For most, heating and cooling bills make up nearly half of their total utility expenses in a given month. In a typical US home – it’s the largest energy expense, period.
With people trying to save money on their utility bills and efficiency becoming more the norm in public policy – there are a wide range of ways for someone to benefit from being a bit more efficient about how they use their utilities.
Today, we’re going to share some tips with you that can help cut back on your heating and cooling expenses – things that you can do that won’t require you to purchase/upgrade or call someone for an additional service. These are simple, habitual things you can do that will have a significant impact on your bottom line.
Let’s jump right in!
Clean in and around outdoor units
Your outdoor unit works most efficiently when it doesn’t have to compete with debris around it. That means making sure that you take care of any dirt, grime and/or leaves that may be accumulating in the immediate vicinity.
Turning up your thermostat – a bit
A couple of degrees in either direction (down in the winter, up in the summer) can make a big difference in the overall cost of your utility bills. Especially with a programmable thermostat you can automatically adjust the temperature for different times of the day so that you’re not unnecessarily heating or cooling your home.
Keeping lamps and any heat-producing appliances away from thermostats
Having appliances and lights near thermostats can prove to be a costly decision. What happens is that they heat the immediate area around a thermostat – tricking it into thinking it’s hotter than it really is. As a result, your system will work longer and harder to cool itself. And the longer it’s on, the more energy it’s using. The more energy it uses – the more money is coming out of your bank account at the end of the month.
Keeping curtains and blinds closed
By keeping your blinds closed, you essentially block air from getting in and out. In the summer time, you’ll keep cold air in and avoid sunlight heating up your living space. In the winter, it helps retain heat and keeps the draftiness of a particular space to a minimum. While there’s certainly benefits to keeping your shades open – when strictly talking from an HVAC/efficiency stand point – it’s best to keep them closed.
Stick with these tips and you’ll see the difference in your utility bill quickly! Good luck this winter and remember to be mindful about the little things! They can make a huge difference!