As homeowners, we all want to find more ways to cut our monthly energy bills. The good news is that with a few small changes, this isn't just probable... it's inevitable. Here are a few of our favorite tips:
Call an HVAC Contractor
Your cooling system is arguably the most important piece of equipment in your home. This equipment should be serviced by a reputable HVAC contractor on an annual basis to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. Doing this will lower your energy usage and extend the life of the unit.
Turn Up the Thermostat
It's understandable that you'll want to turn the thermostat down once the hottest months of the year arrive. But as much as possible, crank up the unit by a couple of degrees. This will ensure that your HVAC usage doesn't skyrocket. If you get too warm, try using a fan, which will use a lot less energy.
Make Changes to Your Water Usage
No one wants to admit that they waste water, but we all do it at one time or another. Luckily, making small changes to your water usage is one of the easiest things you can do. Things like taking shorter showers, turning the water off while you brush your teeth, and only washing clothes or dishes when you have a full load will all go a long way to lowering costs.
Pick Up a New Thermostat
Most homeowners no longer have to deal with manual thermostats. If you do, it's time for an upgrade to a programmable model that provides you with the functionality of setting when your HVAC equipment switches on and off. For homeowners who already have a programmable unit, you can upgrade to a wi-fi thermostat to obtain more control. Either choice will save you money by allowing you to monitor your HVAC system.