The long-term trend of gas and electric prices is clear: UP. Fortunately, there are some things you can do around your house to protect your pocketbook from rising energy prices. Take control over your utility bills with the following strategies.
- Get an HVAC inspection. Have a certified technician from your local heating & cooling provider come out and inspect your system to ensure that it’s running as efficiently as possible.
- Insulate, insulate, insulate. Make sure your home is adequately sealed to keep the weather out. Check all potential trouble spots – including all doors, windows, basements, attics, and crawlspaces – to investigate where any air might be getting in or out.
- Pull the shade (or close the blinds). Lowering your window shade or closing your blinds/curtains is a simple way to keep your home from becoming a greenhouse on hot, sunny days. This is especially important with southerly and westerly facing windows.
- Do certain chores at night. When the weather is hot, using heat-generating devices such as an iron, dryer or another electrical device can make your air conditioner work overtime. Schedule heat-producing chores for the cooler part of hot summer days.
- Clean your air filters. Get rid of the dust and dirt from your central air or window unit filters to keep your HVAC system operating at peak efficiency.
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Making Cents of Energy is written and published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling