The best and most cost-efficient method to save money on your home energy bills is to maintain and repair existing home heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. However, there are several low-cost ways to save on energy and protect the environment.
Everyday Ways to Save Money on Your Utility Bill
#1 — Repair, Clean, & Service Heaters and Air Conditioners
The adage, “A penny saved is a penny earned” is just as valid today as it was in your grandparents’ days. Another saying from Poor Richard’s Almanack by Ben Franklin along that same line is, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Now, you’re probably thinking, enough with the clichés, what’s the point.
The point is your furnace or air conditioner, as proficient as the newer models are, need regular maintenance to stay running at peak performance. Likewise, when those heating and cooling systems are running at peak performance, they consume less energy.
It is advisable to have those systems cleaned and serviced before the season when those will get used the most. Get your furnace cleaned and serviced in the summer or fall when there are fewer calls for maintenance and your air conditioner in the winter or spring.
Therefore, you will save money in the long run by spending a little more on maintenance in the short-term. Plus, a well-maintained machine will last much longer. What’s more, an inefficient, outdated HVAC should be replaced to save money on utility bills and reduce its carbon emissions.
One tip you should consider as a DIY task is to check the vents if you have an HVAC system. That storage room might be better with a closed vent, and it will save you a little money, not heating it. However, the places you use regularly will be warmer or colder with the vent open. You would be surprised how many people never check to ensure the HVAC vents are open.
#2 — Replace That Old Heater with a New HVAC System
If that old furnace is on its last leg, consider replacing it with a new HVAC system. A new system in your home can save enough in the first few year’s energy bills to pay…