How can I keep my household energy costs down?

Reducing energy usage around your home has several important benefits. Not only will it reduce your utility costs– including electricity and natual gas– but it’s also better for the environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions on small, localized scale. Some of the steps that you can take to make your home more energy efficient include:

 

  • Upgrade to more efficient HVAC systems. The most efficient furnaces and air conditioners– quantified by measurements like AFUE percentage and Energy Star ratings– may have a slightly higher up-front cost, but they’ll last longer, and save you money on your monthly bills. If you have an older AC or furnace– more than ten years old– you should consider replacing it with newer, more energy efficient model.
  • Keep an eye on your thermostat settings. Adjusting your temperature settings by as little as 5-8 degrees can significantly reduce your energy bills.
  • Use ceiling fans to supplement your central air conditioning system. You can diminish the need for a higher, more costly AC temperature setting if you combine central cooling with ceiling fans.
  • Get your routine annual maintenance. Furnaces, boilers, and air conditioners need some general maintenance about once a year. For your annual AC and heating tune-ups, call your local HVAC company.
  • Get a programmable thermostats. A programmable thermostat lets you automate temperature settings for the times of day when you’re not at home, saving money on heating and cooling at times when you don’t really need it.