Keeping your air conditioner and heater running throughout the year tends to cost between $1,000 and $2,000 in America, with there being an overall upward trend in cost each subsequent year, as energy prices tend to steadily increase over time. There are many factors that go into determining how much you end up paying on your energy bill:
- The weather
- Your home’s insulation
- Local energy price regulations
- International power relations Hyper-speculation on fictitious capital (capital not tied to production)
- And much more
Even though the factors that determine your own personal energy bill costs are variable, the solutions for ameliorating costs are quite simple and universal. There are some tried and true solutions out there that will help you reduce what you are paying on your energy bill, without forcing you to have to totally give up on using your home’s HVAC or other conveniences.
Here at Comfort By Nature, we believe that heating and air conditioning should not be luxuries. Everyone should have access to an adequately heated room. If you need a skilled technician to come by and solve your HVAC needs — from AC repair to heat pump installation — Comfort By Nature is here for you. Serving the greater Northern Colorado region since 1994, our team is willing and able to optimize and repair your home’s HVAC system. Contact us today!
Tips for Reducing Your Energy Costs
There are a number of ways to cut your energy bill down to a more manageable size, depending on how intensive an approach you want to take. This guide will start from the modest, easy strategies, and work its way up to more and more intensive approaches for saving money on your energy bill.
#1: Reduce the Thermostat Temperature
As your HVAC system consumes on average 40% of your energy expenditure, the simplest approach to reducing what you pay is to reduce how much you depend on your HVAC system. On cold days, instead of cranking up the heat, start by putting on a sweater or getting under a blanket. You don’t need every corner of your house to be warm for you to be comfortable. Or, in summer, when it’s hot in your home, only keep your AC on at enough of a level to ameliorate the bulk of the negative effects of the heat, and find other ways of dealing with slightly warmer temperatures in your home. If you turn your thermostat 10 degrees down from its normal setting for 8 hours of the day, you can save up to 10% off your entire energy bill.
#2: Get a Programmable Thermostat
Perhaps suffering through the heat or cold isn’t a prospect you want to accept. In such cases, you may want to get a programmable thermostat, so you can program the temperature you want at each part of the day. For example, if you are at work all day, with a programmable thermostat you can set it so that it is off while you are gone and then turns on 15 minutes before you get home. You can also set it so that it turns your heat or A/C up and down throughout the day and night according to an energy-saving strategy. You can make sure that heating and cooling changes are gradual, and you can be extremely precise about what temperature you want to have to compromise your comfort with your budget. There is also the benefit that, with a programmable thermostat, you end up paying less for replacements or repairs in the long run, as gradual temperature changes are much less taxing on your HVAC system.
#3: Energy Efficiency-Oriented Home Improvement
Through regular tune-ups and maintenance, you can keep your HVAC system working optimally. When there is a build-up of dust or your parts are starting to break down, it can lead to your energy bills going up alongside suboptimal heating and air conditioning results. If you are in Northern Colorado and are looking to make your home more energy-efficient, the first step is to get an energy audit. If you would like to receive a FREE energy audit, call Comfort By Nature today!
#4: Unplug Your Appliances
The energy costs for appliances on standby can add up to around $100 a year. One easy way to save money over time is to unplug appliances while they are not in use. If you don’t want to be bending down all the time and unplugging things, you can also get a power strip with an on/off button for easy utility.
#5: Get HVAC Maintenance
HVAC maintenance isn’t just necessary when things break down. Ongoing maintenance and regular preventative practices can save you money on air conditioning and heater repairs down the road, as well as make your home more energy-efficient, saving you money on your utility bills. Regular HVAC maintenance can lead to reduced repair costs, the prolongation of your system’s life, and a lower energy bill. When your HVAC system is worn down, dirty, and so on, it becomes less efficient — which translates into higher monthly bills, as well as less effective temperature regulation. You don’t want to be paying more while still not getting the heating and cooling results you want. Schedule your free HVAC check-up with Comfort By Nature in Northern Colorado today!
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These are just some of the many ways you can reduce your energy bills without ending up sacrificing too much. In Part II of this series on saving you money through optimizing your home energy efficiency strategies, we will look at other ways, including upgrading your heating and air conditioning systems, that can have a MASSIVE impact on your energy bill savings. Click here to read Part II.
Comfort By Nature is Greeley’s #1, all-inclusive HVAC repair and maintenance provider. Does your air conditioner need repairs? Do you need specialized furnace services? Whether you need help optimizing or repairing your home HVAC system or your business needs a professional HVAC company to come check up what is wrong, Comfort By Nature is the HVAC contractor for you. Our NATE certified technicians and installers take pride in resolving every project with the highest quality care. Our team, based in Greeley, Colorado, has a combined 117 years of experience working on HVAC systems. If you’ve got a problem, we can fix it. Give us a call today to get your free HVAC check-up! We provide top of the line customer service and HVAC services for both residential and commercial locations. We look forward to hearing from you soon!