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Greener Heating And Cooling At Home

February 21, 2016

According to Energy.gov, heating and cooling accounts for about 48% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. 
 
We have 2 easy ways to reduce these costs, while helping to decrease your home’s energy consumption:
 
1. Perform annual maintenance on both your home’s heating and cooling equipment. This is the number one way to keep your equipment running efficiently. In fact, each year that your system goes without maintenance it loses 5% of its efficiency. Annual maintenance also ensures that you have safer, more comfortable temperatures – without interruptions – year round. Get ready for the summer temperatures before the heat sets it. Book your annual home air conditioning tune up now!
 
 
2. Install – and correctly use – a programmable thermostat. Correctly using your a programmable thermostat to control your home’s temperature throughout the day can turn into a savings of $180/year, all while lessening your HVAC system’s impact on the environment.


You can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.
Energy.gov recommends the following settings for optimal use:
 
“You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill — a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long. The percentage of savings from setback is greater for buildings in milder climates than for those in more severe climates.
 
In the summer, you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away, and setting the thermostat to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. Although thermostats can be adjusted manually, programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before you wake or return home.”
 

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