How to Save BIG On Your Energy Bills Each Month
As homeowners, we're always looking for ways to save money on our monthly bills, especially with the rising costs of living and inflation! One area where we can make a dramatic impact on your monthly spending is with HVAC associated costs.
Heating and cooling our homes can account for a significant portion of our energy bills, but with a few simple changes, you can reduce those costs and save a pretty penny. In this blog post, we'll cover 5 ways to reduce your HVAC costs, from easy DIY tasks to professional upgrades. By implementing these tips, you can keep your home comfortable, and your wallet happy.
Let’s get started!
Change your air filter regularly: Did you know that a dirty air filter can make your HVAC unit work up to 15% harder than it needs to? This not only drives up your energy costs, but it also puts unnecessary wear and tear on your system. Be sure to replace your filter every 1-3 months, or more often if you have pets or allergies.
Keep your outdoor unit clear: If your HVAC unit has an outdoor component, like a compressor or condenser, make sure to keep it clear of debris like leaves, grass, and dirt. A clogged outdoor unit can restrict airflow and cause your system to work harder than it should, leading to higher energy bills and potentially costly repairs.
Install a programmable thermostat: A programmable thermostat lets you set different temperatures for different times of day, so you can avoid heating or cooling an empty house. You can program your thermostat to turn down the heat or raise the AC when you're away, and have it start warming or cooling your home before you return.
Schedule a maintenance check: Getting your HVAC unit serviced once a year by a professional can help keep it running smoothly and catch any potential issues before they become major problems. This can prolong the life of your system, increase its efficiency, and save you money in the long run.
Consider upgrading to a more efficient unit: If your HVAC unit is older and not running as efficiently as it used to, upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model could save you money in the long run. Newer models use less energy to achieve the same level of heating or cooling, which can lead to lower energy bills and potentially qualify you for energy rebates or tax credits.
Implementing these five tips will have you well on your way to reducing your energy costs and keeping your home comfortable year-round. And hey, if you need some extra help with any of the above projects, your Climate Care team is always eager to help. In the meantime, happy saving!