Turn up the thermostat!
You can save about 10% annually on cooling (and heating) bills by raising the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for 8-hour periods. Keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees during summer months; raise it a few degrees before bedtime, and more if you’ll be away from home for a few days. [Source: U.S. Energy Dept]
Change your filter!
A clean filter increases air flow, improves air conditioner performance, and extends the useful life of your heating and cooling system.
Regular maintenance is as important for your heating and cooling system as it is for your automobile. With all of those moving parts, pre-season inspection, cleaning, and adjustments will ensure your system is operating at peak performance – for energy and comfort!
Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs!
They save energy and last 6 to 15 times as long as a standard bulb.
Trees and plants!
Thoughtful planting can provide significant cooling benefits. Trees and vines can shade walls and windows, while shrubs and groundcover can cool the ground around your home, reducing heat radiation.
Attic fans and vents exhaust the superheated air that works against the cooling system (day and night). Make sure your attic fan is operating properly.
Gaps around ductwork can mean your system is working too hard and cooling your crawlspace in addition to your house! Weather stripping for windows and doors help summer cooling efficiency as well as winter heating efficiency.
DUCT TAPE – Where’d That Come From?
In the early 1940s, Johnson & Johnson scientists created a strong, water proof adhesive tape to be used in the war effort. Originally produced in army green, it is nicknamed “duck tape” because of it’s water-repellent qualities.
In the late 1940s, GIs brought duck tape home to the American housing boom and begin using it to seal joints in air-conditioning ductwork. Because of its new use, the color changes from green to gray, and the name changes to duct tape.
So now you know!