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How to Save Energy and Money on Heating and Cooling Your Home

As a homeowner, you spend more than $2,200 on average every year on energy bills, says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Typically, more than 50% of that goes to heating and cooling your home. That means green house gases and money going up the chimney, some of it unnecessarily.

With a little effort and a few simple changes you can reduce the energy your household uses and with it your home's carbon footprint and save some of the hard-earned dollars you spend on heating and cooling your home.

What you can do
There's plenty you can do:

  • Improve your home's insulation
  • Maintain your heating and cooling equipment properly
  • Upgrade or replace your equipment with newer, far more energy-efficient equipment.
  • Be mindful of the way you use energy in your home. Set thermostats a little lower in winter and a little higher in summer.
  • Use heat from the sun to help warm your home naturally. Raise the blinds and open draperies on sunny cool days to passively collect solar energy.
  • Shade sunny-side windows in summer to keep out the heat.
  • Open windows and doors when conditions permit for natural ventilation, heating and cooling.

Some of these things cost just a little and result in immediate savings and an immediate positive impact on the planet. Others cost more, may take years to pay back their initial cost, and have a far greater effect on your share of greenhouse gases.

A good rule of thumb is to do what you can now to reduce energy and costs, while researching more substantial changes you can make later.

You may have heard or read some of these tips before. That's okay, they bear repeating. Other of this information will be new. All these tips and more are available in a free EPA publication, "A Guide to Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling." You can download it from the EPA website or download it right here on the Taco site.