Did you know that nearly 45% of your utility bill goes toward heating and cooling your home? With such a large percentage of home energy dedicated to heating and cooling, you also have a great opportunity to make a big change in your utility bill. From simple to serious changes, your choices can have a dramatic impact on energy use and costs per year.
Heating Savings Tips
• Have a professional check your heating and cooling system once a year. Just like cars, your unit needs a tune-up to run efficiently. You can also clean your filters monthly to lengthen the life of your system.
• Insulate leaks or separations at the joint of your unit. You can use mastic, butyl tape, foil tape or other heat-approved tapes. Insulate duct-work as well.
• Keep furniture and drapes away from heating vents and radiator valves so air can flow freely. Close vents in rooms that are not in use and keep the door shut to prevent heating/cooling an extra room.
• Keep your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter. Use blankets and extra layers to keep warm. Every degree over 68 adds three percent more energy usage to your utility bill.
• Use the sunlight to heat your house. Keep blinds and curtains open in the day and closed at night.
• Purchase a programmable thermostat and program it to turn off when you leave and to come on right before you get home.
• Buy a humidifier. It takes a higher temperature to feel comfortable when the air is dry, which is normally in the winter months.