Question of the Month

Aug 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Question of the Month

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Q: My electric bill was over $250 in June! Is there any way to beat the heat and reduce my energy costs?
A:

First and foremost, don’t let your cool air sneak out of your house! Check your windows and doors to make sure there are no gaps or cracks in seals, caulking or weather stripping. Seal any leaks around plumbing or electrical outlet entryways to your home.

  • Close window blinds and drapes and turn off lights in unoccupied rooms during the day and keep ceiling fans running.
  • Keep your ac filters clean and have your system checked for leaks by a licensed HVAC technician. Leaking ducts can reduce energy efficiency by up to 20%.
  • Limit the use of heat-generating appliances like ovens, dishwashers and clothes dryers during the hottest parts of the day.
  • You can also try setting your thermostat 1 degree warmer to see if your home is still comfortably cool. Making even a slight adjustment to the temperature setting can make a difference on your utility bill.
  • If you leave your house for the entire day, or if you go on vacation, set your thermostat to a warmer temperature.
  • One last tip that may save you money on your gas bill…experiment with the temperature setting on your hot water heater. Try turning it to the warm setting (120°F), which may or may not produce enough warm water for your household.

Whatever you do, stay hydrated and think cool thoughts!!

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