Simple Energy Saving Tips for Homeowners

If you’re like every other homeowner in Long Island, you’re looking for ways to save on your energy bills.   With the cost of fuel skyrocketing, most people are willing to take measures to cut costs any way they can.   There are many simple ways to do this.   We’ll go over a few of them here.

According to  www.energysavers.com, the typical American family spends about $2,000 yearly on home utility bills.   Unfortunately, up to 25% of the money spent on energy is wasted due to inefficient operation and maintenance of HVAC equipment, and/or equipment that is improperly installed or in need of replacement.

Homeowners can cut their energy costs by up to 25% by using these simple tips:

1.  Install a programmable thermostat to  keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.

2.   Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR ® label.

3.   Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.

4.   Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.

5.   Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips.   Turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).

6.   Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 °F.

7.   Take short showers instead of baths.

8.   Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.

Of course, keeping your HVAC equipment operating efficiently is critical to saving money on your energy bills, so knowing when to repair or replace your system will make a big difference in how much money you spend on utility bills.   Today’s energy-efficient models, when properly maintained and operated, can save the average homeowner 30% on their energy costs!

This is one reason why we feel strongly that all homeowners should have preventative maintenance done on their HVAC systems at least twice each year.   The cost of planned maintenance is usually offset by energy savings, because these “tune-ups” help prevent your system from wasting fuel and keep your equipment running smoothly and efficiently.

Contact us for more energy saving tips.   Our HVAC professionals will help you cut your costs while maintaining your home comfort.

T.F. O’Brien services the Long Island, New York area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about preventive maintenance and other HVAC topics, please download our free  Home Comfort Resource guide.

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