Serving Central Arkansas Since 1972

Money Saving Energy Tips

Save Energy – Save Money

Would you be surprised to learn that heating and cooling your home accounts for almost 50% of your energy consumption? The annual average energy bill for a single family home is $2,200! This is why we at Bob & Ed’s Heating & Air Conditioning want to help you learn how to take a whole-home approach to energy-efficiency with our money saving energy tips.

Right in your own home, you have the power to save money and energy. Whether you take simple no-cost steps or make larger investments to create a more efficient home, you’ll be decreasing your monthly expenses and helping the environment!

NO-COST TIPS:

  • Turn off lights, electronics & appliances when not in use.
  • Turn power strips off when not in use.
  • Unplug electronics when on vacation.
  • Keep lights & lighting fixtures clean. (dirt absorbs light)
  • Clean filters monthly.
  • Keep all windows & doors closed when heating or cooling your home.
  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees.
  • Eliminate trapped air from hot water heater twice a season.
  • Turn off exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done using them.
  • Close chimney dampers.
  • In the Kitchen

  • Vacuum your refrigerator & freezer coils (underneath & in the back) twice a year.
  • Keep the seals (gaskets) on refrigerators & freezers clean.
  • Keep your freezer as full as possible. (you can place containers or plastic bottles filled with water in empty spaces)
  • Make sure food is cool & covered before it goes into the refrigerator.
  • Use energy saver option on your dishwasher, allowing dishes to air dry.
  • Set dishwasher water temperature to 120 degrees.
  • Only operate dishwasher when it is fully loaded.
  • Limit the use of the “rinse hold” setting on your dishwasher.
  • Keep reflectors underneath stovetop burners clean.
  • Place lids tightly on pans to speed cooking time.
  • Use pots & pans that fit the burners.
  • Keep oven burners clean.
  • Use glass or ceramic pans in your oven. (you can turn down the temperature 25 degrees & foods will cook just as quickly)
  • Keep oven door closed while baking.
  • Cook with small appliances.
  • Use microwave. (shortens cooking time)
  • In the Laundry Room

  • Only operate washer & dryer when they are fully loaded.
  • Air dry clothes.
  • Use cold or warm wash & the cold rinse settings on your washing machine.
  • In the Bathroom

  • Take a short shower instead of a bath.
  • With Heating & Air

  • Keep the area around your heating & cooling unit clean and free of obstructions to maintain airflow.
  • Keep air supply & return registers clean & unobstructed.
  • Keep thermostat clear of heat.
  • Keep unit out of the sun.
  • In the Summertime

  • Set thermostat to 78-80 degrees when home and 5-10 degrees warmer at night or when not at home.
  • Use fans.
  • Open windows at night.
  • Close window coverings during the day to keep heat out.
  • Use heat producing appliances as late in the evening as possible.
  • Barbeque outdoors when practical.
  • Use pool trippers to reduce the time your swimming pool pump runs. (8-12 hours a day is plenty)
  • Cover pool to keep water heated.
  • During Winter

  • Set thermostat to 68 degrees when home and to 55-68 degrees when not at home.
  • Use space heaters.
  • Use fireplace.
  • Open window coverings on the sunny side of your home to take advantage of free heat from the sun.
  • Close window coverings on cloudy days or right after the sun sets.

LOW-COST TIPS:

  • Use compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent ones.
  • Caulk windows and doors.
  • Weather-strip doors.
  • Install a hot water heater blanket.
  • Install hot water pipe insulation.
  • Install electrical outlet and switch plate insulation.
  • Plant trees and shrubs on the south and west side of your home.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Install low-flow shower heads & faucets.
  • Replace filters monthly.
  • Spray filters with a light coating of lemon furniture polish or vegetable oil cooking spray to help trap dirt in the filter.
  • Install programmable thermostats.
  • Schedule regular maintenance on your heating & cooling system.
  • Schedule regular cleaning of your home’s vents and ducts.
  • Plug electronics into power strips.

ADDED-COST TIPS:

  • Install floor and ceiling insulation.
  • Ventilate your attic.
  • Replace inefficient and single pane windows with energy-efficient multi-pane, thermally-broken, vinyl-framed windows.
  • Replace appliances with energy-efficient appliances.
  • Testing & sealing of duct work.
  • Replace coils.
  • Install ceiling fans in all bedrooms and family room.
  • Install window screens or films.
  • Add a solar heater for the water in your swimming pool.
  • Replace your furnace with a 90% or greater Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rated unit.
  • Replace your air conditioner with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER).
  • Replace water heater with a new gas water heater that has an Energy Factor (EF) rating of .62 or better.
  • Replace washer with a front-loading washer.