For the modern customer, HVAC energy efficiency is a top concern and popular point of conversation. In honor of Earth Month, I've outlined the top five energy-saving tips that you can reference when your customers ask about improving their home energy efficiency.
- Replace filters often - Hands down the best thing you can do to improve your energy efficiency is to replace your air filters often. The more debris that's in the filter, the less air can circulate through the HVAC system, making it work harder. The harder your HVAC unit works, the more energy it uses.
- Set a schedule - Constantly adjusting your thermostat uses a lot of energy. Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature that reflects your schedule so that your unit isn't cooling an empty house or working overtime when you're away.
- Air sealing - A quick, inexpensive air-sealing fix can mean big savings on utilities. Blocking outside air from coming in not only helps keep allergies and other irritants out of your home, but it also prevents your HVAC unit from having to constantly heat or cool outside air.
- Out with the old, in with the new - New light bulbs don't use as much energy and last a lot longer, but they also don't tend to run as hot - ultimately saving you from having to turn down your thermostat a few degrees or having to turn on a fan.
- Turn down the temp - According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lowering the temperature on your water heater by just 10 degrees can yield a $12 to $30 reduction in energy costs annually. Also, taking a cooler shower or bath means lower energy use, from your HVAC unit to cool your home afterward.
For more quick and easy energy-saving tips, visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Saver website where you'll find energy-saving DIY projects, buying tips, and more.
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