Have you ever opened your energy bill to come and discover you are paying far more than you ever thought possible? Sure, it is a warm summer, but the energy bill is out of this world. That issue has happened to everyone, yet you don’t need to just sit down and take it. There are several easy energy efficiency improvements you can make, ranging from tasks you can do to a few local professionals can lend a hand in.
Change your Washing and Dish Washing Settings
Wash your clothing in cold water and set your dish washer to “air dry.” These two settings will help you save well over $100 annually.
One of the best energy efficiency improvements is to install a programmable thermostat. This allows you to change the temperature of your home when you are gone or while you are sleeping. Smart thermostats even allow you to control the temp while away from the house. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own, you can bring in the HVAC professionals at Pascal for assistance.
Change Your AC Filters
Swap out your filters at least once every three months (living in Oklahoma, you may want to do it every two due to the added dust from the environment). This keeps your AC running at peak efficiency.
Seal Air Leaks
Check for air leaks around doors and windows. The smallest crack can cost you hundreds of dollars annually. In fact, according to the Energy.gov, you can save up to 20 percent on your heating and cooling bills by sealing off these air leaks.
Energy Efficient Bulbs
If you haven’t already, you really do need to swap out your older bulbs for LED, CFL or energy-efficient halogen incandescent bulbs. These will cut your lighting bills by 80 percent (just make sure to keep the lights off when you’re not at home).
Closing the window shades helps prevent heat loss and blocks out warmer temperatures from the sunlight. This allows your home to remain comfortable while cutting down on your heating and cooling bills.
Performing these tips and maintaining your HVAC system is a must and will help improve the overall energy efficiency inside of your home. To schedule an HVAC cleaning, tuning or installation appointment, make sure to reach out and contact Airco Service Inc. for all your heating, air and geothermal needs.