Cutting Energy Costs With Simple Steps
The latest cold snap is another reason to take a quick look around the house to make sure your home is energy efficient.
As usual, the biggest culprit for a high power bill might be the thermostat.
"Small changes in making your home cooler can really save a lot," says Jason Walls, district manager for Duke Energy here in Asheville.
"We keep ours at 62 during the day," he tells us. "But what we have found is that with slippers and a blanket when you're sitting around the home, it's comfortable."
"Something else you can do, by opening up your blinds in the middle of the day, letting that radiant heat from the sun into your home allows it to be more comfortable," he explains. "It also allows your HVAC system to work that much easier."
Ceiling fans are another cash saver.
"It'll actually keep the hot air down where the folks are in your home," Walls says.
He also reminds us to make sure air filters are changed regularly. Simple things you've probably heard before can cut back energy consumption.
"Simple weather stripping, weather stripping that you apply on inside of the door, can certainly go a long way in keeping those cold drafts where they're supposed to be and the heat where it's supposed to be," he adds.
You can get a personalized energy report from Duke Energy online. The company says that report will include customized recommendations for saving energy.
Customers can also have their HVAC systems checked for efficiency by experts through their Home Energy Improvement program.
Walls says often, a simple walk around your house does wonders.
"Make sure you're taking all those basic steps you can to keep the warm air in your house."