When it comes to energy efficient home improvements, you don’t have to break the bank to cut your energy costs. There are things that can be done by virtually anyone with a little do-it-yourself experience, which won’t cost much yet will reap noticeable rewards on your energy bill.
Seal your Doors, Jambs and Windows
Keep the drafts out of your home by making sure the door threshold and door jambs are right and tight. Even a door snake on the floor against the door will help your energy efficiency, but the tighter you make your jambs, the less energy goes out the door.
Also, don’t forget to seal your windows too. You can get plastic sealing window kits and keep the drafts out all winter long.
Change your HVAC Filter
How many times have you heard this advice? However, a dirty filter makes your HVAC system work harder, and that means it uses more energy. Plus, a clean filter keeps the wear and tear on your system to a minimum. Do this monthly, and you’ll be good to go.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
This is one of the most cost effective ways to save on your energy bill both winter and summer. A programmable thermostat allows you to heat the home only when you are there. When you are at work or away, it automatically lowers the house temperature in the winter, or raises it in the summer. After all, there is no need to fully heat or cool a home when no one is around, and you’ll save between 10% and 15% off of your energy bill every month.
The Big Three
Although there are other ways of making your home more energy efficient, like adding insulation into the attic, installing energy efficient windows and frames and using Energy Star appliances, take care of the big three first to get the most bang for your buck in energy efficiency, all season long.
For all of your HVAC needs or questions concerning energy efficient home improvements, contact Paschal Heat, Air and Geothermal. We have been serving the Northwest Arkansas, Southern Missouri, and Eastern Oklahoma since 1968.