Ten tips to a lower energy bill

Who doesn’t want to save money? We all do. Follow these simple steps and not only will you save money on your electric bill but you will have a more comfortable home or commercial environment year round.

1.) Change your filters regularly.
We can’t stress enough how many service calls in the middle of the summer heat we get where the problem stemmed from a clogged/unclean filter.

2.) Purchase a programmable thermostat and use it correctly.
It only requires a little effort to get set up but can really save you some money in the long run.

3.) Purchase a more efficient Air Conditioning unit.
If your home or business has a 10 year old system upgrading to today’s high efficiency units can not only save you money but potentially pay for itself in your monthly energy savings.

4.) Have your AC system maintained/inspected on a regular basis.
No one would be surprised if your car broke down because you never changed the oil or did any maintenance and your home air conditioner is the same way. Most HVAC professionals recommend at least a twice yearly maintenance schedule for homes and possibly more for a commercial system.

5.) Seal your home correctly.
Leaks and cracks that let cool air out can be costly over time. Some caulk and whether-stripping used properly along with proper insulation can save you up to 20% of your energy.

6.) Change your light bulbs.
Swapping incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents can cut a home electric bill. Switching one incandescent for a CFL saves $35 in energy costs over the projected 10-year life of the bulb. Not only do CFLs use less energy than conventional bulbs, but they also generate less heat.

7.) Unplug.
Gadgets like a cellphone charger or microwave suck energy — and generate heat — as long as they’re attached to a power source. Standby power for appliances not in use typically accounts for 5% to 10% of residential electricity use. Plug those devices into a power strip that can be turned off when not in use.

8.) Refrigerators and freezers can use 20% of household energy. 
To maximize these appliances’ efficiency, clean the condenser coils at the back or bottom of the refrigerator twice a year.

9.) Drapes can add an extra layer of insulation.
Blinds also can insulate, but they aren’t as effective. Keep your drapes closed at night and on sunny days, open up the drapes and blinds to let in the sun’s free heat, especially on the south side of your house.

10.) Use Energy Star products.
Lastly… Look for the Energy Star seal on all your household appliances to make sure they meet the standards for best possible energy ratings.

The bulk of most homeowners’ energy spending comes from heating and cooling. If you invest in some improvements into your home’s energy efficiency, you will see the return in the years to come. Remember that most investments you make in energy-saving technology for your home pay for themselves over time. If you sit down and do the math, you’ll find that a single payment can help you save hundreds or thousands of dollars over the years. The advantage of this is that, once you’ve gained back the initial investment, it’s all gain.

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