This time of year it is hard to not crank up the A/C and run the ceiling fans full blast, not to mention having to water the grass, flowers and a garden if you have one. Utility bills can quickly skyrocket and take away money meant for fun things. So, how do you prevent your “fun” money from being swallowed up into utility bills? It is easier than you may think…
1) Use surge protectors to your benefit – If something is plugged in, it is using electricity even if it is not turned on. If you leave your toaster plugged in, but you are not using it, it is still running up your bill. Same for lamps, cell phone chargers, computer, baby monitors… the list goes on and on. A quick fix is to plug multiple things into a surge protector and turn it off when you are away from home and no longer need those items to produce electricity.
2) Use a programmable thermostat – this is a tricky one because lots of people HAVE programmable thermostats, they just don’t know how to use them. It is the same thing as having a car with a manual transmission and not knowing how to drive it. Yes, you do have a car, but what good is it if you can’t go anywhere? If you learn how to program your thermostat so that it is not as cool while you are away and a little cooler when you get home, it can save you around 10% a year on your heating and cooling costs.
3) Seal Leaks – Every home has areas that need a little caulk here and there, especially around doors and windows. Caulk is fairly inexpensive and a pretty easy do-it-yourself fix, so check your home for areas where warm air is getting in and your cool air is escaping.
Another tip to saving that is not a quick fix, but has long term value is to add more trees around your home. The more shade your home has the cooler it will feel. Remember to change your filters and give Carmine’s a call at 203-791-8089 if you are having any problems with you’re A/C or plumbing.