August 18th, 2009 2:23 PM by Korene L Clopine-Seaman
You all know that I live in sunny "but it is a dry heat" Arizona. Some of this may not be exactly the same where you live but it is always good sense to save money where possible. ... Try it, you will like these ideas as you put the cool cash in your pocket.
Heating and air conditioning usually represent the biggest portion of home energy bills. As we head into the hottest part of the year, here are some ideas from author and home improvement expert Don Vandervort that will help you stay cool...and save money in the long run:
Get 'In the Zone': Creating heating and cooling zones that let parts of your house become warmer and cooler than other parts is a great way to save both energy and money. If your home has a ducted system and wasn't originally designed with a zone system in mind, you can have a professional install a series of motorized dampers in certain ducts that will create a zone effect.
Install Room Air-Conditioning Units: If your family spends a majority of time in one room or area of your home, like the family room or TV room, you can install a window unit or portable unit in that room and use that unit for part of the day instead of turning on your central air conditioning. You can always turn your central air conditioner on for those times of the day when your family is dispersed throughout the house.
Install Ceiling Fans: The latest technology means that ceiling fans achieve better air circulation and can now help you save as much as 30% on your energy bill. Be sure to look for the Energy Star designation for energy efficiency.
Inspect Your Ductwork: Recent research has shown that central heating and cooling systems that use ductwork can lose as much as 50% of their energy through leaks. It is important to have your ductwork inspected by a contractor every three years to make sure your system is operating at maximum efficiency.
Install Heat-Recovery Ventilators (HRVs): Not only do HRVs get rid of air contaminants like odors, dust, and mold, they also grab much of the cold or heat from the outgoing air and recycle it back into your home with the incoming fresh air. These units are especially helpful if your home is tightly sealed.
For even more great home tips and ways to save this summer season, visit www.hometips.com.