Do you want to save money? If opening your monthly utility bill makes you sweat in the summer and gives you the chills in the winter, try these energy saving tips and save money year-round.
- Shut off the HVAC system when you leave home. The savings begin immediately and are most profound if you’re gone for eight hours or more at a time. The easiest way to enjoy energy savings without sacrificing comfort is with a programmable thermostat, which automatically resumes a comfortable temperature before you walk in the door.
- Keep the thermostat at a constant temperature while at home. If you feel chilly or overheated, raise or lower the temperature by one degree and change your clothes. Cranking the thermostat way up or down doesn’t heat or cool your home any faster. It only increases the chance that the furnace or air conditioner will waste energy by overshooting a comfortable temperature.
- Unplug electronics when not in use. TVs, game consoles, computers, monitors, printers and other electronics draw power 24 hours a day, even when turned off or in standby mode. Some wait at the ready for you to turn them on with a remote control, often displaying a digital clock. Other devices are completely useless in standby mode. Unplug these devices, including power adaptors and cell phone chargers, when not in use.
- Run the ceiling fan year-round. In the summer, the nice breeze makes you feel up to four degrees cooler, allowing you to turn up the thermostat without sacrificing comfort. Rooms with vaulted ceilings can also benefit from running a ceiling fan in the winter. Switch it to reverse and run it on low to draw trapped warm air back down into the living space. Just remember to turn the fans off when you leave the room.
- Run your clothes washer wisely. Only run full batches. Choose special detergent that gets clothes clean at lower temperatures so you can wash most batches in cold water.
With these energy saving tips, you’re bound to see an immediate difference in your energy bills. Please contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling in greater Cleveland today for more helpful energy saving tips.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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