TAKE THESE STEPS TO HELP YOU SAVE MONEY AND ENRGY THIS WINTER:
- Change your filter
So, what’s the big deal about changing or cleaning the air filter(s) at home? We’re glad you asked! A dirty filter makes your heating system work harder, which uses more energy. Simply replace your filter every few months or opt for a washable one – they can last up to five years. And don’t forget: changing your filters can cut down on dust around the house.
- Maintain your system
You probably change the oil in your car more than once a year. You should also properly maintain your heating and cooling system with regular service calls from a licensed technician. Like air filters, dirty coils and fans reduce airflow through your heating and cooling system. Annual or semi-annual check-ups can improve your system’s efficiency and prevent costly repairs.
- Program your thermostat
You can save around 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day. If that sounds like a difficult task, then you should think about installing a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to automatically set specific temperatures at different times of the day.
- Use your fans
The ceiling fans in your home are a great way to stay cool in the summer – and warm in the winter. Simply set the fans to operate in a clockwise direction. This will push warm air, which collects near the ceiling, back down into the room. And don’t forget to shut off ceiling fans when you’re finished in a room. Doing so will just add to your energy savings.