In Part I of this article series, we discussed some ways you can reduce your energy bill this year. In this post, we continue on with our list. Ultimately, however, the best way to find out how to cut your energy bill is to call your local HVAC technician and discuss with them minor improvements you can make to start saving more money. As your HVAC system is responsible for approximately 40% of your annual energy bill, it is the obvious place to start when it comes to saving money.
If you are in Greeley or Northern Colorado, Comfort By Nature can work with you to make your home and HVAC system more energy-efficient. We can check to make sure your home air conditioner and your furnace are working optimally, as well as undertake HVAC repair, no matter how simple or daunting. With over 117 years of combined experience, our HVAC technicians are fully capable of addressing all of your heating and air needs. Give us a call to schedule a FREE onsite estimate, and start the process of making your home more energy-efficient today!
Tips for Reducing Your Energy Costs Continued
If you want to save as much as 35% on your energy bill this year without having to sacrifice your personal comfort, adjusting your equipment operating sequence can make a massive difference. With regular HVAC check-ups, you can make some massive savings on your home’s energy bill. An HVAC company like Comfort By Nature can conduct many improvements for you. We can help you save money by:
- Cleaning your coils, which can save you up to 15%
- Cleaning soot from the fire side of a burner
- Changing your air filters, potentially saving you another 15%
- Descaling your condenser coil, which, if it is really scaled up, can lead to another 30% decrease in your energy bill
- And many more HVAC maintenance solutions to make your energy bill less expensive this year.
In addition to all these HVAC maintenance-based solutions, there are some things you can do by yourself that will help you save money on your energy bill. Yet, if you live in Greeley or the surrounding Northern Colorado region, one of the most impactful ways of reducing your energy bill is to get your HVAC system regularly maintained by Comfort By Nature. Call us today to schedule your free HVAC audit!
#6: Get Energy-Saving Light Bulbs
There are some lighting choices you can make in your home that will help save you money. Your best bet here is to replace your light bulbs with LEDs, as LEDs tend to use ¼ the amount of energy and last 20 times as long as traditional incandescent bulbs. AS LEDs are not that expensive anyway, they are absolutely worth getting for all of your lights. This alone can help save you a significant amount on your energy bill over the long term.
#7: Insulate Your House Better
Better insulation can have a big impact on your energy bill as well. When you reduce air leakage by improving the seals around places where it will leak out, your air conditioner and furnace don’t have to work as hard to keep your house at the temperature you want it to be at. Most homes are not built at high levels of insulation performance. With a better-insulated home, you reduce the exchange of heat throughout the home, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, without having to expend extra energy to achieve your desired temperature.
#8: Use Dryer Balls in the Dryer
Appliances are another of the big drains on your energy bill, next to your HVAC system. Your dishwasher, laundry machine, etc. all require a significant amount of energy to run. However, there are some tricks to making it so they aren’t so expensive. For example, adding wool dryer balls to your dryer can reduce the necessary run-time of your dryer by 25-50%. They also function as a fabric softener and eliminate static electricity in the dryer.
#9: Wash Your Dishes By Hand
Sometimes it’s fine to just do things the traditional way. Drying your clothes outside, washing your dishes by hand, churning your own butter… Well, maybe not the last one, but you get the idea. When dishes aren’t that dirty, hand washing them can be a simple way to get them clean without having to run the dishwasher as often.
#10: Create a Budget
More than anything, what will guide your ability to follow-through with energy-saving practices is to create a budget. Creating a budget will give you the information you need to decide what you should cut, how you should adjust your energy-efficiency practices, and what decisions are going to give you the greatest return on your investment. As your HVAC system is responsible for around 40% of your energy bill, it should be on the top of your list for finding ways to optimize it and implement cost-effective practices.
Be Proactive and Save On Your Energy Bill
One of the most impactful investments for cutting back on your energy spending is to get your HVAC system maintained regularly. From getting your furnace filters cleaned to installing a new programmable thermostat, HVAC maintenance services may give you the best ROI when it comes to optimizing your home’s energy efficiency. If you are looking for an HVAC contractor in Greeley or Northern Colorado, Comfort By Nature is the best choice for people with affordability and quality in mind. Our skilled technicians have a combined 117 years of experience doing HVAC maintenance. We pride ourselves on upholding the highest possible standards with every job we take on. Our team of certified technicians and installers are primed and ready to get to work on your air conditioner, furnace, or any other part of your HVAC system today. If you would like to start saving money on your energy bill, call Comfort By Nature today to get your free onsite estimate!