Here are a few ways you can save money on your home heating and cooling costs:
Check your air filter monthly and change the filter at least every three months. Dirty filters make your system work harder to heat and cool your home.
Schedule a yearly tune up and inspection for each of your systems. Heating systems should be inspected in the fall; cooling systems in the spring. This will ensure that your systems will be running at peak efficiency and are ready to go when you need them.
Install a programmable thermostat. Homeowners may be able to save up to $180 each year by installing and properly setting a programmable thermostat. Homeowners out of the house on a regular basis can benefit most.
Seal and insulate air ducts. Large amounts of energy can be lost through cracks in air ducts and by uninsulated ductwork.
If your heating equipment is over ten years old, consider upgrading to ENERGY STAR qualified equipment. You may be able to save hundreds of dollars each year with more efficient heating and cooling systems.