The best way to save on your utility bills is to strive for energy savings in every aspect of your home. Use this guide for help achieving whole-house energy efficiency.
Space Heating and Cooling
- Set the thermostat to 78 degrees for cooling and 68 degrees for heating, and program setbacks while you’re away or sleeping.
- Check the filter once a month and replace it as needed.
- Open the drapes in the winter to let the sun naturally warm and light your home. Close them at night to insulate the windows.
- Block direct sunlight in the summer with window coverings and strategic landscaping.
- Only run exhaust fans when needed.
- Run the ceiling fan in the summer to create cooling airflow at far greater energy efficiency than running the air conditioner by itself.
- Replace standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
- Consider motion detectors or timers on certain lights.
- Decorate with LED lights for Christmas.
- Wash clothes in cold water.
- Only run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads.
- Fix leaks as soon as you find them.
- Install low-flow fixtures.
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn the water heater temperature down to 120 degrees.
- Insulate the water heater (if it didn’t come pre-insulated) and the first six feet of piping.
- Set the water heater to vacation mode when you go on a trip.
Appliances and Electronics
- Look for the Energy Star label when shopping for replacements.
- Use the microwave or toaster oven to reheat food.
- Keep the fridge and freezer full.
- Avoid over-drying your clothes.
- Plug electronics into a power strip so you can turn everything off with the flick of a switch.
- Unplug power adapters and other electronics when not in use to prevent “energy vampires.”
- Set your computer to go to sleep after a certain period of inactivity.
Windows and Insulation
- Replace single-pane windows.
- Add insulation to the attic.
- Look into adding insulation to walls.
- Seal air leaks around windows and doors.
- Close the chimney damper.
For more energy efficiency tips, please contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We serve Martin, Palm Beach and Indian River counties.