These Small Changes Can Mean Big Energy Bill Savings

These Small Changes Can Mean Big Energy Bill SavingsWhen it comes to energy savings, it’s the small changes that count. While major modifications to your house require substantial investment and usually impose long payback times, a miscellany of minor changes on a day-to-day basis are often low-cost or even free.

However, they can add up to meaningful savings on monthly bills. Over the last decade, electricity costs in the U.S. have risen by about one-third. Conservation is one of the most effective counter-measures to offset these increases and, better yet, pays off from day one. Here are some small changes you can make to start saving bigger now.

  • Program your thermostat accordingly. In summer, air conditioners run most efficiently when the thermostat setting is at about 78 degrees. If you’re typically programming lower temperatures than that, consider this: a three-degree increase in the thermostat setting can reduce total A/C energy consumption by nearly 10 percent.
  • Block out the sun. Windows admit solar energy that contributes to indoor heating and makes your air conditioner run longer. Close drapes and blinds during daylight hours.
  • Circulate air with ceiling fans. Air in motion feels cooler, allowing you to bump up the thermostat setting and reduce air conditioner usage with no noticeable decrease in indoor comfort. An average central A/C draws over 3,000 watts. High-efficiency ceiling fans consume less than 100 watts.
  • Change the filter. Air conditioners typically run more hours per day than furnaces in winter. Therefore, filter changes should be an every-month routine. A fresh filter sustains optimum air flow volume, circulating more cool air and keeping A/C cycles shorter and operating costs lower.
  • Seal air leaks. Caulking and weatherstripping tape is cheap. The cost of running the air conditioner more hours per day to compensate for heat gain due to air leaks isn’t. Seal cracks and gaps in the joints between walls and along the floor with silicone caulk. Replace worn weatherstripping around doors and windows with adhesive weatherstripping tape.

Contact Paitson Bros., the Wabash Valley source for heating and cooling sales and service since 1922, about more small changes you can make to save energy.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy bills savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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