Saving energy is cool and easy to do. Follow these tips to save on your heating and cooling bills all season long.
- Switch your ceiling fan to run counter-clockwise in the winter (this looks clockwise when looking up at it) and clockwise in the summer (this looks counter-clockwise when looking up at it). You’ll be able to raise or lower your thermostat.
- Change or clean your air filters at least once a month. Dirty filters prevent your HVAC from operating at its peak performance and increases your energy costs.
- Use a programmable thermostat to precisely control the temperate at certain times of the day. Many thermostats are able to connect to your internet and allow you to control while away.
- In the winter, set your thermostat at 68-70 degrees during the day and 65-68 degrees at night.
- Set your thermostat at 60 degrees if going on vacation during the winter.
- Tune up your HVAC with an annual maintenance contract. Performance will decline over time without regular maintenance. You’ll save energy and money, and your equipment will last longer.
- Repair leaky ducts to reduce heating and cooling costs.
- Use the sun in the winter to heat the inside by allowing the sun to shine in southern windows.
- Replace old air conditioners and furnaces with ones that are more energy efficient. You’ll feel more comfortable, save energy and save money.
Find more energy efficient tips at Duke Energy and Energy Star.