The following tips
are just helpful general tips for homeowners and
1. On fluorescent light
fixtures change the bulbs once a year. Fluorescent
bulbs gradually diminish in output, which puts a
strain on the ballast and reduces the life of the
fixture. This also results in reduction in quality
If you have an outdoor fixture that is on 12
hours a night with a 100 watt bulb - you can save
from $25 to $50 annually just by changing it to a
compact fluorescent at 25 watts.
Use ceiling fans in your home. They can help
reduce heating and air conditioning cost by
circulating the air.
Attic fans can also help save you in air
Install a programmable thermostat to control
heating and air conditioning. This can save you
money as well as provide additional comfort and
Protect all your electronic equipment with surge
protectors including your TV, Stereo, DVD and VHS
Beware of the dangers of aluminum wiring. If you
have any in your home be especially aware of
flickering lights or devices working intermittently.
Call a licensed electrician immediately if you
encounter this problem and shut the power off to
affected areas if at all possible. Also be sure you
have working smoke detectors.
Never run extension cords under carpets or rugs.
Replace frayed or worn extension cords and replace
broken or damaged plugs on appliances.
Check your attic, attic stairway, attached garage
walls and basement to make sure your home is
insulated to DOE-recommended levels for your
geographic area. When inspecting and buying home
insulation products, look for the R-value. The
higher the R-value, the greater the insulating
Call Air and Electrical Services today to schedule
your spring air conditioning and your winter heating
Hire Air and Electrical Services to seal and
insulate leaky ducts, and to ensure that the airflow
distribution system serving your equipment is
operating at peak efficiency.
Changing the filters monthly is the single most
important thing you can do to protect your system.
You can use you power bill or phone bill as a
Install a programmable thermostat. You can save
money by keeping your house warmer than normal when
you're out, and keeping the setting at 78 F when
Install drapes, shades, blinds or another window
covering. Keeping them closed during the day blocks
the sun and the heat from the sun's rays.
Increase your attic insulation. Many older homes
were built using the bare minimum. The added
insulation will save more than the initial cost in
the long run.
Consider replacing single-pane windows with
double-pane windows with high-performance glass.
Look for low-emissivity (low-e) or spectrally
selective glass. In warmer climates, select windows
with spectrally selective coatings to reduce heat
gain. In colder climates, select windows that are
gas filled with low-e coatings on the glass to
reduce heat loss.
Prune back shrubs and remove debris, like grass and
leaves, that may block airflow to your air
Plant a tree. Landscaping is a natural way to shade
your home. Well-placed trees and shrubs not only
deliver shade, but also add value to your property.
Shade room air conditioners from direct sun to
reduce their workload. Clean the filters once a
month and replace them as necessary to promote
energy efficiency. Raise the setting when you go out
to reduce operating costs.