Winter and summer are the most expensive energy months of the year for homeowners. This is obvious to most homeowners, but there are many tricks to lowering your energy bills during these months that may not be as obvious. Below are some ideas that can dramatically reduce your energy consumption during the winter and summer months.
Turn down your thermostat. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10 percent on climate control costs annually by adjusting the temperature 7 to 10 degrees from its usual setting for 8 hours per day. Usually you can adjust for a colder home by putting on more layers. A one degree difference change can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Use an electric blanket. If you plan to keep your home cooler during the night use an electric blanket to make up the difference. Turning an electric blanket on for just a few minutes before bed can keep you just as warm as if you had the temperature turned up 5 degrees or more!
Use the sun. On days where the sun is shining, keep your blinds or curtains open and let the heat in. Letting the sun heat your home can save a ton of energy and can often heat your home up quicker than some HVAC systems.
Tune up your furnace. Ideally, you should do this every year. The cleaning and instrument adjustments can make a real difference in your furnace efficiency, and a tune-up is the best way to catch small problems before they turn into big, expensive ones.
Seal your drafts. You can find drafts around your home with a handheld draft detector or even a lit candle – just walk around slowly and wait for the breeze to disturb the flame. Where you find drafts, repair them by replacing weather stripping or using spray foam insulation.
Use a space heater or AC. If you’ll be using one area of your home more than others try using a space heater and turn your HVAC system down. You may be surprised at how comfortable you can be with one of these small units.
Upgrade your furnace or AC. If you have an HVAC system that is over 10 years old it is probably a good idea to give it an upgrade. Using a newer system can save you a lot of energy. Talk to one of our HVAC professionals to find out if your system is in need of an upgrade.
Replace your attic insulation. Old insulation in your attic can lead to leaks in your warm or cold air. Having your attic insulation replaced when needed can make a huge difference in your energy bill.
For more ideas on saving energy with your HVAC system talk with one of our professionals today!