Stretch Your Dollar: Tips to bring down energy bill costs

Stretch Your Dollar

The dog days of summer are here and you’re probably feeling it in your energy bill. According to the United States Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home makes up early half of your home’s energy. We are stretching your dollar with tips to bring down your costs. 

It’s summer time!

Chances are you’re running the air conditioner around the clock just to stay comfortable. 

If the cost of cooling off in the middle of summer has you sweating, we have your covered. 

Besides keeping the AC at 78 degrees Fahrenheit, here are three tips to keep cooling costs low.

First is change the filters. 

This is likely the easiest air conditioning maintenance you can do and yet it’s not done often enough.

Second, clean the coils on the outside unit. 

This is especially important if you don’t cover because dirt, mud and debris can clog up the unit and make it work sluggishly. 

Also, make sure the concrete slab is level. If it’s not, the unit will work harder to keep your house cool.

Third, check the ductwork leaks. 

Sealing leaky ducts can lead to major savings on cooling and heating. 

Experts say look for disconnected joints, separated pieces and small holes in the ductwork.

You can seal them yourself or hire a professional. 

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