Energy-Saving Tips That Work For Tight Budgets
In a down economy, looking for ways to save some money is never a bad idea. One way that you can save a good chunk of money each month, is to reduce the amount of energy you consume in your home.
There are a number of ways to reduce energy-consumption without having to upgrade to a new and more expensive system. Use these budget-friendly energy-savings tips to start saving money immediately:
- Reduce the temperature a couple of degrees. Did you know that if you turn the temperature back on your thermostat by a couple of degrees, you can reduce your utility bills significantly? In fact, for every degree you lower the temperature between the range of 60-70 degrees, you will save an additional 5 percent on heating costs.
- Switch-out your filters every three or four months. Dirty air filters harm the level of airflow in your system, making it to work harder just to get conditioned air through the dirt and debris that has built up on the filter.
- Repair air leaks in your home. Air leaks allow tempered air to exit your home, and create huge energy losses. This raises the cost of your utility bills significantly. Inspect doors, windows, and areas where pipes go through walls, floors and ceilings. You can use caulking and insulation to seal up air leaks.
- Reduce your hot water temperature. For every 10 degrees you lower the temperature of your water heating system, you can save an additional 3-5 percent on your utility bill. Most water heater manufacturers preset their units to 140 degrees, when 120 degrees is sufficient for most homeowners.
If you follow these energy-saving tips, you can minimize the costs of your utility bills, and you will be able to put the money you save to better use. For further assistance on your home comfort needs, contact the professionals at Air-Trotoday. We’re always happy to help.
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