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How Can I Tell If My Energy Costs Are Higher than They Have to Be?

Here’s how you can make the most of your green energy costs.

Energy Efficiency

In addition to a using a green energy system to heat and cool your home, there are a few simple tricks and minor adjustments to the way you operate your appliances that can help drive your energy costs down. Learning how to maximize green energy will help you and your family to stay comfortable while you save money.

Here are some ways you can make the most of green energy:

Understand the Efficiency of a Geothermal System

According to the EPA, geothermal systems can save 40 to 70 percent on home heating and 30 percent on home cooling costs over conventional systems. Geothermal systems provide year round efficient heating and air conditioning for your home by using the earth as a heat source during the winter, and conversely as a cooling source during the summer.

Keep Your Vents Open and Clean

If you have central air conditioning and/or heat, check the vents in your home. Some may be closed. Your vents also use air filters to keep dirt, dust, and other unwanted debris from blowing throughout your home. Those filters should be replaced monthly or they'll prevent ideal airflow.

Promote Better Airflow in Your Home

Trapping the right temperature in your home often requires little more than good airflow. Fans don't cool or heat the air, but they do move it around. When air in your home circulates properly, it's easier to maintain an even temperature and that means less work for your heating/cooling system.

Position the fans so they move the air in the direction you want it to go. If you have a ceiling fan, running it in the correct direction makes this easy. When it's hot, the fan should spin counter-clockwise to push the hot air up and out. When the weather turns cold, the fan should spin clockwise to trap heat inside. You'll often find a switch on your ceiling fan to choose a direction.

For more information on geothermal heat pumps and green energy, contact an experienced HVAC professional at Morelli Heating and Air Conditioning.

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