Adjust your thermostat! As TogetherWeSave.com demonstrates, lowering a thermostat in winter can save as much as $85 per year. During warmer months, raising the thermostat a few degrees can save money, too. Set the temperature between 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and you could save up to 8 percent on monthly cooling bills.
Become a fan of fans! While they don’t replace air conditioners or heat pumps, fans move air and help you feel more comfortable. On milder days, fans can save as much as 60 percent on electric bills. Fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave.
Get a maintenance contract! Having your HVAC system serviced annually by a NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certified technician is essential. This HVAC professional will check your entire system to make sure it runs efficiently. This will help to extend the life of your system and save money.
Look for the Energy Star label! When it’s time to replace your cooling system, TogetherWeSave.com recommends replacing it with an ENERGY STAR-qualified model. Doing so could cut your energy costs by as much as 30 percent.
Bigger isn’t always better. Too often, cooling equipment isn’t sized properly and leads to higher electric bills. A unit that is too large for your home will not cool evenly and might produce higher humidity indoors.