These hints, brought to you by R & C Services, can help homeowners save money and energy all year long. Following these tips will help you maintain maximum comfort and prevent your equipment from overworking itself no matter what month or season it is.
Please contact R & C Services if you would like more information on reducing the operating costs of your home appliances and HVAC system.
General Tips for All Seasons
- Consider a programmable thermostat to save you money and maintain a consistent climate in your home.
- Keep your HVAC system well-maintained.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room for more than a minute or leave the house entirely. Use compact fluorescent lights for longer lasting bulbs.
- Close all doors and windows to keep your system operating economically.
- Use the sunlight to your advantage. In the winter, keep curtains and shades open. In the summer, reduce the amount of direct sunlight by keeping shades closed.
- Use ENERGY STAR® equipment to guarantee operational efficiency.
- Use the dishwasher when it is fully loaded only.
- Clean the lint out of the dryer after every load so the machine does not have to waste energy.
- Use cold water instead of hot when doing loads of laundry; the change in temperature will positively impact the amount of energy used.
- Keep your refrigerator, freezer and oven doors shut so as not to let cool or hot air escape.
- Opt for a shower over a bath if you want to save gallons and gallons of hot water.
- Install fans throughout your house to cut your energy bill dramatically.
- Keep your heating and a/c filters clean. Ask us at R & C Services what the proper filter is for your home!
- Fix any leaks. A drop of water every second can result in 165 gallons per month!
- Install showerhead and faucet features that conserve water.
- Do not block vents inside the house with rugs or furniture.
- Set the thermostat as close to the outside temperature as comfortably possible. 78 degrees for the summer and 68 degrees for the winter are ideal.
- Have your equipment inspected by R & C Services before the first heat wave comes.
- AC units can only cool down an area so quickly. Make sure you do not wait until your home is unbearably hot before turning it on.
- Install an attic fan - it can cool your attic by nearly 30°!
- In order not to increase the demand on your AC unit, use the microwave or outside grill as often as possible during the day and avoid running the dishwasher, washing machine and other appliances during the day.
- Install fans and run them to keep you comfortable in the summer months. During the summer, your blades should face forward to blow air downward.
- Keep your blinds and curtains closed to keep excess heat out.
- White blinds and window treatments will reflect the sunlight away from your house.
- Plant trees and shrubbery around your outside unit to keep it shaded. Your system will use 10% less electricity than a unit in the direct sunlight.
- Keep debris away from outdoor unit and keep the AC coils clean.
- Planting trees around your house and windows will limit the direct sunlight and improve operational costs.
- Do not put lamps and electronic devices that produce heat too close to a thermostat, because it may cause the thermostat to think the house is warmer than it actually is.
- Have your air conditioning system checked by a professional to make sure it is running efficiently.
- Do not overly adjust your thermostat. Raising it a couple of degrees while you are away will help you reduce energy consumption by around 4%.
- Set your thermostat to "fan on" status when cooling your house to keep air circulating.
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you'll save one percent of your total heating bill for each degree your thermostat is set back in the winter.
- Don't wait to turn your heating system on. Make sure it works and the filters are changed before the temperature drops. Contact R & C Services if it is not working properly.
- Turn back the temperature on your thermostat when you leave home.
- Open blinds on sunny days to bring in additional heat, especially the blinds on the south side of the house.
- Check your entryways for drafts, look for cracks in and around your windows where you may be losing heat, and correct them.
- Shut the doors of rooms and closets that are not in use.
- Set your fans in reverse so that the warm air is circulated around the room.
- Ask professionals to inspect the condition of the insulation. It should have at least 6 inches of good insulation and enough air pockets to contain cold air.
- A humidifier can help add needed moisture to your home during the wintertime as well as improve health issues.
- Close your fireplace's damper and kitchen vent when they are not being used. An open damper or vent can waste a lot of warm air.
- Have your fireplace chimney cleaned and inspected regularly.
- Install glass doors on the fireplace for additional insulation.
- Have your furnace looked at by R & C Services to make sure it is operating optimally.
- Space heaters are dangerous and expensive to leave running. Avoid using space heaters if possible.