Don’t let the warm weather of the coming months turn into “summertime blues” when the monthly electric bill arrives. Here are some tips to help keep your electric bill in check…
Adjust the thermostat
Lowering a thermostat in the winter can save as much as $85 a year. During warmer months, raising the thermostat a few degrees can save money, too. Set the temperature between 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit and you could save up to 8 percent on monthly cooling bills. Programmable thermostats make it easy to save by offering pre-programmed settings to regulate a home’s temperature throughout the year.
Be a “fan-atic”
While they don’t replace an air conditioner or a heat pump, fans move the air so everyone feels more comfortable. On milder days, fans can save as much as 60 percent in electric bills. Fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you are leaving.
Regular maintenance essential
We recommend that customers have their HVAC systems serviced annually by a certified HVAC technician. HVAC professionals will check the entire system to make sure it is running efficiently. This will help extend the life of the system and save money.
ENERGY STAR equipment
When it’s time to replace that cooling system, we recommend replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified model. This could reduce energy costs by as much as 30 percent. HVAC Rebates from JOEMC are also available for qualifying ENERGY STAR models. Contact us to find out more.