Reducing the amount of energy your home uses doesn’t have to be complicated. With these simple energy-saving tips, you can learn to reduce your monthly energy bill and help preserve this beautiful world we live in.
Tip #1 Make sure all your windows and doors are well-sealed
Both heating and air conditioning account for nearly 50% of the average American home’s energy usage. This number is greatly increased when either warm or cool air escapes through poorly sealed entryways and windows. As the air escapes, your heater and/or air conditioning unit will attempt to compensate to maintain the desired temperature. Not only does this demand more effort on the part of your appliance, but it ends up wasting what you are already paying for. Furthermore, units which must overcompensate wear down faster and require greater maintenance costs down the road. Making sure all possible airway entries are well sealed will save you money for the entire life of your HVAC unit.
Tip #2 Properly set your thermostat
It is an unknown fact that decreasing the temperature of your home by just 1 degree Celsius can save you up to 8% on your energy bill. When you set your home thermostat back 10-15 degrees during summer seasons, you can save between 5-15% on annual energy costs. This makes for a fast and easy method of both saving money and avoiding waste.
Tip #3 Maintain consistent temperatures
Every air conditioning unit has an optimal temperature range which helps it operate at its greatest degree of efficiency. Experienced HVAC technicians can help identify the ideal range for your unit. If you the manual handy, you might also be able to locate it there. A radically changing temperature schedule will jeopardize the efficiency and long-term sustainability of the unit. Like with many things, moderation is key.
Tip #4 Harness the weather
Window coverings can be used for more than just aesthetics. Keeping the window covers closed during hot seasons can have a remarkable impact on how warm your home gets and of course, how hard your AC unit will need to work to preserve ideal temperatures. They can affect the cooler seasons as well, by keeping heat inside and blocking cold air. Did you know that keeping your south-facing window coverings open during the winter and closed at night greatly helps in managing temperatures? Give it a try. Your HVAC system will thank you for it.
Tip #5 Look for good SEER scores
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio scores measure how efficiently your unit cools your home. A higher score indicates a greater degree of efficiency. While this may appear unnecessary, it will save you money every time you pay your heating bill. For most homes, a score upwards of 13 is enough to guarantee a great AC performance. There is an impressive and ever-increasing number of energy-efficient HVAC options available today, possibly because it is a win-win investment. Both you and the environment will reap the benefits.
Tip #6 Don’t forget your de-stratification fans
De-stratification fans don’t get nearly enough credit. Stratified air is unmixed and therefore has layered temperatures. While ground level may be cool, ceiling temperatures can be several degrees warmer. The higher the ceiling is, the greater the differential. What does this mean for your HVAC system? It means more work trying to accommodate varying room temperatures. This is where destratification fans come into play. By mixing the air in a room, the temperature is regulated. This takes a huge burden off your HVAC system and ultimately, saves energy.
Tip #7 Routine Maintenance
Annual performance check-ups for your HVAC units, as well as their components, is the most effective way to guarantee your home is receiving its maximum energy potential and savings. Not only does this prevent expensive break downs such as engine or compressor failure, but it keeps you well prepared for the multitude of weather changes that pass through seasonally. Maintaining will always be less expensive than fixing or replacing your unit. Making sure to change the air filters every month will also guarantee unhindered and effective airflow throughout your home. It’s the simple things that often make a huge impact. These basic steps can easily help save you time, money, and energy you would rather spend elsewhere.