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TIPS TO LOWER YOUR ELECTRIC BILL

 

HVAC:                        Accounts for about half of your utility bill.

 

1.                              Make sure your unit is sized properly for your house.  An oversized unit may turn on and off too frequently which could shorten the equipment life.  An undersized unit will have to work too hard to heat or cool your house and in addition to higher electric bills, your equipment life will be shortened.

 

2.                             Change your air filters monthly.  Dirty filters make your unit work too hard, reduce air flow and contribute to freon leaks and increase electric usage due to longer run time.  This should also help keep dirt out of the air that you breathe.

 

3.                             Since your biggest user of electricity is your air conditioner and heater, make sure you have at least annual maintenance checks (Spring and Fall is ideal) by qualified A/C technicians who will check your systems to make sure you don’t have components that are failing, dirty coils restricting performance or leaks in your ductwork and registers.   Up to 20% of your air flow can be lost through leakage and poorly connected ductwork.    We can make sure your systems are performing at their highest efficiency.

 

4.                             Make sure that your registers and return air registers are unobstructed by rugs or furniture.

 

5.                             Install a programmable thermostat to help regulate your home’s temperature while you are at work or sleep or away for extended periods of time. 

 

6.                             Adjust your manual thermostat by keeping your temperatures higher in the summer and lower in the winter to save utility costs.  Even a couple of degrees higher on your temperature settings can save about 14% on your bill.

 

7.                             Consider replacing your inefficient and outdated systems with newer, energy efficient units.

 

 

INSULATION and ATTIC: 

Consider adding additional insulation to help keep out the heat and cold. 

Make sure you have good air flow with proper gable and roof vents.

 

DOORS AND WINDOWS:

 

1.     Check for drafts under doors.  Add weather stripping and better fitting door sweeps to prevent conditioned air from escaping and outside air to enter.

2.     Consider upgrading windows or doors that are more energy efficient.

3.     Add sun screens to the outside of your windows.

 

EXTERIOR:

1.     Caulk and seal any gaps.  Not only will this help prevent air loss, it will keep bugs out!

 

OTHER INTERIOR TIPS:

1.     Weatherize your attic access.

2.     Make sure your chimney flues are closed when not in use.

3.     Seal gaps around plumbing protrusions.

4.      Unplug unused appliances that drain power and use power strips that can turn off several unused devices at once. Even while turned off, electronic and computer equipment continue to use electricity and accounts for about 8% of total household electricity costs.

5.     Buy Energy Star appliances.

6.     Buy energy efficient light bulbs.

7.     Turn lights off when leaving a room.

8.     Use ceiling fans to keep air circulating, but run only when occupying the room.   In the winter, switch the blades to rotate an updraft to force warm air down.  In the summer, the blades should blow the air downwards.

9.     Look for Energy Star computer and electronic equipment too.  These are generally always plugged in so be sure to activate “sleep” mode when not in use.

 

10.    Laundry - Clothes washer:  Use cold water as much as possible and full loads which will also save water.  Clothes dryers:  Use the moisture sensor to automatically turn it off so the dryer won’t run longer than necessary.  Always clean your lint trap after every load.  If it can’t vent the water out your dryer will run longer than it needs to.

 

These are just a few tips to help to save you money.   And remember to call us to keep your HVAC running in tip top shape!