Posts Tagged ‘Money Saving Tips’

10 Tips for Cutting Cooling Costs

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Cranking the AC isn’t the only way to stay cool this summer. With a few inexpensive gadgets and a little strategic planning, you can feel cool all summer long and save your energy bill in the process. You can check out the entire list of suggestions here, or look at our top picks below.

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Seal air leaks and drafts around windows and door frames. Spending just a little on new caulking can go a long way with your energy bill.

Keep drapes closed during the day to block the sun, then open them at night to expel any lingering indoor heat.

Install heat-reflecting films to your blinds or shades and keep your house even cooler, all while reducing glare.

Avoid using hot appliances, like dryers, ovens and stove tops. Instead, embrace the great outdoors this season by barbecuing more often and hanging your clothes outside to dry.

Run ceiling fans the right way. Set your fans to rotate counterclockwise to make everyone in the room feel an estimated 4 degrees cooler.

Use attic fans to suck hot air out of the top of your house and pull cool air in from outdoors.

Choose cotton T-shirts, dresses, tank tops and bed sheets. Cotton is one of the most breathable and cooling fabrics, so incorporate it into your everyday wear as often as possible.

Maintain your AC units by cleaning and changing the filter regularly. Clogged filters make your unit work harder than it needs to and drive up energy costs.

Attach window awnings above South and West facing windows to cut your home’s solar heat gain by more than 60%.

Program your thermostat a few degrees higher during times when no one is home. It saves you the hassle of always adjusting the thermostat and keeps your AC running efficiently.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready to help you with any of your air conditioning repair, maintenance or programmable thermostat needs. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and is here for all of your emergency needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To learn even more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

 

Becoming More Energy Conscious

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

A green home is a happy home! Whether it’s saving money or saving energy, knowing that you’re making a difference for your finances and in the community is a major reason many homeowners are learning what it means to be energy conscious.

Saving energy and money comes with even the smallest efforts. We encourage you to consider these conservation tips for a healthier lifestyle and environment:

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  1. Install a programmable thermostat to control the heating and cooling in all areas of your home whether you’re home or not.
  2. Only turn the dishwasher on once it’s fully loaded and consider air drying your dishes instead of leaving them in for a drying cycle.
  3. Unplug home electronics when you know you’ll be away for a while. This includes your laptops, lamps, TVs, DVD players, radio clocks, and appliances.
  4. Take shorter showers (or better yet, baths) and opt for a low-flow showerhead.
  5. Swap out your incandescent bulbs for LED lights instead.
  6. If you’re making a quick stop at a local store this summer, consider riding your bike or walking instead of taking the car.
  7. Look for an energy efficient HVAC unit to save energy and money during both the coldest and hottest seasons of the year.

If you’re looking to make greener upgrades to your home, turn to Leslie Heating and Cooling! We offer a wide array of home heating and cooling solutions to help you save money and energy as well as programmable thermostats for additional savings.

To learn more about these services and more, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website. And don’t forget, we are just a phone call away for any and all of your emergency needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Home Upgrades that Save You Money

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

One of the worst feelings a homeowner can have is the shock of opening a high utility bill at the end of each month. Oftentimes we move into a home with an HVAC system we don’t know much about (except maybe the brand name). But when it comes to saving money, efficiency is key. That being said, here are three home upgrades that can help you cut back on spendings:

Insulation
Part of the reason you’re spending too much money on energy bills is likely because your home is not insulated properly. And what that means is that the heat you provide your home with is going to waste. Heat tends to travel from warm spots to cooler ones, which means that during winter, the heat you need to warm up your home is actually moving towards cooler spaces, like the basement or the garage. The good news is that this loss of heat can significantly be saved by proper insulation. Spots you’ll want to insulate include the attic, basement, and crawlspaces.

Efficient Furnace
When your furnace is way past its lifespan or needs constant repairs, it might be time for an upgrade. An efficient furnace is crucial to keeping your home warm and saving money. But of course, like any household system, your furnace needs proper upkeep and maintenance. Combine a top notch furnace and regular maintenance and you’ll be relieved to open your next utility bill.

Zoning System
One of the most efficient ways to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system is to invest in a zone control system. Whether you choose forced air zone control or hydronic zone controls, you can expect to see a major decrease in monthly spendings. Why? Because with the technology of a zoning system, you can take charge of the temperature in each room. Meaning, you don’t need to waste energy heating a room that you don’t use.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we offer zoning systems, insulation services, and offer only top notch furnaces. To learn more about these home upgrades and more, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website. And don’t forget, we are just a phone call away for any and all of your emergency needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!