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15 Ways to Save Energy at Home This Summer Courtesy of Your Friends at Approved Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning

  1. Shut all exterior doors and window tightly when the air conditioning is on. Maximize your savings by switching off kitchen and bath exhaust fans.
  2. Keep an eye on your A/C filters. Change or clean them at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
  3. Block the sun from overheating your home. Use shades, blinds and drapes to beat the heat indoors and awnings, trees and shrubs outdoors.
  4. Check that your A/C has a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of 15. Not only will your A/C be more efficient, but you could also be eligible for a rebate of up to $300.
  5. Make the savings automatic. Switching your thermostat to the ‘auto’ setting will save you money. Leaving it in the ‘on’ position jacks up your energy bill by running air constantly.
  6. Use ceiling fans. Although they only use about as much energy as a standard light bulb, ceiling fans can make you feel three to four degrees cooler, which is a lot in the dead of summer.
  7. Insulate your walls. Injected foam insulation will keep hot air outside and ensure you stay cool all summer long.
  8. Redecorate. Hang lighter colored curtains that allow in the sun’s light but blocks its heat. Brighter shades of house paint will also reflect the sun’s rays.
  9. Close unused air vents. If you’ve got central A/C, make sure you close air vents in unused rooms so you’re not paying to cool them.
  10. Open your interior doors. Allow the cool air from your A/C to move freely throughout your home.
  11. Tune up your A/C. An inefficient unit can send your monthly energy bills sky high. Doing this could also qualify you for a substantial Progress Energy rebates.
  12. Insulate your attic. R-30 rated insulation will seal off any cracks, holes or pores in your attic and ensure your cool air doesn’t escape through its roof, walls or windows.
  13. Make a habit of changing or cleaning your A/C filters. You’ll need to do this at least once a month to keep your A/C running at peak performance.
  14. Repair leaky ducts. Doing so will allow you to save on your energy bill while making sure you are enjoying the full capabilities of your A/C system.
  15. Plant trees. Putting in some leafy shade trees can protect the sunny side of your house from getting too hot.

 

 

Even though the time for air conditioner use has long since passed, if you’re thinking of replacing your heating system, it might be a good idea to consider doing the same for your cooling system. If they are both close in age, need constant repairs, or have just been acting a little out of the ordinary, it’s probably time they were updated. Replacing your systems will make them run more reliably and efficiently, while also making it more cost-efficient for you.

Paying for your new complete Nicor system replacement will also be cost-efficient with these rebate offers:

  • Installing a high-efficiency furnace with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 92% and a central air conditioner with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 14.5, gets you a rebate of $700
  • A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 92% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 16 receives $800 rebate
  • A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 95% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 14.5 receives $800 rebate
  • A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 95% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 16 receives $900 rebate
  • A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 97% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 14.5 receives $900 rebate
  • A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 97% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 16 receives $1,000 rebate