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5 Tips for Saving Energy (and money) this Summer!

July 13th, 2015

Did you know that heating and cooling account for nearly half of the energy use in a typical home? This makes heating and cooling the largest energy expense in your home. With this in mind, and with the triple digit heat upon us, we’re sharing our top 5 tips for saving energy and money this summer.

  1. The quickest way to save energy on home cooling is to regularly clean and replace your cooling unit’s filters. A clogged filter restricts airflow which decreases the unit’s efficiency and ability to cool the air. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can reduce your air conditioners energy consumption between 5-15%
  2. A programmable thermostat can help you save up to 10% on heating and cooling a year according to the Department of Energy. Keep the house warmer than normal when you’re away and set it to 78° when you’re home. You could save as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.
  3. Air loss through ducts accounts for about 30% of a cooling system’s energy consumption. Have your ducts insulated and sealed.
  4. Take advantage of your ceiling fans. The use of fans allows you to raise the thermostat up to 4 degrees without compromising your comfort.
  5. If you’re ready for a new air conditioning unit, consider buying an ENERGY STAR qualified unit. These models are up to 15% more efficient than standard models. Talk to an expert to make sure you are getting a unit that is the right size for your home and comfort needs.

In total, these changes can help you reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50% and that’s great news for your energy bill!

At Russett Southwest, your comfort is our goal. For more than sixty years, we have served as one of the top heating and cooling companies in the Tucson area. Our experience means that you’ll get the best service and products for you and your home. To learn more or to schedule a visit, check out our website or call (520) 629-9676.