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by Mario

Sometimes it feels as if the world is working against us, with rising energy prices and a growing dependency on electricity. The good news is that controlling energy costs isn’t difficult if you’re diligent.

Tips for Controlling Energy Costs

  • Opt for your fan – When it starts heating up outside, use a ceiling fan or floor fan to cool yourself off. It will use much less energy than running your air conditioner.
  • Replace light bulbs – This is a quick and easy fix. Traditional bulbs use a lot more energy than newer types like compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
  • Install a programmable thermostat – With a programmable thermostat, you can set the times when your heating and cooling equipment turns on and off. For additional control, pick up a WiFi model, which can be controlled through the Internet or your smartphone.
  • Tune up your HVAC equipment – Your heating and cooling equipment should be checked by an HVAC contractor once a year to ensure the highest energy efficiency.
  • Turn down the water heater – If your water heater is set above 120 degrees, you need to dial it down a bit. Trust us, you won’t notice the difference.
  • Seal air leaks – Invest in a little caulk and weatherstripping and tackle those air leaks. This can greatly increase the efficiency of your HVAC system.
  • Full loads only – Run the dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer only when you have full loads. Also, let your dishes air dry in lieu of the drying cycle.
  • Unplug appliances and devices – Many electronic devices like cell phone chargers, microwaves, Blu-ray players and TVs continue to use power even after you’ve turned them off. For easy control, plug them into power strips and turn the entire strip off when not in use.

For more expert advice on controlling energy costs, or any other home comfort concerns, contact Pacific Aire. We serve the HVAC needs of Southern Santa Barbara County and Ventura County and the surrounding areas.

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