Turn it Up (Or Down): While it may seem like reverse-logic, setting your thermostat to a higher temperature during spring and summer and lower in the winter will cut down on energy costs. When you are traveling, you can also increase or decrease the temperature settings (depending on the season) while you’re away to save even more money.
Close it up: No matter what the season, it’s important to make sure doors are shut and HVAC vents closed in rooms that you don’t frequently use. This will increase the efficiency of central air or window air conditioner units you use to cool off when the weather gets hot and will prevent warm air from escaping any heated spaces. You may want to have your air ducts, windows and doors checked by a professional for any leaks to prevent bleeding.
Blowing in the Wind: If you live in a property without a central heating or cooling system, installing ceiling fans is an effective and inexpensive way to circulate fresh, cooled air throughout your home. During the winter, reversing the direction of the fan blades can help circulate heated air around living spaces. Ceiling fans can be purchased at major home improvement stores and can be easily installed.
Seeing Things in a New Light: Not only do compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs give off less heat than incandescent bulbs, they also reduce your home’s carbon footprint by using 65 to 70 percent less energy while lasting 10 times longer than traditional bulbs. CFL bulbs come in a variety of design to fit all sockets and can be used throughout your home all year long.
Following these simple solutions can help you operate your home more efficiently, safely, and keep you and your family comfortable no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.