Energy Saving Tips

According to the EPA, if consumers manage their heating and cooling schedules accordingly, a programmable thermostat can save about $180 a year on home energy bills.

The following tips will help you stay cool while keeping more cash in your pocket. 
  • Raise home's usual temperature by 7 degrees when away.
  • Raise home's usual temperature by 4 degrees when asleep.
  • Resist the urge to over-ride temperature settings.  Set your programmable thermostat, and then leave it alone.
  • Avoid lowering the thermostat to extreme temperatures.  It won't cool your home any faster, it just makes your system work harder. 
  • Use the "vacation" and "hold" features when you are away for extended periods of time.
  • If your thermostat uses batteries, be sure to change them every year. 
  • Schedule an annual maintenance checkup with a licensed HVAC contractor to ensure your system is cooling effectively and safely. 
  • Be sure to clean or change your filter as directed. 
  • Use ceiling fans in a counter clockwise direction to create a wind-chill effect.
  • Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms so be sure to turn the fan off when you leave.

For more home energy saving tips:  www.energystar.gov/pts

Businesses can save too!  For tips, visit www.energystar.gov/bizcooling



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