Tired of escalating utility bills? Want to increase energy efficiency in 2018? The following energy-saving tips can help you save more in the coming year.
Seal Air Leaks
Are you overlooking cracks and gaps around windows, doors, plumbing and wiring? By sealing these openings, you can save up to 10 percent on your home energy bill. Caulking and weather stripping is easy to install and can fill cracks around windows and doors.
Consider Replacing Single-Paned Windows
Many older homes in the greater Phoenix area still have single-paned windows. Not only do these windows make it more difficult to heat or air condition a home, they can increase heating and cooling costs by 10 to 25 percent. This investment in your home can provide both short-term and long-term savings, as well as increase its overall value.
Lower Your Thermostat During the Fall and Winter Months
When it starts to get chilly, it’s natural to want to turn up the heat. Yet, lowering your thermostat just five to seven degrees can save you up to 10 percent on your home energy bill. Too chilly during the day? Turn down the thermostat only at night when you’re snuggled under blankets and still save a substantial amount.
Stop the Draft Under Exterior Doors
Drafts enter your home under doors and make it more difficult to heat your home during the cool weather months. A simple step to lower energy bills is to use draft blockers on all exterior doors.
Replace an Aging HVAC System
An outdated furnace or air conditioning unit is inefficient compared to today’s models. Like with refrigerators, washers and dishwashers, Energy Star also certifies HVAC system equipment. Today’s Energy Star models are up to 15 percent more efficient than older models.
Replace HVAC System Air Filters
Your home’s interior air filters should be changed or cleaned on a monthly basis to ensure your HVAC system is working efficiently and to help sustain your indoor air quality. This inexpensive task can help you save a measurable amount on your bill by enabling your system to work effectively with less energy.
Schedule a Seasonal HVAC Tune-Up
Your HVAC system requires regular maintenance to keep it working properly. A Bruce’s HVAC technician can determine if your system is working efficiently, and if not, how to improve it. Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating to schedule a tune-up today at 480-968-5652.