If, like many of us here in the Seacoast region of Maine and New Hampshire, you’ve been spending more time at home because of the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be seeing an increase in your home’s energy costs.
It makes sense, especially if one or more people is working from home and using computers or laptops. And then there is the TV binge-watching, more cooking, more use of lights, and, soon, more air conditioning.
We have some solutions that can lower your energy costs without sacrificing comfort and convenience.
If you haven’t done this already, now is the time so you’re ready for summer. Because the last thing you want when you’re working remotely is for the air conditioning to break down. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that regular maintenance can help your home’s central air conditioning system reduce its energy use by up to 15%. Considering that heating and cooling make up close to half of your home’s energy costs each year, those savings are a big help! Contact us to schedule your annual A/C tune-up.
If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs, you’re adding to your home’s energy costs. There are cost-effective alternatives that can help you save money, and don’t heat up your home as much as incandescent bulbs do. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) use less than one-third the energy of incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times longer. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use about one-quarter the energy of traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.
Turning your air conditioning setting 7 to 10 degrees higher for eight hours a day can cut your cooling costs by 10%. Programmable thermostats help you do that because you set it once and it automatically adjusts to your settings every day. Don’t have a programmable thermostat? We can help with that, as we install them! Contact us to learn more.