Heating and Cooling use the most energy in an average household, approximately 45%! To reduce this energy usage, consider the following tips.
Check your ceiling and walls have insulation – install or repair as required.
Seal around door jambs and windows to reduce air leaks and draughts
Incorporate passive solar design in your home. Capture the energy from the winter sun and avoid capturing the sun’s energy in summer. Use cross-flow ventilation on summer nights to let trapped hot air out.
Can you use a fan instead of the air conditioner? Fans are far more economical.
If using the air conditioner for cooling, set the thermostat to 25 degrees or higher. Every degree higher will save you up to another 10% in cooling costs
When heating set the thermostat to 20 degrees or lower, every degree lower can save another 5-10% in heating costs
Wear clothing that is most appropriate for the temperature
By implementing these tips you will be on the path to seeing your power bill go down rather than up!