How to Save Energy at Home

Posted on November 25, 2013

Saving energy at home has never been more important than it is today. The government is especially pushing for a more energy-efficient America by offering rebates for homeowners who are actively making changes in their lifestyle to save energy and help the environment.

At General Air Conditioning, we are also committed to making sure that homeowners are being as energy-efficient with their central AC and heating as possible. Although the best energy-saving program will differ for each home, we wanted to highlight two products that are straightforward energy-saving additions to any home.


Programmable Thermostats

If you do not already have a programmable thermostat, we recommend that you consider one. A programmable thermostat is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to save money on your home air conditioning and heating. Energy Star estimates that on average, homes that use a programmable thermostat save around $180 or more a year on their energy bill. This is not big surprise, as a thermostat can control over half of all of your home’s energy and program them to automated schedules that will improve comfort and energy costs.

Thermostats are easy to set up, and have multiple daily settings you can use. In the winter, set your thermostat to lower your home 10-15 degrees when you are sleeping or out of the home, and you can save 5-15% on your utility bill, and vice versa is true in the summer.


Green Fiber Cellulose Insulation

Green Fiber Cellulose Insulation is a sustainable and environmentally friendly insulation product made from plant fiber that can help improve insulation in your home. Improper insulation in a home can reduce comfort, and raise energy bills as all of your heated or cooled air escapes throughout your home.

But adding insulation, your home air conditioning or heating can work less as the insulation keeps your home temperatures steadier for longer. Cellulose insulation has many other benefits, such as acting as a fire retardant, noise reducer, and qualifier for a federal tax credit worth up to $500 on heating and cooling

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