Five Ways to Save on Your Heating Bill

Screen shot 2013-03-15 at 12.26.30 PMAccording to the federal government’s Energy Star heating and cooling guide, the typical home produces twice the greenhouse gas emissions than the average car. This is, in large part, due to the use of heating and air conditioning in the home. To save both energy and money, here are five things you can do to help the environment and your wallet at the same time.

1)    Set Your Thermostat. Setting your thermostat to 78F in the summer and 68F in the winter (reasonable temperatures for comfort) can significantly reduce energy usage and energy costs.

2)    Tune up Your System. Have a qualified technician ensure that all components are functioning properly and efficiently. This can save money on energy costs as well as prevent future repairs.

3)    Insulate Your Home.  Proper insulation in all areas will keep the heat and air inside of your home . This will provide quicker and more efficient heating and cooling and will reduce the amount of energy used each month.

4)    Program Your Thermostat. For the times when you are away from your home, be sure to program your thermostat at least 8F lower in the winter and at least 7F higher in the summer.

5)    Upgrade your system. If your home’s heating and cooling system is over ten years old, it may be time to upgrade. Older systems can often suffer from disrepair, making them less efficient and more expensive. When combined with quality installation, a newer system can save you money and last you up to 20 years with proper maintenance.

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