It can be difficult to cut back on certain things each month in an effort to save you money, especially with utility bills. Nobody wants to sit in the dark or take really short showers in order to save a few bucks. There are things you can do that won't make you feel like you're suffering to help save you money on your heating and air conditioning bills each month. See below for some helpful tips.
Call The Utility Company
Contact your utility company to see if they offer any rebates for upgrades to your furnace or air conditioning systems such as adding a new thermostat or installing an entirely new system to your home. These upgrades should be more energy efficient, which is why some companies offer rebates for these additions. Also ask your utility company about other things that can save you money such as a monthly budget plan or other type of plan.
Upgrade Your System
As stated above, a new system or even a new thermostat can save you money as it is more energy efficient. Make these upgrades to save you money on your monthly utility bills. A new thermostat such as a digital version rather than a dial thermostat is much more accurate. Installing a new one won't cost you too much money and it isn't too difficult to install. For a new system upgrade, call a heating and air conditioning technician for a quote and to have it installed for you.
Adding insulation to your home will help to insulate your home, keeping cool air inside in the summer and warm air inside in the winter. If you haven't added insulation to your home before, you may be due to have some added. Over time insulation can settle, making it less effective. Have insulation added to your attic, or even to your walls if needed.
Maintain Your System
By maintaining your heating and air conditioning systems, you can save money each month as well. This means cleaning your units before using them and throughout the season, and changing your air filter in the system every other month to allow for proper air flow. It's also a good idea to clean your vents every couple of months to get rid of dust, dander and other debris inside your vents to also allow for proper air flow and to prevent all of this dander and dust from being blown around your home. Having your systems cleaned and inspected by a professional heating and air conditioning technician in between seasons is also something that can save you money in the long run as well.
Saving money is always a good thing, and your utility bills are no exception. Make upgrades, maintain your system, and call a heating and air technician to be sure your system is in top shape so it isn't working over-time and costing you more money than necessary.