Did you know that these few simple tips can save you tons on your next energy bill?

Forty to fifty percent of energy used on a typical home comes from your cooling and heating costs. You must maintain your systems, no matter what type, brand or model you have. If you follow these simple rules and check your insulation and weatherization often your return will be well worth your effort.

  • Close shades and curtains when intense sunlight is facing your home. Re-open in the morning and evening when it is cooler out side.
  • Use house fans or ceiling fans to cool home and circulate cool air
  • Check your HVAC system to make sure it is running properly and efficiently
  • Always set your thermostat at a temperature high as possible for your comfort. Every degree makes a difference on your energy bill.
  • Set your ceiling fans on high unless it is humid outside. At this time keep the setting on low.
  • Always protect and shade you AC unit with shrubs and trees without blocking the air flow. This can ensure longer lifespan on your unit and also save you up to ten percent of energy if shaded correctly.
  • When returning home, do not adjust your thermostat to a temperature cooler then usual thinking that it will cool your home at a more rapid rate. You are using more energy and putting stress on your unit as well.
  • If possible install an attic fan to pull hot air out of the space. This small project will make your AC system more effeciate and save energyHere are some of the heating and cooling factors to look at when checking the efficiency of a home. Your audit should take the below factors into consideration when checking your current home, remodeling a home, building an addition or building a new home.
  • How is the insulation in walls, floors, and attic?
  • Are there vapor barriers in walls and what condition are they currently in?
  • What is the quality of the windows? Are they single or double pane?
  • Check for heat or cooling loss around doors and windows. Are the weather-strips functioning properly or are they damaged?
  • Check quality of insulation in doors
  • Observe the integrity of ductwork
  • Observe the cleanliness of ductwork
  • How is the efficiency of heating and cooling systems?
  • Check the condition of filters, drain lines etc.
  • Use of solar energy or can we use solar energy?
  • Use of drapes and other window coverings to prevent heat or cooling loss.
  • When adding to your project always be sure your AC unit is properly sized.Following these guidelines and checking into these simple questions will help you save money on your next energy bill.

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