Four Ways to Effectively Lower Your Utility Bills
What if we told you that you could make some minor changes and see lots of improvement? The improvement would come in two ways – on your energy use and on your expenses. By using the following four tips, you can save thousands of unnecessary costs each year.
Furnace Check Up and Tune Up
Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of a furnace tune up. Many people either forget about this maintenance tune up or often overlook it thinking it’s not important. We encourage you to compare how much it costs to have a tune up done on your heating and cooling unit, with the price of replacing a unit. With the amount of savings you end up enjoying – it becomes very worthwhile expense to take on. Your furnace will now operate much more efficiently, contributing to a better heated (or cooled) home. Keep in mind energy efficiency factors in as much as 25% savings on your utility bills. A typical furnace tune up costs a fraction of the savings that consumers end up with by the end of the year.
Replace Air Filters Regularly
Regardless of how much free time homeowners have to spend on upkeep of their home, it is essential to take certain steps for optimal energy efficiency and cost savings. Replacing air filters is a simple task that only takes a few minutes to complete. If you replace your air filter once a month, you can and will save a lot of potential costs in both energy savings and inevitable furnace repairs.
Steady Thermostat Settings
Steadying your thermostat settings works well for all seasons. Whether you are addressing the inside temperature of your home in the dead winder or working to keep the cool in during hot summer days, it is essential to maintain your thermostat at a steady level. Do your best to stay away from constantly adjusting the temperatures up and down. Try to set the thermostat at a comfortable yet not extreme level. You will be surprised on the savings you encounter within a year or more. Keep in mind, the size of your house will factor into the savings.
Many people fail to recognize just how strong the sun’s power is in terms of inside temperatures. Depending on the direction your house faces, keeping windows and blinds closed during the day will reduce a fair amount of sun exposure resulting in steadier temperatures and savings on your utility bills.