10 Ways to Reduce MN Heating and Cooling Costs
Did you know that the average Minnesota household spends more than $2,300 a year on energy bills? Your heating and cooling operating costs can account for more than half of that. Here are 10 Ways to Reduce MN heating and cooling costs.
Adjust your Thermostat
Consider a programmable thermostat, like a Nest, that will automatically adjust temps based past use. When used properly, it can save you money. Change the temperature so that your system runs less when no one is home or everyone is sleeping. A one degree difference can save you 1% for an 8 hour period.
Use your Windows
During the summer months, keep your blinds and curtains closed and use window treatments over large windows. Blocking the sun’s rays will make your home easier to cool and keep your air-conditioning system from running so often. During winter months, pull back curtains and open blinds to allow the sun to warm your home naturally. Close curtains on the shady side of the house
Change your Filters
Changing your furnace filters once a month can lower your energy consumption by 5-15% a year.
Keep Registers Clean
Remove obstacles around your registers to allow air to flow more freely.
Maintain your HVAC Equipment
Get tune ups on your HVAC equipment in the fall and spring to make sure everything is working as efficiently as it should.
Block your Fireplace
Warm air or cool air can leave through the fireplace opening if it is not properly sealed. Consider buying a fireplace balloon to seal off the chimney or use glass doors.
Only Heat or Cool Areas your are Using
Close off the registers to guest rooms and storage areas to direct conditioned air to the rooms you are actually using.
Lock your Windows and Doors
Locking door and windows creates a tighter seal. This eliminates leaks and drafts.
Seal your Leaks
Find leaks in your ductwork, vents, windows, and doors. Apply caulk, foam, or weather stripping to seal up the air leaks.
Green Certified Homes for Sale
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