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No matter the season, homeowners are always looking for ways to cut costs. You may not realize it, but there are a number of ways that you can save energy dollars starting right now. Here are some of our favorite techniques:

  • Have the HVAC system serviced – Heating and cooling equipment will naturally lose some efficiency through normal use. To counteract this, call a professional technician to give the system an annual tuneup.
  • Replace light bulbs – If you’re still using traditional bulbs, the truth is that you’re behind the times. Newer types of bulbs, such as CFLs (compact fluorescents), use only a fraction of energy.
  • Unplug unused electronics – Several types of electronics, including cell phone chargers, continue to use a small amount of energy even when they’re switched off. You can prevent this by either unplugging each device individually or plugging a group of them into a surge protector and turning the unit off.
  • Replace old models – If major appliances are getting old, it may be time to replace them with a more energy efficient model that’s backed up by the Energy Star label. This is especially true of your refrigerator, which is a huge energy hog.
  • Use energy-saving settings – Many appliances include a low energy setting to help save. What’s the use of having the option if you don’t use it?
  • Lower your water heater’s temperature – Homeowners have a tendency to raise the water heater temperature higher than it needs to be. The warm setting, 120 degrees, will suffice for your needs.
  • Replace the air filter – When the air filter of an A/C, furnace or heat pump gets clogged up, the system’s efficiency will be negatively affected. It’s best to check these filters each month and replace it as necessary.

For more expert advice on how to save energy dollars or any other home comfort issues, please don’t hesitate to call the friendly professionals at Pruett Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the air conditioning and heating needs of Warner Robins, Eastman and surrounding areas since 1977.

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