Our energy consumption has a tremendous effect on the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that about 39% of the energy consumed in this country is used to generate electricity. You might be surprised by the fact that approximately 45 percent of your electrical bill is attributed to your HVAC equipment.
So, what exactly does HVAC mean? HVAC is an acronym for “heating, ventilation and air conditioning.” RSI points out that despite their increasing efficiency, HVAC systems still use more energy than any other system in your home. Now that the weather has turned cold, here are some things you can do to reduce the energy use of you HVAC system.
- When it comes to cutting down your energy bill in the winter, you should turn down the thermostat. Even setting your thermostat down one degree less will save you money during those cold fall and winter months. Energy.gov reports that you’ll save about 10 percent on your heating and cooling bill each year if turn your thermostat down by 10 to 15 degrees for the eight hours while you sleep.
- To make the process of regulating your home’s temperature easier, opt for a programmable thermostat, which makes saving on your energy bills effortless.
- Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
- Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows or glass doors that feel drafty.