Heating and cooling your home takes up most your electricity utility allowance. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 54% of your energy costs are consumed by heating and cooling your home. There are some common sense, no cost ways to reduce those costs.
- Set your thermostat as low as comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. Also, think about how you set your thermostat at night and when you are away from home at work or away for a few days.
- Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder than normal setting when you first turn it on. It will not cool your home quicker, it will just cost more in electricity.
- Replace your filters once a month. You may pick up new filters at the Maintenance Office, Self-Help. Set a recurring appointment in your phone’s calendar to remind you to go by and pick up new filters.
- Clean the air registers as needed and make sure they are not blocked by furniture or draperies.
- During the winter keep your blinds open on South facing windows during the day to collect heat from the sun and close them at night to keep heat in.
- During the summer keep your blinds closed during the day to block the heat of the sun.
Remember, if you have any questions or concerns, our maintenance team is trained to do home energy audits. Those audits can help you find ways to reduce your energy consumption and still remain comfortable in your home.