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Slash Your Energy Bills

Posted on News September 29, 2010 by Terry Jones

Finding ways of cutting costs around the house is important for many individuals interested in saving money. The good news is that you don’t have to embark on some long home improvement project or spend any money at all to see your energy costs drop.

While certain measures such as insulating your attic often have the most profound effect on your energy bills, simply changing or adjusting your habits or environment can go a long way as well. Of course, if insulation is something you’re interested in, we urge you to give us a call for further information about our AttiCat blown-in insulation services. We are thorough in our work, preparing the attic before the job and making sure the attic can breathe afterwards, and we make sure that the job is done right the first time.

There are other ways to slash energy bills that require minor expenses such as purchasing a power strip or surge protector for your entertainment center or computer. Turn off the strip when the devices are not in use to help avoid phantom energy loss. You may also consider weather stripping and caulking around the windows and doors to avoid air leaks. All Year Cooling also offers duct repair services to keep conditioned air from escaping into unoccupied areas of the home. When this happens, you’re essentially spending money to cool your attic or crawl spaces.

As for steps you can take that cost you no money at all, try taking shorter showers so your hot water heater does not work as long and try unplugging chargers and other devices when they are not in use to avoid phantom energy loss. What’s more, the dishwasher and your washer and dryer give off heat, causing your air conditioner to work harder. Try running these appliances in the evening and morning when outdoor temperatures are lower.

Use a ceiling fan to help you feel cooler, but make sure to turn it off when you leave the room. Lastly, try keeping your thermostat set to 78 degrees when you’re home, and turn it up when you’re not. As mentioned, use ceiling fans to help you become acclimated to the higher temperature if you need to, but most barely notice the difference in temperature, if they notice it at all.

Stay tuned to All Year Cooling all summer long for more tips on reducing energy costs without sacrificing your comfort or lifestyle.

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