Energy saving advice to trim heating & cooling costs

My local part experiences several distinct seasons… Each season brings odd weather extremes, then the temperature fluctuates between twenty-5 degrees below zero & up into the nineties.

Every one of us deal with record levels of snowfall, brutal windchill, torrential rains, high winds, excessive humidity & even chilly rain, then for most of the year, it’s necessary to rely on either heating or cooling inside the home, and since heating & cooling accounts for approximately half of the household energy consumption, conservation is a priority, but i strive to both trim Heating & Air Conditioning running costs & minimize our carbon footprint.

I take proactive strategies to eliminate energy waste, lessen demand on the gas furnace & A/C & optimize comfort. Every fall, I hire a licensed Heating & Air Conditioning professional to problemshoot the gas furnace. He comes back in the Springtime to inspect the A/C. Tightening electrical linkions, lubricating moving parts, resolving problems & eliminating any buildup of debris within the inner workings promotes more dependable & efficient component operation. I keep up with air filter changes & make sure no furniture blocks the supply & return vents. In the summer, I close the curtains to prevent the sunshine glaring inside & heating up the house. In the winter, I open the drapes in the middle of the day to welcome the sunshine in. I have installed overhead fans to prevent heat from the gas furnace from rising up to the ceiling & only falling back down when it cools. The fans push the heat down toward the floor during colder weather, & by reversing the direction of the blades, encourage the heat up & out during warmer weather. Every now & then, I take a walk around the outside of the cabin & seal up any cracks with caulk. I’ve improved the level of insulation in the walls, ceiling & attic & have the duct system professional inspected every few years.

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