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4 Small Changes to Cut Utility Costs

When there are changes in weather, be it summer or winter, there are going to be utility costs that are due sooner or later.

However, you don’t have to make big changes but small ones instead. Here are 4 small changes that will help you cut costs over a period of time:

#1: Close up leaks

When you inspect your home closely for any leaks that might happen, you’ll be surprised to see how many of them are around. Some of these places include foundation cracks, window frames and attic spaces.

#2: Watch your thermostat

Setting your thermostat at a particular temperature isn’t enough. You have to be sure that it is adjusted according to whether your home is occupied or not or even based on the temperature of the day. There’s no point turning it up when no one’s at home or even during the day when it’s warmer.

#3: Don’t push your HVAC unit to its limits

Some people raise the temperature of their HVAC unit when they’re on vacation while turning down the temperature when they return. This practice overtakes your HVAC unit causing it to freeze up. For this, ensure you increase or decrease the temperate only a few degrees up or down every hour. Also, if you’re one to open the windows at night, make sure the unit is turned completely off.

#4: Check your AC unit on the outside

Don’t forget about the AC unit on the outside. Better still, ensure that it is in the shade or has shrubs around it for greater efficiency. Ensure that nothing touches the AC unit as it will affect how the unit works as a whole.