Energy conservation might not be the most exciting subject but it can really hurt your wallet if you ignore it. After seeing my power bill hit $800 one month, I decided then and there that I had to find ways of making sure that didn't happen again.
How about talking to your neighbours about their energy bills? Sami Grover at Treehugger.com had this to say…
1) It's probably a good idea to ask friends and neighbors—in similar houses—how much they spend on their energy. If my experience is typical, it's not a conversation that many people have. And it would help us all to make this a more central topic of discussion. That's especially true in regions where power prices are low enough that many people don't pay close attention to their bills.
2) Utilities can help a lot by providing clear, helpful data that not only analyzes energy consumption—but compares it to what other homes of similar size/age/type are consuming.
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Now that summer is almost upon us, it's a good time to look at how to keep the air conditioning costs down. As electricity rates continue to climb, it's becoming more important than ever to lower our costs. One way to do that is buying an energy efficient air conditioner. However, they are not cheap. Our friends at Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning provided 7 tips on conserving energy including keeping your vents and filters clean.
We have always reminded you that clean filters, vents and ducts help your air conditioning system perform efficiently. As your HVAC system draws air in and over its coils, it also pulls in the accompanying dust, dirt, and debris. If left to build up, the system will have to work harder to pull air through the system. Additionally, the pollen, dust, and other contaminants can create an unhealthy indoor environment. You don’t want suffering and medical costs for your family or household.
By frequently changing your air filter, and remembering to schedule bi-annual professional maintenance, the A/C won’t need to use more electricity to cool your home. And your indoor air will be healthier!
There you go – a couple great articles to help you keep your energy costs down this summer. First of all, by discussing your energy bill with your neighbours, you can determine if your house is costing more than it should. Secondly, we have seven tips on keeping the utility bills under control on those hot summer days.
If you're wondering if it's time to replace your heating and cooling system, you may want to check this post out.
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