With summer finally coming to a close, you’ve survived another season of high energy bills thanks to your kids being home and forgetting to turn off lights or playing their video games incessantly. Now it’s time to turn your attention to back-to-school energy savings so that you can finally get back on track. Here are some tips to help lower your bills this fall:
- Raise the temperature — With the kids at school, this means that fewer people will be in your home during the day. Turning up your thermostat by 4 degrees will help you keep your energy costs under control. For even better control, invest in a Wi-Fi thermostat. These devices allow you to make changes remotely through the Internet or a Wi-Fi connection.
- Unplug devices when not in use — Devices like video game consoles and televisions are likely to be used less often now that the kids are at school. These things continue to use a small amount of energy even when they’re turned off, so to maximize savings, unplug them when you’re not home.
- Schedule a tune-up — Now that you’ll have a little more time on your hands, use it effectively by hiring a professional HVAC technician to perform a tune-up of your system. This will help maintain its efficiency, which will lower its energy usage and save you money.
- Shut the blinds — Even though the fall season can still be a little warm at times, it’s best to shut your blinds when you’re away. Without the sunlight streaming into your home, your A/C system won’t need to work as hard.
- Get an energy audit — The best way to improve your home’s efficiency is to learn its weak spots. A technician can perform an energy audit in a short amount of time, which will clue you into which areas may need improvement.
For more expert advice on back-to-school energy savings, or if you have any other home comfort issues, please contact the professionals at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been serving the needs of Grand Traverse County, Michigan and the surrounding area for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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