Tips to Lower Heating/Air Conditioning Bills
Perform an energy audit. Many utility companies offer a free home energy audit to customers and it's well worth taking advantage of this free service.
Install Ceiling Fans. Keep the air circulating in your home and your air conditioner won't have to work as hard.
Install an Attic Fan. It will pull cool air into your home and help remove hot air trapped in attics.
Schedule Yearly HVAC Maintenance. Increase the efficiency of your HVAC system by having it inspected and cleaned at least once a year.
Change Your Filters Regularly. Keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency by changing the filter every thirty days.
Upgrade to Energy Star Appliances. If your appliances are 10 years or older, consider replacing them with new, Energy Star models, which use considerably less energy.
Get a Programmable Thermostat. Then, set it to run less when you're at work or sleeping. A few degrees can shed 5-10% from your heating bill.
Pile on the Blankets. An extra blanket on your bed in the winter months is often all it takes to push back the thermostat another couple of degrees.
Install a Tankless Hot Water Heater. The next time you need to replace your hot water heater, consider going with a tankless heater (also known as an on-demand hot water heater). They can cut your hot water energy cost by half.
Close the Fireplace Damper. Ensure the damper is closed when not is use. Hot air rises and is sucked out the chimney.
Ensure Returns are Free of Obstruction. Heating systems which are "forced-air" send hot air through the house via vents on the floor and draw back air through returns. Make sure all vents and returns are not obstructed and air can flow smoothly.
Take Advantage of the Sun for Heating: On sunny days, open blinds and drapes to allow sunlight to heat your home.
For Heating, Tap Heat that's There. When showering, keep bathroom doors open to allow steam and heat to circulate. Open the oven door after baking. Try to avoid using ventilation fans which remove warm air to the outside.
Check and Replace Weather stripping on Doors and Windows. Air leaks around faulty weather stripping not only make your home drafty, but they increase the costs of heating and cooling your home.