Energy prices are rising, and American homes are responding by cutting back. However, it’s not necessary to give up the comfort to which you’ve grown accustomed. With some smart energy efficiency changes, you can watch your electric bill drop down without sacrificing more than you need.
Where to Save the Most Money on Energy Bills
When you get your energy bill every month, it’s not abundantly clear where you consume all the electricity. By knowing where you’re using the most, you can cut back in the biggest areas first and save the most money. Your heating and air conditioning expenses make up almost half of your energy bill. It’s even more in summer months. Use these tips to cut your bill down to size:
- Schedule Maintenance instead of Responding to Repairs – Like the car you drive, your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system needs regular maintenance. By scheduling routine maintenance in spring and fall, you keep your system running in top condition for summer and winter. A system running at peak performance will lower your electricity bill. You’ll cut out the cost of emergency repair too.
- Use a Programmable Thermostat – You probably don’t want to monitor the box where you adjust your household temperature every day. By installing a programmable thermostat, it will automatically adjust the temperature when you’re sleeping or working. You save money because your AC is off or using less electricity each day.
- Upgrade an Old Air Conditioner – If you’re using a system older than 10 years, then all of your efforts will only make a small dent in your energy bill. Upgrade to a modern system with the highest energy efficiency rating, also called SEER. You can cut your cooling costs in half, and the lower energy bills will offset the initial cost of the new system.
- Replace Old Furnaces – In Florida, furnaces are typically used less often than air conditioners. However, an old furnace can cause the same high energy bills as an old AC. If your heating costs eat up your budget, then consider an upgrade.
The next most energy-consuming device in your home is your water heater, accounting for 14 percent of average American energy costs. First, turn down the temperature setting if your water comes out very hot. By heating it less, you won’t spend as much on electricity. Also, try to cut back on the hot water you use. By using a cold-water detergent in your washing machine, you’ll see another drop in your electric bill. Likewise, check your dishwasher for an energy saver feature. It can also cut back on this cost.
Cox Air Conditioning and Heating in Palm Harbor FL
Cox has been installing and servicing HVAC systems in Clearwater and Palm Harbor, FL, and surrounding regions for over 50 years. Call us today to discover more about upgrading to energy saving air conditioners.