Posts Tagged ‘Save Money’

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.

 

5 Energy Saving Secrets

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Receiving a high energy bill at the end of each month can be a real nail biter. We know the struggle and want to help! Here are five energy (and money) saving secrets you might not know:

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Change up your lights
Switching from traditional incandescent light bulbs to energy-efficient alternatives, you can spend a fraction of the cost lighting up your home. Whether it be CFL, LED, Halogen lights, either choice will last at least 3 to 10 times longer. LED lights are the most popular choice for U.S. homeowners today, so if you want to go with a safe option, this is a smart choice.

Alternate window treatments
By changing your drapes each season, you can lower the amount of heat and air you need. In the summer, choose heavy, blackout drapes to block the sun, and in winter, bring out the sheer curtains to allow more sunlight in.

Know your thermostats limits
In the winter, set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees, that way you save about 5 percent for every degree lower. And when the weather warms up, set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees in the summer.

Wash wisely
Wash only full loads of laundry in cold water and line-dry your clothes as much as possible to decrease excess use of electricity (plus this heats up your home in the summer). And don’t forget, when you washing up, don’t let the water run when you don’t need it.

Spend less on HVAC
That’s right! Heating and air makes up for nearly 56 percent of your household expenses – one of the biggest energy hogs at home. By choosing an energy efficient HVAC, you can significantly reduce the cost plus reduce carbon pollution.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we offer a wide array of home heating and cooling solutions to help you save money and energy. 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!

Secrets to Cutting Energy Costs

Friday, January 8th, 2016

This weekend is National Cut your Energy Costs Day! Looking to reduce your energy bill this winter without sacrificing comfort or convenience? The solution is simple!

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Load Your Washer Smartly – From the laundry machine to the dishwasher, there are many home appliances that can waste you money if you’re not efficient. To make the most of each cycle, fill the laundry machine with a large load each time and place all utensils where they’re designed to go. This way, you get the most of your cycle without needing to waste water scraping off extra residue.

Check Vents – It might sound silly, but sometimes homeowners can forget to open their vents, which prevents heat from circulating throughout your home. They might even be just slightly closed – be sure they’re completely open so that you’re not wasting heat.

Shut Off Electronics – Even if you set all your appliances to sleep mode, you can still drain energy, so make sure you shut off appliances and other electronic devices when you’re not using them. To make life a little easier, plug all your electronics into a powerstrip so you can turn everything off with one flick of a switch.

Increase Airflow – Got central heating at home? Unless you have a small living space, it can be tricky to properly heat up your entire home. Remember that hot air rises and that fans can help move the air around. Keeping tips such as these in mind can help you promote better airflow in your home and cut back on large expenses.

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If you’re looking to lower energy bills at home, then contact Leslie Heating and Cooling. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and have a number of resources that can help you prep your home for winter. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.

Why You Need Insulation in Your Home

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

During the cooler months, it’s easy to spend lots of money and energy on heating your home. But did you know there’s a simple solution to help you cut back on all of that? If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to insulate your home. Here’s why it works:

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Improves energy efficiency. There are a few areas in the home you will want to insulate: the attic, walls, floors, basement, and crawlspace (if you have one). When your living space is insulated, it acts as a blanket that keeps all the heat inside, helping your central heating system to slow down and not have to work as hard.

Lowers utility bills. The cost to heat your home is expensive. But when your home is energy efficient, you ultimately save money on your utility bills. The way insulation cuts costs is that it resists heat flow, acting as a barrier that keeps heat from escaping the room.

Creates more comfort. The less heat that escapes your living space, the more comfortable you will feel. Insulation essentially provides layers and layers of thermal blockage in your walls and floors, improving the overall level of comfort in a room and adding warmth when you need it most.

When you decide to add insulation to your home, call Leslie Heating and Cooling for a professional installation. There’s a wide variety of insulation choices out there, but we’re here to help you through the entire process from start to finish!

If you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency, lower billing costs, and feel more comfortable, then contact Leslie Heating and Cooling. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and have a number of resources that can help you prep your home for cooler weather. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.