Modern technology provides many comforts, such as keeping our homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Of course these comforts also come with a price, but there are always ways to conserve energy and lower your utility bills. If you’re interested in reducing your energy costs, we have some quick tips to help you in the process:
Seal Up Your Home
If you have installed a new heating and cooling system but aren’t feeling the effects, check your door and window frames. Poor insulation is a serious efficiency problem, but it can be improved easily. You can seal cracks with some caulk and weather-stripping, or you can upgrade your doors and windows to help reduce air loss.
Unplug Your Appliances
This is a common and effective tip that people still tend to ignore. Some electrical appliances are still using energy even when they are turned off. Power strips that cut off the flow of electricity to devices not in use are great, but unless you have a power strip in every outlet you should be unplugging some devices. The time spent doing so is worth the potential savings.
Upgrade Your Light Bulbs
The next time you replace a bulb, go for the energy efficient ones. While they may cost more out of pocket, the savings they provide over time will make switching out your bulbs one of the easiest, most effective ways to cut energy costs.
Maintain Your Cooling System
Even energy efficient air conditioning systems can lose efficiency if not well-maintained. It’s up to you to make sure that they are running at maximum efficiency. Take advantage of regular maintenance, and don’t let your system work harder than it should. Simply changing your system’s air filter each month will make a difference in maintaining efficiency.
Get to Know Your Thermostat
You can turn your heating and cooling system down when there is nobody home, and installing a programmable thermostat will make it easy to set more consistent temperatures at varying times throughout the day.
Cut Back on Appliance Use
Cooking dinner or drying your clothes may not us a lot of energy but it does heat up your home. When it’s warm, hang your laundry to dry. Prepare cold salads for dinner. If you really want a hot meal, try a crock pot. The less heat you’re creating, the cooler your home will be, which means less work for your air conditioning system.
Join Our Comfort Club™
As a Comfort Club™ member, you'll receive:
- Air Conditioner Maintenance - One precision tune-up, professional cleaning and rejuvenation of your air conditioner, plus one safety check, usually in the early spring or summer.
- Furnace Maintenance - One precision tune-up, professional cleaning and rejuvenation of your furnace, plus one safety check, usually in the fall or winter.
When summer comes around, you want to be able to enjoy yourself instead of worrying about energy costs. Use these tips and start saving now.
To learn more ways you can cut your energy costs, call McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning at (402) 913-3444.