- Make sure your home has had an energy audit & has been weatherized. Homes over 15 years old may need improvements to meet today’s standards. Even though a home may have been energy efficient when it was built, new codes may recommend new standards and the original weatherstripping, ductwork, and insulation may need upgrading because it has settled or deteriorated over time.
- Replace your Cooling & Heating system if it’s over 12–15 years old or has a SEER of less that 10. A new higher efficiency cooling and heating system (16+ SEER), will reduce bills similar to a buying a new car that gets 20 miles to the gallon to replace one that only gets 12 miles to the gallon.
- Keep your thermostat no lower than 77–78 degrees in the summer. The lower the setting, the more the air conditioner runs and the higher the electric bill.
- Use fluorescent or LED light bulbs. They are much more efficient and cost less to operate.
- Adjust the thermostat settings when not at home. Use a programmable thermostat to help regulate the temperature when you are home and away.
- Change or clean your filter on a regular basis. A clean filter lets the blower operate more freely and provide better air flow. In addition, the air you breathe is cleaner when the filter is changed more frequently.
We can’t predict when or if the city will raise the electric rates, but you can surely plan for when they do. But we can help you make your home more energy efficient in order to lower your electricity use and energy bill. The less electricity you use, the less you pay! Call A-Plus Energy Management, Air Conditioning & Home Solutions @ 512-450-1980, or email us at hvac99@AplusAC.com.