Seven Energy Wasters in Your Home (1)

by The Real Estate Faction on December 16, 2010

HVAC Systems


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“If you really want to cut back on your energy use, you need to focus on heating and cooling your home,” Vargas says. That’s because these two categories combined account for 46% of your overall electric bill. While most homeowners can’t afford a complete overhaul of their homes’ heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, some changes can increase energy efficiency and include:

• Installing a programmable thermostat, which lets you set temperatures for specific times of day. These devices can save about $180 each year on energy costs.

• Change air filters regularly. The harder your HVAC unit has to work, the more energy it eats away. Filters should really be changed out monthly, especially during the summer and winter months when the HVAC unit has a heavy workload. If you find this tedious, EnergyStar suggests changing filters a minimum of every three months.

• Seal your heating and cooling ducts, especially those running through the attic, crawlspace, unheated basement or garage, as that improves the efficiency of your HVAC unit by as much as 20%.

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