Your energy bills can get pretty expensive during the peak summer and winter months. This is because you’ll be relying on your AC and your heating system to ensure the comfort of your home. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can reduce those expensive energy costs. The following are a few ways to save energy around the home:
- Install a programmable thermostat – A programmable thermostat can go a long way in helping to reduce your energy use. This is because you can set your temperatures a week ahead of time to automatically change depending on the time of day. For example, if everyone leaves the house during the day for school or work, you can set your thermostat to automatically change to the most energy-saving setting. This way, you avoid wasting energy on heat or AC throughout your home when nobody’s there.
- Use your ceiling fans – Your ceiling fans can help reduce your reliance on your heating or cooling systems, thereby shaving off some of your energy costs. During the summer, ceiling fans will help disperse cool air and get rid of moisture in your air, thereby making your home feel cooler than it is. In the winter, the ceiling fans will help to disperse heat more evenly, allowing your heating system to work more efficiently.
- Use your blinds or curtains – During the summer, keeping your blinds or curtains closed on the side of your house that’s facing the sun will help prevent the sun’s heat from pouring into your home. By blocking out the sun’s heat, you make it easier for your AC to cool your home to your desired temperature. During the winters, leave the windows open so that the sun helps aid your heating system in warming up your home, but close the blinds and curtains at night to keep heat trapped inside.
- Wash your clothes in cold water – If you have a regular water heater, then every time you do laundry you’re going to use a ton of energy. This is because your water heater will need to send hot water to your washer and then replace the hot water in its tank. Because of how much energy is needed to do this, consider using the cold water setting to wash your clothes. Cold water will work just as well and won’t use up such a substantial amount of energy.
- Change your filters – Make sure that you change your AC or furnace filters every month. Their purpose is to trap dust and debris to help ensure that your indoor air quality is good. However, that dust and debris are going to build up over time and if you don’t clean or replace your filters, they will become blocked, preventing air from getting through efficiently and thereby causing you to waste energy.
Use these energy-saving tips to help reduce your home energy costs. For all your heating and AC needs, be sure to contact us at Air, Air, Plumbing & Heating Solutions today.