Heating or cooling your home when nobody is there to enjoy it can be a big waste of money. There are many different ways to lower your energy costs while you’re at work that are free or very inexpensive to implement. A few of the different ways to keep your energy costs low while you are away from your home include:
- Using a programmable thermostat
- Opening or closing curtains and blinds depending on the season
- Plugging electronics into a power strip
Having a programmable thermostat installed is one of the best ways to lower your energy costs during the day. You can set the temperature to a comfortable level when you are home, and let it get cooler or warmer when you are not home, depending on the season. Most programmable thermostats even have weekend settings so you don’t have to worry about adjusting your thermostat’s schedule on Saturdays and Sundays.
Blocking or Opening Windows
In the summer, you can draw curtains and blinds closed in order to help reduce the amount of sunlight that gets into your home when nobody is there. Radiant heat from the sun can have a fairly strong impact on how hot your home gets. When it is a little cooler during the winter, you can keep some south-facing windows free of curtains in order to let more radiant heat into your home.
Using a Power Strip
While turning off a device cuts its power usage considerably, most electronics still draw some electricity as long as they are plugged in. By using a power strip, you can easily switch everything on and off at once when you leave or come home, and it stops power from being drawn while the devices are inactive.
At CCAC, we are always striving to deliver top quality customer service. Our technicians have been serving the Coastal Bend area for more than 35 years. We are determined to meet all of your heating, cooling and ventilation needs. Get in touch with us to learn more about saving money on energy costs, or for any other home comfort issue.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy costs and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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