Recently REALTORS®Mag gave homeowners five ways to save on utility costs this summer as provided by HomeSelfe, makers of a free energy saving app that evaluates a home’s power usage. Among their recommendations, is to regularly change air filters in a home’s heating and cooling system. These dirty devils can cause utility bills to soar, especially during the summer months.
“When filters get dirty, the heating and cooling system has to work harder and consume more energy to do its job,” advises HomeSelfe. “With clean filters, the system can cool your home more efficiently and help you save on utility bills.”
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When these appliances are properly maintained, they also have a much longer life and they won’t need to be replaced as often. Also when it comes to the operation of these expensive heating and air conditioning systems, HomeSelfe recommends the installation of a programmable thermostat.
While we’re all well versed on the concept of keeping our interior temperature at 68° (or higher) during summer months, with a programmable thermostat, we can do much more to save on these energy costs. You can have the until shut off completely when it’s much cooler at night and in the morning and raise the temperature when you’re not home.
To reduce water usage in your garden, apply mulch on the entire area. Mulch helps to slow the evaporation process and you’ll have to water your garden less often and at a decreased capacity. With the mulch aiding in keeping the ground more moist, it will give plants more time to absorb the water they need to grow and thrive.
To read HomeSelfe’s recommendations in their entirety, visit the REALTORS®Mag website here. See how adding window film and collecting rainwater can also curb utility costs.