Daylight saving is here. It’s the time we traditionally look forward to as it signals the start of summer with longer days and more sunshine. It can save more than just daylight; it can save you money on your energy bills! Check out the top 4 ways to save money on your energy bill during daylight saving time.
  1. Let the sunshine in.
    • As the temps warm up, there are so many reasons to open the curtains. One important one is it will save you money. Harness the heat and light from the sun by opening the blinds each day and, if the temps drop at night, closing them to reduce the chill.
  2. Timing is everything.
    • By installing a programmable thermostat to adjust heat and cooling temps when you are away versus when you’re at home, you can save serious money on your monthly energy bill. For example, you may modify your thermostat 10-15 degrees while you are at work for a savings in the neighborhood of 10 percent on your heating and cooling bills.
  3. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
    • Keeping your HVAC system working at its best has so much value including preventing an emergency (and costly) repair, ensuring the safety of your system and your home as well as attaining the highest efficiency and lowest utilities need.  A quality HVAC service provider will routinely check your system to make sure it’s running at its best and, ultimately, save you money on your energy bills.
  4. Adjust the temps on your water heater.
    • Turning the temps down on your hot water heater to the “warm” setting can have a real effect on the energy consumption in your home. In fact, the hot water heater soaks up about 18 percent of the energy consumed, so this small adjustment has a strong impact.
In 2008, Energy Department experts reported the extra four weeks of Daylight Saving Time saved approximately 0.5 percent in total electricity per day. While this may seem like a small amount overall, it could add up to big savings for your household this summer. When you need help with your HVAC system including ways to save money on your energy bill, Air Specialty, a leader in HVAC services for over 25 years in the Mobile-area, is here to help.  Start today with a customized preventive maintenance plan to ensure your system is running at optimal levels keeping your energy costs as low as possible. Contact one of our certified technicians to get a free consultation today.
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