Tips for Energy Efficiency
1. Schedule preventative maintenance to ensure your unit is performing at its optimum level.
2. Install a programmable thermostat; you can save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by turning your thermostat back 10% to 15% for 8 hours with a programmable thermostat.
3. Clean or replace filters monthly.
4. Keep draperies and shades closed during summer months to keep sunlight from heating your rooms. During winter months, open south-facing draperies and shades to allow sunlight to help warm your home.
5. Set your thermostat as low as it is comfortable.
6. Set ceiling fans in reverse during summer months. This will circulate warm air and cool off the room. Most ceiling fans use the same electricity as a 100-watt light bulb and cost pennies a day to run.
7. Keep a 2 foot clearance of shrubs/bushes/plants from your unit. This will allow for proper air flow to your unit.
8. Install shrubs or trees at least 2 ft away from your unit to shade the air-conditioning unit, but not block airflow. A unit operating in the shade uses up to 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.
9. Insulate accessible heating ducts in unheated areas, such as the attic. Insulation minimizes heat loss during the winter.
10. Minimize the use of bathroom fans and kitchen hood fans in the winter. A bathroom fan can suck all of the heated air out of the average house in little more than an hour. 11. Make sure your home is properly insulated and sealed.
11. Make sure your home is properly insulated and sealed.
12. Don’t set your thermostat at a colder temperature setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster, and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.
13. Make sure curtains and furniture are not blocking vents.