ENERGY SAVING TIPS
Looking for some great energy saving tips?
- Give your AC tune-up. Running an inefficient AC system will result in high monthly bills.
- Change or clean your AC's air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
- Make sure your AC has a efficiency rating is 15 SEER or Above.
- Make saving automatic: Set your thermostat fan switch to "auto" to save energy.
- Install a programmable thermostat to adjust your temperature during unoccupied periods.
- Repair leaky ducts to reduce heating and cooling costs.
- Open interior doors so that cooled air flows freely throughout your home.
- Check for household leaks to make sure air isn't escaping through openings such as fireplace dampers, doors and windows.
- Close your exterior doors and windows tightly when the AC is on. Turn off kitchen and bath exhaust fans., when not in use.
- Use ceiling fans to cool off for less. Ceiling fans use no more electricity than a standard light bulb. However, be sure to turn fans off when you leave — they only cool people, not rooms.
- Install more ceiling fans. Because the breeze of a fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler, you can raise that thermostat and still stay comfortable.
- Install attic insulation rated R-30 and sealing any attic leaks to reduce high home cooling costs.
- Insulate your walls with injected foam insulation to help you save energy by keeping hot outside air from seeping through porous block walls –check with your local building supply company for details.
- Decorate for a cooler home by hanging light-colored curtains that allow light to enter a room while blocking some of the sun’s rays, and light-colored paint to reflect heat.
- Close unused air vents. If you have central AC you can close air vent in rooms you're not using so you're not paying to cool them.
- Block the sun from overheating your home! Inside, use shades, blinds and drapes. Outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs.
- Plant trees to provide shade on the sunny side of your home.