You can save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply installing a programmable thermostat. They can be set up to suit your lifestyle by adjusting the temperature set-tings for your heating and cooling equipment according to a pre-set schedule. As a result, the equipment doesn’t operate as much when you are asleep or when you don’t require it. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.
Replace halogen bulbs or incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or LED’s. On average, CFLs use 75% less energy, last up to 10 times longer, and produce the same amount of light as traditional light bulbs.
Use dimming switches or 3-way lamps to reduce your energy
Consumption. Install motion activated lights that go on only when someone is in the room. Use timers for exterior lighting to limit the amount of time they are on. There are many instant re-bates provided to homeowners through the local utility.
HVAC and Water Heating
- Replacing your old central air conditioner with a new EN-ERGY STAR qualified model can reduce your cooling costs by 25% or more.
- Replace your old heating system with an ENERGY STAR qualified boiler or furnace. Replacing your heating system with an ENERGY STAR qualified model can cut your annual heating costs by 40% or more.
- Inspect your HVAC filters each month and clean or replace as needed. Dirty filters can block air flow and increase your energy bill while shortening the equipment’s life and diminishing air quality.
- How old is your water heater? Consider replacing it with a new energy efficient model. The efficient lifespan of most water heaters is only 8 years
- Be sure to set your water heater temperature to 120°F. You can use a cooking thermometer and measure the water temperature at the faucet located furthest from the heater.