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How Can I Save Money on My Energy Bill?

7 Ways You Can Start Saving Money Today

With spring fast approaching it is time to evaluate your energy spending before Florida begins heating up again. Much like budgets, giving your energy bill an honest assessment on a regular basis is a good way to stay ahead of potential overspending, and spot any issues before they spiral into larger problems.

If you are starting to worry about how much your energy bill is costing you, there are a few things you can do to decrease this monthly expense. We’ve rounded up 7 ways you can start saving money on your bill today!

  1. Clean AC Filters
    • According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a clogged filter can cause your AC system to use 15% more of your home’s power. The reason is because, when ventilation and air conditioning systems have dirty filters, it causes these systems to work harder in order to meet your cooling needs, leading to higher costs for you. Take a look at your filters about once a month. If you notice a lot of dirt or any damage to your filters, it is time to have them replaced.
  2. Update Your Heating & Air Conditioning Units
    • Units that are too small for your needs or over 10 years old can dramatically affect your energy bill. Units that are too small are often overworked, while older units lack the energy-efficient technology that can reduce your overall energy consumption.
  3. Schedule Preventative Maintenance
    • Although there is an upfront cost to having a professional look at your HVAC units once a year, you will see these savings add up almost immediately. HVAC technicians can thoroughly inspect your systems, provide honest advice, and repair small issues that could be reducing your system’s efficiency.
  4. Keep Your Home Airtight
    • You can have the best HVAC systems on earth, but if your property is not sealed properly, all of that valuable heat and air is leaching from your home. A fast way to start saving is to check the seal around your door and window frames, and to fill any cracks with sealant.
  5. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
    • When people update their units, they often forget to invest in an updated thermostat too. Updating your thermostat to a programmable one is a great, low-cost way to save money. Programmable units auto-adjust to your needs perfectly, so you are never stuck riding your thermostat or overcooling your home.
  6. Install a Ceiling Fan
    • While ceiling fans are never going to pack the same punch as your AC unit, utilizing fans in your home can help circulate air. This circulation will decrease stagnant air and prevent hot and cold pockets from forming.
  7. Check Your Attic
    • This might seem like an odd place for you to look for savings, but insufficient insulation in your attic can increase the costs of heating and cooling your home.

All in all, making sure your home’s heating and cooling needs are being met without overworking your HVAC systems is the best way to keep your energy costs down. Whether you are looking to update an old AC unit, schedule preventative maintenance, or receive some much-needed HVAC repairs, the professionals at Airrific Air Conditioning and Heating have you covered.

Call Airrific today at (941) 677-5957 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.