Make an Impact on Your Cincinnati Home's Heating and Cooling Costs With These Tips
by Greg Leisgang on October 3, 2013
Posted in: Energy Savings
Cincinnati heating and cooling costs can blow the budget of a frugal home owner. The following tips can help you reduce your Cincinnati heating and cooling costs.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
You can save as much as 10 percent of your Cincinnati heating and cooling costs by using a programmable thermostat. This allows you to experience maximum indoor comfort while maximizing your energy efficiency.
Use the Sun
In the winter months, you can capture radiation from the sun by leaving your curtains open during the day to help heat your home. In summer months, use curtains to block radiant heat from the sun, to ease the burden on your air conditioner.
Chose Energy Star
The appliances in your home account for as much as 20 percent of your energy costs. Look for options that carry an Energy Star designation. Energy Star-approved products and appliances are more efficient than their counterparts.
Improve Your Lighting
Roughly 10 percent of your energy costs are from lighting your home. Use energy efficient bulbs to reduce your overall utility costs. Replacing 15 lights in your home can result in savings of $600 over the life of the bulbs.
Switch Off Power Strips
Plug electronics into a power strip. Chargers, computers and other electronics use energy when they’re plugged in, even if they aren’t turned on. Use the on/off switch on the power strip to control energy use when the devices aren't in use.
Don’t Overheat Your Water
Set the temperature on your water heater to no more than 120 degrees. Heating water accounts for as much as 14 percent of your utility costs. Wrapping an insulation jacket around an older water heater also helps to slow heat loss.
Maintain Your HVAC Systems
Have preventive maintenance performed to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system, thereby reducing your Cincinnati heating and cooling costs.
Call a Professional
Professional energy assessors can audit your home to find areas where energy efficiency can be improved.
To find out more about how we can help lower your Cincinnati heating and cooling costs, contact us at Jonle Heating & Cooling today. We're proud to serve Cincinnati and the surrounding areas.
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