The average household spends more than $2,200.00 yearly on energy bills, with nearly half of that going to heating and cooling costs.
How can I save money on my electric bills, you ask?
1. Learn how to maintain your cooling and heating system.
2. Improve the efficiency of your HVAC (heating, cooling and ventilation) system.
3. Decide when it’s time to replace your HVAC equipment with more energy efficient equipment.
Consider making changes if any of these conditions apply:
1. Some of your rooms are too hot or too cold.
2. Your home has humidity problems or excessive dust.
3. Your equipment needs frequent repairs.
4. You leave your thermostat at one constant temperature.
5. You used the EnergyStar Home Energy Yardstick, and your score is below 5.
Saving Money on your Electric Bill
1. Maintain your equipment: Check your filter every month. Some homes may need to change theirs every month depending on pets, etc. Have your HVAC equipment tuned up at least once a year. *Most air conditioning warranties require a tune up yearly to keep your warranty intact. Spring and Fall are the optimal times. Mark it on your calendar.
2. Use a programmable thermostat. Program it to raise the temperature approx. 8 degrees if you will be gone all day.
3. Switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction in the summer; In the winter, run it at low speed, but clockwise.
4. Make sure your AC has a rating – or SEER ( Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) of 15 or higher. Not only will your AC be more efficient you may eligible for a rebate up to $300.
5. Insulate your walls with injected foam insulation to help save energy by keeping hot outside air from seeping through porous block walls.
6. Use blinds or shades to block out the sun.
7. Keep interior doors open to allow air to flow freely through your home.