The weather in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area can go from blistering hot to freezing cold. You rely on your HVAC system for much of the year. All that energy to heat and cool your home can add up to high electric bills. With a few changes, you can lower your energy bill and save money.
Simple Changes Go a Long Way
- Turn off all electrical devices at night and unplug the ones you can. Think cable boxes, DVD players, even your TV. The savings are small but will add up over time.
- Set your water heater to 120 degrees. Just a 20-degree drop can save you up to $60 a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Change your filters monthly or consider a reusable filter that you only rinse to clean. Dirt and dust cause your heating and air conditioning systems to run less efficiently, costing you money.
- Seal windows, door frames, and cracks in the wall to prevent air from getting in or out.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Controlling the exact temperature and time of day that your system turns on could save up to $180 per year.
Bigger Investments for Bigger Savings
- Upgrade your appliances, including your air conditioning system – to newer, more energy-efficient models.
- Purchase Energy Star products. These systems are designed to maximize comfort and savings. You can even earn tax credits by upgrading to many of the more efficient systems or products. Whether something as small as lightbulbs or as major home appliances and electronics, you will readily see a difference in energy consumption.
- Consider a geothermal heat pump. This system uses the natural heat found in the earth, which stays around 50 or 60 degrees, to heat and cool your home. It is energy-efficient, modern technology that will lower your energy bill.
- Have your HVAC system professionally maintained and serviced with each season change. Your technician will catch small problems before they become big ones and help your systems to operate more efficiently.
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