Anyone who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area knows the cost of living in the region is one of the highest in the country. While homeowners and builders often combine energy sources such as electric, gas, or even water, wind, or solar power, it’s important to know what you can do to help lower energy costs. As trusted Hayward HVAC professionals, we have a few simple tips that will help you keep costs down, especially during colder winter months.
First of all, make sure your home is as energy efficient as it can be by doing a Home Energy Checkup, something you can do online. By answering a few simple questions regarding your habits and home, you can find out where the most energy is being used in your home, and receive tips to help you save.
Unplug appliances and electronics. Even when they’re turned off, appliances, phone chargers, and other equipment still consume energy, something you may not be aware of. Unplug toasters, coffee makers, power adapters, can openers, and other items when you’re not using them. To make it easier, consider a power strip so you can turn off several items at one time.
Have old incandescent bulbs in your lighting fixtures? Save about 75% on yearly usage by simply replacing these bulbs with LED lights!
Set the thermostat at 68 degrees and close up the house in the evenings to hold the heat in. Did you know that three to five percent more energy is used for every degree you turn your furnace up above 68? Keep it at this setting or even lower if you’re comfortable. When your family is gone during the day, or during the evening hours while you’re sleeping, close up shades, drapes, or curtains to help hold the heat in. Window coverings actually help prevent the heated air from escaping.
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we enjoy helping Hayward and East Bay Area customers save as much money as possible, while staying comfortable. Perhaps it’s time for a high efficiency HVAC system if yours is an older, less efficient model. Whatever your needs, give us a call today.