We are often asked by our customers, "How can I save money on my home energy bills?” Saving money on your energy costs can be done easily by following several step. First it means scheduling timely tune-ups on your AC and Furnace as well
as scheduling an AC service before summer. This ensures that your AC system
is clean and functioning properly, which means your system will use less energy
An immediate step you can take to save money on your energy bills is to install a programmable thermostat in your home. A programmable thermostat will allow you the ability to adjust the times your air
conditioner turns on or off according to a pre-set schedule.
ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Programmable Thermostats
By following ENERGY STAR guidelines for programmable thermostat use, you can
save about $180 every year in energy costs—this helps you reduce your energy
bills and enjoy a more comfortable home. Here are ENERGY STAR’s
1. It is advisable to keep the temperature set at its energy savings
set-points for long periods of time—at least eight hours—like during the day,
when no one is at home, and throughout the night, after bedtime.
2. All thermostats let you temporarily make an area of your home warmer or
cooler without erasing the pre-set programming. This override is cancelled
automatically at the next program period. You actually use more energy (and pay
more on your energy bills) if you consistently “hold” or override the
pre-programmed settings—so avoid this as much as possible!
3. Programmable thermostats generally have two types of hold features:
hold/permanent/vacation and temporary. ENERGY STAR recommends avoiding the use
of the hold/permanent/vacation feature to manage day-to-day temperature
settings. This is best used when you’re planning to be away for an extended
period. Set this feature at a constant, efficient temperature when going away
for the weekend or on vacation (perhaps to Ocean City, MD!).
4. Cranking your unit to extreme temperatures—40 degrees in the summer or 90
degrees during the winter—will not cool or heat your home any faster. All it
does is consume more energy, and ENERGY STAR recommends avoiding this if you
want to save money.
5. If your home has multiple heating or cooling zones, you should use a
programmed setback thermostat for each zone to maximize comfort, convenience,
and energy savings throughout the house.
Following these easy steps should allow you to see some relief on your energy bills. Call our office at 913-367-2294 for more information on installing a programmable thermostat.