• Tips for Reducing Your Heating and Cooling Bills

  • Heating Bills

    • Lower your thermostat at night. During the heating season, lower your thermostat eight degrees while the home is unoccupied or while you are sleeping. This can save you up to 10% on your bills over the course of a heating season. A programmable thermostat does this automatically.
    • Lower your thermostat overall. Heating costs are closely related to your indoor temperature. Setting your thermostat to 68 degrees during the heating season will reduce your energy costs.
    • Limit exhaust fan use: Put bath fans on timers to turn them off automatically in order to reduce heated air from being exhausted outside. Only use your kitchen hood fan while cooking.
    • Change your furnace filter. Check your furnace filters monthly and replace or clean them when necessary. Dirty, clogged filters lower your system's efficiency by preventing proper airflow.
    • Furnace tune-up. Have an annual tune-up and safety inspection performed on your furnace. These precision tune-ups will lower your energy usage and improve system efficiency.
    • Check air circulation. Make sure household items are not blocking or hindering airflow. Registers located behind drapes or furniture pushed tight against registers are a few examples.
    • Replace older heating equipment. If your furnace is more than 15-20 years old, consider installing a new energy-efficient furnace that can reduce your energy costs substantially.
    • Check your windows. Check your interior windows to ensure they are fully closed and locked. If you have storm windows, make sure they are fully closed when the cold weather arrives.
  • Cooling Bills

    • Operate appliances at night. Consider operating heat-generating appliances such as your dryer or dishwasher at night when the air is cooler outside.
    • Change your furnace filter. Check your furnace filters monthly and replace or clean them when necessary. Dirty, clogged filters lower your systems efficiency by preventing proper airflow.
    • Air conditioner tune-up. Have an annual tune-up and safety inspection performed on your air conditioner. These precision tune-ups will lower your energy usage and improve system efficiency.
    • Ceiling fans. Consider installing ceiling fans that use less electricity than an air conditioner and allow you to feel cooler at a warmer temperature.
    • Replace an older air conditioner. If your air conditioner is more than 12-17 years old, consider installing a new energy-efficient air conditioner that can reduce your energy costs substantially.
    • Increase your thermostat setting. Cooling costs are closely related to your indoor temperature. Setting your thermostat to 78 degrees during the cooling season will reduce your energy costs.
    • Closing blinds or drapes. If you have east or west facing windows, consider closing your blinds or drapes to help limit the heat generated by the sunshine.
    • Limit exhaust fan use. Put bath fans on timers to turn them off automatically in order to reduce heated air being exhausted outside. Only use your kitchen hood fan while cooking.