10 Ways To Save Money On Heating And Cooling Costs
- Do an energy audit of your house, identifying areas where heated air is leaking out. Close off the leaks using caulk, weather stripping, and other appropriate means.
- When heating your home, turn down the thermostat by 3-5 degrees when you’re at home.
- When heating your home, set the thermostat to 55 degrees, or turn off the heating system when you’re not at home.
- When cooling your home, turn up the thermostat by 3-5 degrees when you’re at home.
- When cooling your home, set the thermostat to 85 degrees, or turn off the cooling system when you’re not at home.
- Consider a programmable thermostat to raise and lower the temperature at pre-set times.
- Dirty air filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Before the heating and cooling seasons, check your filters as required by the manufacturer. Replace them when necessary.
- With your air conditioner, consider getting a tune-up done by a qualified professional. This could save up to 30% on your cooling costs.
- If your home has air conditioning and you live in a moderate climate zone, consider getting a whole house fan. This will reduce energy consumption by pulling cool air into your home from the outside, and moving warm air out through the attic.
- Replace your central AC or heat pump with an Energy Star qualified model with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 14 or higher. These units offer higher energy savings.
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