Ways to Save
Here are some things you can do to bring down your heating and cooling costs. The most important tip is to make sure your heating and air conditioning systems are functioning properly. An ill-maintained system or an inefficient design in your home could be wasting energy. You can't afford that. If you didn't have your heating and cooling inspections last year, now's the time for one. The cost will pay itself off in no time.
How to Change Your Environment to Lower Heating Costs
- Do a walk around of your house. The Department of Energy reports that drafts are a leading cause of wasted energy.
- Programmable thermostats can change temperatures automatically, so you wake up at a comfortable temperature in the morning. This may be the single most useful tool to install in your house, saving you on energy while you're away at work or asleep. That's almost 2/3 of your weekdays!
- Insulate your water heater. This makes sure that heat stays in where it should be. You should also weather-strip and caulk all of your doors to prevent the escape of heat. Caulking windows is a good idea too.
- Turn your thermostat up or down, (depending on the season), a few degrees. Often the change in temperature won't even be noticeable, especially once you've spent some time adjusting.
- Clean or replace your filters. This is the lifeblood of you system and it improves efficiency which saves you money. And thats good news for anyone concerned about the rising costs of energy.