Summer will be winding down soon, and as we all know, that means cooler weather will thankfully arrive. This fall along the Coastal Bend, you can cut your bills considerably by following these energy-saving tips. The bonus is that many of these tips will provide energy savings during warm weather, too.
- Seal your doors and windows – Air leaks in your home are common in these two areas. Sealing them with caulk or weatherstripping will take some of the burden off your HVAC equipment, improving its efficiency and saving energy.
- Use shades or curtains – The shades or curtains on your south-and west-facing windows should be opened during the day to allow for natural heating via sunlight. At night, shut them again to help block any chill from outside.
- Install a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat – With these thermostats, you can program when your HVAC equipment switches on and off. The Wi-Fi models also allow you to access the unit remotely through any Internet or WiFi connection.
- Tune up your heating equipment – This should be done on an annual basis. Hiring a professional HVAC technician to perform an annual tune-up will ensure maximum efficiency.
- Replace traditional light bulbs – Newer bulbs such as CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) or LEDs (light-emitting diodes) use a much smaller amount of energy than traditional bulbs.
- Ensure proper insulation – If you don’t have the proper type and amount of insulation in your attic, basement and exterior walls, heat will escape (or infiltrate in the summer), forcing your equipment to work harder.
- Replace furnace filters – To maintain your furnace’s efficiency, replace its air filter on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to check the filter every month, changing it when it looks dirty.
- Switch to low-flow – If you haven’t done so already, switch your faucets and shower-heads to low-flow models to drastically cut down your use of water. To save even more, get low-flow toilets.
For more expert energy-saving tips, or if you have other home comfort questions, please contact the professionals at Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. We’ve been serving the needs of Corpus Christi, Portland, Kingsville, Ingleside, Rockport, Mathis, Gregory, Port Arkansas and the surroundings areas since 1961.
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