Earth Day Energy (and money!) Saving TipsPublished: April 23, 2014
Earth Day may have been yesterday, but better late than never to share some energy saving tips, right? Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other system in your home. Below are just a few of the many,many tips out there to help out the environment, while saving yourself some money too!
1. Change the filters in your current HVAC system. A new air filter can increase the efficiency of your HVAC system by giving it proper airflow. There are several types of permanent air filters available in various efficiencies that can help you filter the air in your home. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, hay fever or other breathing difficulties, there is an air filter that can help you. We can even provide you with the same type of air filter used in hospital operating rooms.
2. Install a digital setback thermostat. A digital setback thermostat is designed for people with fixed schedules that take them in and out of the home. With it, you can program the temperature to ‘set-back’ when you are not at home. This feature keeps you comfortable when you’re home and saves you money when you’re not by reducing the energy needs to heat and cool your home. We can help you select the prefect thermostat for your home.
3. Save on water-heating bills. Some ways to save on these bills require greater financial investments than others. You may wish to consider the no- or low-cost options before making large purchases. Also allow for circumstances that may be unique to your household when deciding on the appropriate options (e.g., a small-capacity washing machine could meet the needs of a one-person household efficiently).
Although it is not feasible to eliminate water heating in your home, it is possible to substantially reduce water-heating costs without sacrificing comfort and convenience. The tips in this publication can help decrease your costs for heating water.
4. Add additional air returns to your current system. Lack of return air is a very common problem for those systems that were either poorly designed or originally planned for heat only applications. Adding additional returns to your system allows for greater supply air into your home, resulting in better airflow and comfort for your family. The benefits you will receive by taking care of this problem include: quieter operation, better airflow, fewer repairs, longer life of your equipment, lower utility bills and, best of all, greater comfort.
Call us today to learn how we can help you save energy… and money!