Saving energy not only reduces your costs but helps the environment. Here are 6 energy savings tips to help you lower utility bills: 1. Install a digital setback thermostat. These thermostats allow you to program your thermostat to different temperatures at different times of the day, allowing you greater energy savings. This enables you to have the temperature in your home automatically change at the scheduled times that you are away so that you’re not heating or cooling the home as much when you are not in it but it will automatically bring your home to your comfort level at the scheduled time (like shortly before you return home). There’s no reason to spend money keeping your house toasty warm in the winter or cool in the summer when you’re not there, right? 2. Install an attic ventilator. The ventilator will allow the hot air in the attic to circulate outside of the home while delivering cooler air from outside which takes some of the work off of your air conditioner. This will help reduce cooling costs and allow for faster cooling of your home. 3. Determine if additional air returns are appropriate for your system. Some systems are not optimized for the best air return which can reduce airflow, cause a need for more repairs to the system, potentially reduce the system’s life, and contribute to higher utility bills. 4. Use compact fluorescent lights. These last up to 10 times longer and use approximately 75% less energy than standard bulbs. They allow you to replace bulbs less while saving money. 5. Keep curtains or blinds closed during the day, particularly on the south and/or west side of the house. The more heat you allow in your home, the more your air conditioner works to keep you cool. In the wintertime, the sun can be your friend so open blinds and curtains during the day to allow the sun to naturally give your home a little more heat. 6. For even more energy savings, unplug electronics that are not actively being used. This includes cell phone chargers, DVD players, and VCRs. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy-saving tips and other HVAC topics, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.