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Energy Saving
  • Be sure your air filter is clean.  Most filters
    should be replaced every month.  Also
    use a quality filter that is pleated.

  • Make sure that all supply registers are
    open and are not blocked even in rooms
    that you may not use.  Closing vents
    doesn't save you any money, but may cost
    you more.

  • If possible, keep all interior doors open at
    all times.  This helps to maintain a more
    even temperature throughout the house.  
    If it's not possible, be sure there is at least
    a 2 inch gap at the bottom of interior doors.

  • During the winter, keep your thermostat
    setting as low as possible yet still
    maintaining your comfort.  Roughly, you
    save about 2% on your heating bill for
    every one degree that you lower your

  • Consider investing in a commercial grade
    non-programmable digital thermostat.  
    Manufacturers say you can save up to
    10% on your energy bill when upgrading
    from a non-digital  thermostat.

  • Consider investing in a commercial grade
    digital programmable thermostat and use
    it.  Manufacturers say that you can save
    up to 20% on your energy bill when used

  • When cooking holiday meals, set the fan
    switch on your thermostat to on.  This will
    help to remove excessive heat from the
    kitchen and spread it throughout the

  • Have your cooling and heating system
    checked and serviced annually by a
    licensed professional.  This increases
    efficiency, safety and the life of your unit.
  • During the summer, adjust the temperature
    1°-2° per week to a higher setting, allowing
    your body to adjust to the new temperature.
    Raising the temperature just a couple of
    degrees can cut your cooling costs by as
    much as 5%. Start by setting your air
    conditioner thermostat to 78°F or higher –
    health permitting - when you’re at home.

  • Don’t set your thermostat at a colder setting
    than normal when you turn on your air
    conditioner. It will not cool your home any
    faster and could result in excessive cooling
    and, therefore, unnecessary expense.

  • Use drapes, shutters, awnings, shade trees,
    glass with reflective film, or solar screens to
    keep sunlight out in the summer.

  • Plant deciduous shade trees on the west
    side of your home. Be sure to shade your
    air conditioning unit with trees or shrubs, but
    do not block the airflow. A unit operating in
    the shade uses as much as 10% less
    electricity than the same one operating in
    the sun.

  • During the hot months, keep window
    coverings closed on the south, east, and
    west windows.

  • Keep in mind that insulation and sealing air
    leaks will help your home’s energy
    performance in the summertime by keeping
    the cool air inside. Seal leaks around doors,
    windows, and other openings, such as
    pipes or ducts, with caulking or weather-
    stripping. Plug gaps around pipes, fans, and
    vents that go through exterior walls,
    ceilings, and floors from heated to unheated

  • Keep cooling supply and return registers
    clean and unobstructed by furniture or