Heating and Cooling
Heating and cooling make up the largest portion of your energy bill and offer the most in potential savings. Try these tips to help lower your heating and cooling costs.
- Set your thermostat at 78 degrees. Experts say this is the optimal temperature for keeping cool while saving energy. Each degree higher will save you even more.
- Install a programmable thermostat. With it you can automatically adjust your HVAC to energy saving temperatures. According to ENERGY STAR, the device could help you save up to $180 per year.
- Replace your HVAC. You can save a bundle by swapping out your HVAC for a more efficient unit.
- Change your air filter. You should regularly replace your air filter (every one to three months). According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing a dirty filter could cut cooling costs by as much as 15 percent.
- Plant trees. Strategically placed trees can reduce an unshaded homes energy costs by up to 50 percent!
- Use your ceiling fan. Turn up the air conditioner and turn on your ceiling fan. Using a fan can cool you by up to four degrees.
- Cook outside. Fire up the grill and avoid using the oven. Your oven will only heat your home and increase your electricity bill.
- Seal air leaks. Check the interior and exterior of your home for cracks and crevices that might allow cold air to leak from your house. Seal these problem areas with caulk.
- Keep windows covered. The hot Texas sun will only make your home hotter if it’s allowed through your windows. Keep drapes, blinds and shades closed tight to save energy.
Set your thermostat at 68 degrees. Experts say this is the optimal temperature for keeping warm while saving energy. Turn it down even lower for more savings.
Reverse your ceiling fan. In the winter time, reverse your ceiling fan so it spins in the opposite direction. The simple change will help push warm air down from the ceiling so you stay toasty.
Dress for the weather. Wear sweaters, pants and socks, even when you’re inside. The warmer layers will keep you from adjusting the thermostat.
Open your blinds. In the winter time, the sun can help warm your home naturally. Open your drapes and blinds to allow the warmth in.
Replace your windows. ENERGY STAR certified windows can cut heat loss by as much as 30 percent.