3 Tips to Save Energy
Saving energy makes life better. Would you rather spend money on a tasty dinner at an upscale neighborhood bistro or send it to Metropolis power? Here are three easy ways to conserve on heating and cooling costs and have more cash for fun nights out:
1. Get a Programmable Thermostat
Fifty percent of what you spend on utility bills goes toward heating and cooling. A basic programmable thermostat can cut your costs by at least 15 percent without sacrificing comfort, and models with advanced technology can reduce costs by 20 percent or more. Programmable devices can be set to reduce or raise temperatures while you’re asleep or away from home. If you spend $2,000 annually on heating and cooling, you could reduce your payout by $400.
2. Seal Air Leaks
Sealing leaks can cut utility bills by up to 20 percent. As a bonus, you’ll feel more comfortable indoors after eliminating these drafts. You can hire a home auditor to find leaks or search them out yourself. Leaks can usually be found around windows, doors, plumbing fixtures, flooring edges, baseboard gaps and in open fireplace dampers. They are easy to seal with caulk and weatherstripping. Attic insulation can reduce utility bills, and sealing your ductwork will reduce leaks even more. Auditors use a blower door test and an infrared camera to identify hidden leaks, but sealing the obvious leaks yourself still saves money.
3. Schedule Annual HVAC Maintenance
Annual equipment maintenance optimizes HVAC performance, and because high-performance HVAC equipment is energy-efficient, maintenance can decrease Metropolis utility bills by 10 to 40 percent. Regular maintenance also preserves original air conditioner and furnace efficiencies; without maintenance, these systems can lose up to five percent of their efficiencies annually.
To learn more easy ways to save money on heating and cooling costs in your Metropolis home or commercial building, visit Mike Merritt or call (123) 456-7890.