The average home spends hundreds of dollars every year on energy costs. You can lower your energy bills and help save the environment at the same time. Cutting back on unnecessary energy use is an easy way to save money. Replacing an outdated heating/cooling unit with a more energy efficient system is a great option save energy in your home. That option isn’t available to everyone, so here at Complete Air Solutions, we’ve put together tips to help save energy in your home.

Having an ENERGY STAR qualified unit in your home can keep reduce energy costs, and keep your utility bills down. Different units have different efficiencies. These systems can give you improved comfort at reduced operating costs by using fewer energy resources. The higher the efficiency rating is the greater the energy savings. Trane split system air conditioners and heat pump systems have a SEER of 14.5 or above, 12 EER, or HSPF of 8.2 or above, which meet or exceed the minimum efficiency for ENERGYSTAR.

A programmable thermostat is designed to maximize the performance of your home system by having reliable and accurate temperature control. According to Energy Star, about 45% of a home’s energy is utilized for heating and cooling. A huge portion of that goes into heating/cooling unoccupied spaces. You don’t really need to heat or cool your home as much when you are sleeping or not in your house. When used correctly programmable thermostats can reduce energy usage when you are away at work or when you’re sleeping. When you are at work, you can keep the temperature 78-80 degrees fahrenheit, but when at home you could lower it to about 74-76 degrees to maximize energy savings. The average savings is about $100 a year, so in about two years that will cover the cost of the unit and save you money.

Keeping as much air in the house as possible improve your home’s efficiency as well. Insulating your home is important. In the winter the heat produced gradually move up toward the roof. Insulating the ceilings on the top floor can keep more warm air in your home. Using curtains, rugs, and carpeting is also an effective method of keeping your home cooler during the summer. Rugs and carpet can hold heat in the room during the winter. Using weather stripping on doorways and window frames also help keep air in your home.

Lastly, ceiling fans move air around the room. A ceiling fan can allow you to raise the temperature about 2-4 degrees fahrenheit without a decline in comfort. Turn on the fan when necessary. It is best to turn off ceiling fans when you are not in the room. Large ceiling fans can move more air than smaller fans so when buying a ceiling fan, take that into consideration. Ceiling fans can also be ENERGY STAR qualified, so look out for that as well.