Extreme temperatures in the winter and summer can trigger higher energy costs. According to Energy Star, the average family spends about $2,200 a year on energy bills. Yet, simple measures can significantly reduce this number. It’s important for families to work together and conserve energy as a team.
Tired of high-energy bills? Here are eight practical solutions to reduce your energy costs.
1. Schedule an HVAC inspection. Some people only call an HVAC technician when their heat or air conditioning isn’t working. However, a faulty system or ventilation problems can trigger higher than normal energy costs. Have your system inspected at least once a year. These inspections are relatively inexpensive and cost under $100. The technician with check your ventilation to ensure proper function, as well as check your system duct leaks.
2. Shop around for a new energy supplier. Being overly loyal to a particular energy supplier can result in paying higher energy costs. Switch to an all-natural gas and electric company and save money each month. A different company may have cheaper energy rates, wherein your family can use the same amount of energy each month, but pay lower utility bills. For more information on how to reduce your cost, visit www.newyorkenergyrates.com.
3. Change your air filters. Unfortunately, many households ignore proper air filter maintenance. Depending on your brand, change your filter about every 3 to 6 months. This not only improves the air-quality inside your home, but prevents a clogged filter. Air cannot properly flow through a filter that’s clogged with dirt and dust. As a result, your unit has to work harder and use more energy.
4. Go energy-efficient. Whether you’re buying new appliances, new doors or new windows for your house, look for the Energy Star logo. These appliances use less water and electricity, whereas energy-efficient windows and doors reduce heat loss.
5. Use fans. Cranking up your air condition can quickly cool your house. But if there’s a cool breeze outside, open your windows and turn on a fan. This will circulate the air inside your home and create a comfortable temperature without using a lot of electricity.
6. Keep your blinds closed. Closing the blinds or drapes on a hot summer day can quickly reduce the temperature inside your home and reduce the need for air conditioning. And if you decide to turn on your AC unit, you don’t have to maintain a low temperature to keep your home cool -which saves energy.
7. Turn off the lights. Get into the routine of turning off lights, radios and the television when leaving a room. The more electricity your family uses, the higher your energy costs.
8. Programmable thermostat. To see a drop in your energy bill, invest in a programmable thermostat and keep your unit off during the day while everyone’s away. Program your unit to turn on about one hour before the family returns home. This allows enough time for the system to cool or heat your home.
Opening your electric or gas bill and being greeted with an expensive number can cast a cloud over your day. Stop paying high energy costs and take action. The more proactive you are, the more you can save.
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