Energy efficiency of your system
One of the easiest ways to save money on your energy
bills is to buy a high efficiency heating and cooling system. Keep in
·Even the lowest efficiency systems currently
allowed by the U.S. Government will almost always cost less to operate
than a system that was installed ten years ago.
·Most manufacturers offer higher efficiency models which will add to your savings on monthly utility bills.
·Typically, higher efficiency systems will cost more
initially, so it's important to look for the right balance between
first cost and long-term savings
Managing system operation
No matter how efficient your system is, the way you
manage system operation can affect your heating and cooling costs.
Naturally, you want to feel comfortable when you're home. But do you
really need all that comfort when you're not home?
you need all of that comfort while everybody's in bed, sleeping? By
remembering to "set back" the temperature on your system's thermostat
during times when you don't really need as much comfort, you can save
significantly on your monthly utility bill. This type of temperature
control can be done automatically with a programmable thermostat. Zoning
systems can provide even greater efficiency and comfort by dividing the
home into comfort "zones" and providing differing temperatures for each
Age and condition of your home
a variety of reasons, newer homes are more energy efficient than older
ones. They are built to keep conditioned air inside so you are not
paying to heat and cool air that easily finds its way out of your home.
As a home gets older, settling will cause some of that air-tight
construction to loosen up. Regardless of your home's age, you can do
some simple maintenance to make sure that will help keep the conditioned
air inside, where it belongs.
·Be sure your home is adequately insulated. Adding
insulation to attic areas is usually pretty easy. Other areas, such as
outside walls, provide a more challenging project if extra insulation is
·Check the seals around windows, doors, electrical
outlets or any other potential sources for escaping air. Seal these
areas using a good quality caulk, and be sure to re-examine your
handiwork every few years.
·Inside your home, weather stripping around moving
parts of windows and doors can help seal off potential areas of leakage
·Storm doors and windows can provide additional
energy savings by preventing air loss and by creating an insulating
layer of air.