Taking Charge of Your Energy Bills: 5 Things You Should Be Doing Right Now | Blog
Taking charge of energy bills is an all-year consideration. A whole-house approach to system efficiency is worth the effort and takes a comprehensive look at your energy use. But you and your family can take simple steps to lower the energy bills in your Cincinnati home.
- Program your thermostat to save you money. A programmable thermostat not only helps to keep your home at the most comfortable temperature for any time of day, it also offers you a tool to keep your energy bills low. Understanding how programmable thermostats work, and utilizing a schedule, can bring your bills way down.
- Use caulk to seal leaks in your home. Heated or cool air can escape your home, and air from outside can slip in. Preventing that exchange means your system runs less. Seal places where electrical wires or plumbing come into your home. You should also inspect recessed lighting niches, windows, attics and crawlspaces.
- Replace your light bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs. LED and compact fluorescent lights (CFL) cost more at the outset, but will pay for themselves in lifespan and energy savings. Both come in many styles, so you can find the perfect bulb for whatever fixtures you have.
- Reduce the temperature on your water heater. Many water heaters come set at 140 degrees. Dropping the temperature to 120 degrees can add up to significant savings. If your hot water heater and piping are older, consider wrapping them in insulation to prevent heat loss.
- Work with an HVAC contractor for more savings. A heating and cooling professional can offer you help in taking charge of energy bills. Technicians can inspect ductwork for obstructions which force your system to work harder, and test this unseen part of your system for leaks. Yearly maintenance keeps your heating and cooling systems in top shape, such as a furnace evaluation. Efficient systems conserve energy, and save money, too.
If you have questions about how you can tune up your HVAC system for energy savings, or other home comfort needs, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing today. We proudly serve the greater Cincinnati area.
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