Residential Money-Saving Tips
Who wants to save money on residential home heating and cooling? We know the answer is a resounding, “we do!” The geothermal professionals from Symbiont Service Corp in Englewood, Florida get asked all the time for residential money-saving tips and they’ve put together this list.
Investing in geothermal heating and cooling technology for your home is a great way to save money, be more environmentally friendly and have access to non-fossil fuel to heat and cool. When you have a geothermal system installed at your Florida home, it will be drawing on the steady underground temperatures and that provides savings and comfort.
Even if you haven’t installed a geothermal system at your residence, there are still a myriad of ways to stay cool (important in the humid days of summer in Florida) and also save money. No one should have to choose between comfort and cost.
Residential Money-Saving Tips
Some of these tips won’t cost you a cent and will save you money! It’s a win-win!
- Eliminate “phantom” energy usage. This is the cost you pay for leaving rarely-used appliances plugged in. Every electronic device (toaster, microwave, coffee maker, computer, television, etc.) consumes energy even if it’s not turned on or in use. Walk around your home and make note of electric items that are plugged in and think about when you used them last. Unplug, save money!
- Hot enough for ya’? You don’t want to sit in a house that is sweltering — it’s uncomfortable and unhealthy. Consider setting the thermostat to 72 degrees during the day instead of 70 degrees. You may not notice a difference in your comfort level, but you may notice savings on your monthly energy bill. Change the temperature by a degree at a time and leave it there for a week or so and see if you grow accustomed to it.
- Don’t leave fans on when you’re not home. Not only could the fan get knocked over by a rambunctious pet or something, it just isn’t doing anything to cool the room. Fans were designed to cool you — when you’re in the room. Creating a cross-breeze is one way that fans cool you, but if you’re not home, you’re just having fans run for no effect. you won’t come home to a home that is any cooler with the fan on than if you’d left it off AND you’re paying to have it run. When you’re home, turn on the fans to help circulate the air-conditioned air and to cool you when you’re in their path. Unplug the fans when not in use to save on the phantom energy costs.
- Turn off the lights. If you’re not in a room, turn off the lights. Better yet, install motion-activated lights that turn on when you enter the room and that you can program to turn off after a specific time of no movement in the room.
- Energy-efficient appliances are worth what you pay for them. You may pay more upfront for an energy efficient appliance, but you will save money over the life of the use of the client. Look for Energy Star rated equipment.
- Go with geothermal! The residential and commercial energy credits have been extended and help make the cost of this energy-efficient heating and cooling method more affordable. Read about the credits here. Also, ask us about the return on your investment with the installation of a geothermal system.
At Symbiont Services, we take pride in our commitments to our customers and to the environment. We are NATE-certified HVAC professionals who would be happy to help you enhance your home’s comfort while making it more energy-efficient.
We educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
Symbiont Service Corp. serves Englewood, Florida and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.