High energy bills are something that can be managed and avoided if you take some steps to conserve energy. Here are some energy efficiency tips for your Reading, PA home.
Lower the Temperature on the Water Heater
Most people will set the temperature on their hot water heater to 140 degrees. In fact, that is the default. However, the Department of Energy recommends that the temperature be set at 120 degrees. It will take a quick minute, but can save a couple of dollars each month, depending on how much hot water your household uses. You should not feel a tremendous difference when you shower because the water should still be plenty hot.
Insulate Heating Ducts
You can minimize the energy loss in your ducts by sealing and insulating them. When your ducts leak, it will take more energy than it otherwise would to heat your home. This is because air is leaking into areas that do not need to be heated, costing you money for unnecessary electricity. Insulating the ducts will mean that almost all of the air stays in the ducts and can reach the area of the home that it’s intended to. It is difficult to keep all of the air in the ducts, but increasing the retention will save money.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
When you program a thermostat to automatically change the temperature in your home, you can increase and decrease your power requirements based on factors like the outside temperature and whether you will be at home. This can cut your heating bill by up to 15 percent. The amount of savings will vary based on how much you turn back your heat or AC when it’s not needed.
Trust the Professionals
Heating and cooling professionals can help recommend actions that you can take that can cut back on your heating and electricity bills. In the Reading, PA area, you can trust the services of Comfort Pro, Inc. for your heating and cooling needs. Give Comfort Pro, Inc. a call today to find out how you can save money!