Homeowners are feeling the effects of inflation on their monthly energy bills. With inflation at a 40-year high, you’re likely looking for ways to save on monthly expenses. Fight back against inflation with these five energy-saving tips.
Adjust the thermostat before you leave the house
There’s no need to run your fans and HVAC system on full blast when you’re not at home to enjoy it. Adjust the thermostat before you leave to maximize energy efficiency – if it’s warm outside, turn it up eight to ten degrees so your AC doesn’t continually run. If it’s cold, turn down the heat until you get home. Doing so can save you more than 10% on heating and cooling costs.
Open the windows on particularly nice days
The weather in Portland is beautiful in September! Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and open your windows instead of using your HVAC system on lovely days. Use fans to circulate the air through your home.
Keep blinds and curtains closed on sunny days.
Direct sunlight can heat your home five degrees or more, so make sure blinds and curtains are closed on warmer days to keep your home cool.
Lower the temperature on your water heater
The default setting on most water heaters is 140 degrees. Turning it down to 120 degrees can reduce water heating costs by nearly 10%.
Schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC system
With fall right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to schedule your furnace tune-up before the cooler weather settles. Regular maintenance on your HVAC system helps keep it running at peak efficiency, saving you money on your monthly bills.