HEATING & COOLING COSTS

Icy ThermometerEveryone worries about their heating & cooling costs these days.  Almost half a home’s energy consumption is due to heating and cooling.

  • Turn down the thermostat in cold weather & keep it higher in warm weather.  Each degree below 68°F (20°C) during colder weather saves 3%-5% more heating energy, while keeping your thermostat at 78°F in warmer weather will save you energy and money. A programmable thermostat will make these temperature changes for you automatically.
  • Clean your furnace’s air filter monthly during heavy usage
  • Consider a new furnace. Today’s furnaces are about 25% more efficient than they were in the 1980s. (check out furnaces carrying the Energy Star label.)
  • To keep your cool in warmer weather, shade your east and west windows and delay heat-generating activities such as dishwashing until evening
  • Use ceiling fans instead of air conditioners. Light clothing in summer is typically comfortable between 72°F and 78°F. Moving air feels cooler, so a slow-moving fan easily can extend the comfort range to 82°F, according to “Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings” by Alex Wilson