be eligible for a tax rebate.
Properly Adjusted Thermostat
Make saving automatic: Set your thermostat fan switch to “auto” to save energy. Leaving it in the “on” position keeps air running constantly. Install a programmable thermostat to adjust your temperature during the day.
Block the sun from overheating your home! Inside, use shades, blinds and insulated drapes. Outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs. Decorate for a cooler home by hanging light-colored curtains that allow light to enter a room while blocking some of the sun’s rays, and light-colored paint to reflect heat.
Insulate Your Home
Insulate your walls with injected foam insulation to help save energy by keeping hot outside air from seeping through porous exterior walls – check with your local building supply company for details.
Heater and Air Conditioner Tune-up
Give your heating and air conditioning system a tune-up. Running an inefficient AC system can result in high monthly bills. Plus, you could qualify for a rebate.
Plant fast growing, non invasive trees and shrubs to provide shade on the south facing side of your home and utilize a Green AC system. It can save you thousands of dollars per year and help the environment at the same time.
Identify your Heat Load
Heat load is a calculation based upon the size of a room and the size of an air conditioner needed to control the temperature in that space. The term heat load identifies the amount of heat that must be displaced with cool air from a room in a given period to meet the user’s needs. Calculations are required in each space, as all spaces are different in size and thermal properties. The calculations may be done using software or done manually by any licensed and experienced HVAC technician.
Link to the Energy Department – “Save Energy, Save Money”
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