Money Saving Tips

Money_Saving

There are many ways to save money on heating and cooling. Here are some recommendations to help protect your pocketbook.

  • Maintain equipment. Regular check-ups and cleaning of equipment, as well as replacement of air filters are important to save money, protect your systems, and ensure air quality.
  • Seal air leaks and add insulation. Gaps and cracks can develop, particularly in the attic and basement. Also, don’t forget to check caulking and weather-stripping.
  • Check the thermostat. Get a programmable thermostat and turn down the heat in winter and cooling in summer, especially when nobody is at home or work.
  • Ask for Energy Star products and comparison shop. Energy efficiency saves you money.
  • Clean and change air filters regularly, as well as air vents, baseboard heaters, and radiators.
  • Provide shade for your air conditioning unit to maximize its workload, and prune foliage around it.
  • Provide regular maintenance for your air conditioner, heat pump, furnace or boiler. Check to see if your utility company provides this service.
  • Install ceiling fans to help air circulation and efficiency.
  • Open foundation vents each spring, and close them again in the winter (if you have a crawl space).
  • Obtain an energy audit.
  • Install drapes, shades, blinds or another window covering. Keeping them closed on hot days.
  • Plant a tree. Landscaping is a natural way to shade your home. Well-placed trees and shrubs not only deliver shade, but also add value to your property.
  • If you’re buying a new air conditioner, check to see that it is the right size, and that it is installed properly.
  • Ask your utility company about a budget billing plan to protect against sudden or unexpected price increases.
  • Shop around for the best prices on oil and gas.
  • Be wary of special offers on energy saving products and services. Research them carefully before purchasing to avoid scams.