Tips to reduce air conditioning and heating costs

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The typical American household produces twice the amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the average car, largely due to the energy costs tagged to heating and cooling services.

What costs energy generally costs money as well. For this reason, many people should be looking for ways to cut the usage and price tag on their energy bill. Not to worry, saving energy doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing convenient luxuries such as air conditioning; Today, Cristal Air & Emergency Service, heating and air conditioning repair Atascadero specialists have issued a report on 10 Tips to Reduce Heating and Cooling Bills. To view the report, see below or click here.

  1. Lower your thermostat. Set the thermostat to 78○F in the summer and 68○F in the winter. While it may not seem like much of a difference maker, it can significantly alter energy costs.
  2. Tune it up. With the help of a qualified technician, tune up the system. Make sure that the technician can ensure all its components are running properly. This not only saves money on energy, but on future repair costs.
  3. Program your thermostat. Program the thermostat to have energy-saving temperatures during the times that one will be away from home. Proper use of pre-programmed settings can save around $180 annually; once a schedule has been set try to avoid making changes, as these can quickly become costly.
  4. Check it regularly. Check periodically that the thermostat is set at the right temperature and turning on and off as programmed.
  5. Upgrade heating and cooling systems. If current heating and cooling systems are more than 10 years old, it may be time for an upgrade. Older units often malfunction which can make them less efficient in doing the job they’re supposed to, while still costing you money. Newer units tend to operate more efficiently, but less costly.
  6. Install proper window coverings. Experts say that when properly installed, plantation shutters are more efficient than any other window treatment. In addition, Polywood shutters are up to 70 percent more energy efficient than wooden shutters and 1600 percent more efficient than standard aluminum mini blinds. This adds up to significant savings in energy costs.