How to Save Money This New Year, All Year Long
Posted on 3rd January 2017 by FM Mechanical Ltd
2017 is well underway, and while some resolutions may have already been broken there are some which are worth seeing through to the end. The growing focus on sustainability is inspiring more and more homeowners to improve the efficiency of their households, and in this article we’re looking at some of the things you can do to follow suit, to help you save a nice bundle as the year goes on.
Install a programmable thermostat
You can reduce the amount of heat loss in your property by giving yourself much more control over your heating and air conditioning. A more modern, programmable thermostat allows you to set when you want your heating/air conditioning to turn on or off, and for how long. This means you can heat and cool your home more consistently, making it easier to reduce energy loss from heating an unoccupied home, for example.
A smart thermostat takes this one step further, allowing you to take control from your smartphone. So even if you forget to turn the air conditioning off, or have left the heating on by accident, you won’t have to wait until you get home to sort things out – you can save energy and money no matter where you are!
Repair or update air conditioning units
If you’ve noticed that your air conditioning unit isn’t working as well as it used to, or you think you could be getting something more efficient for your money, it’s a good idea to look into making repairs or replacements to stand you in better stead.
Left untouched, air conditioning faults can have a prolonged effect on the performance of your unit. They will become less reliable, and will begin to use more energy in order to provide sufficient cooling or heating for your home. Repair these faults now to ensure your unit is running as efficiently as possible.
Many older air conditioning units are less efficient than energy-saving modern models, and will provide you with diminishing returns to run. Check the efficiency rating of your current unit and seek professional advice to find a replacement that runs more efficiently. This will save you money in the long term, as you save much more energy to run the unit day-by-day.
LED light bulbs
One of the most effective ways to save energy and money in your home is to replace your current lightbulbs with energy-saving LED bulbs. While incandescent bulbs have been phased out of use, there are still many homes that could be enjoying greater level of efficiency than they currently have. Halogen bulbs are commonly used, due to their cheaper up-front cost, but they are typically much less efficient than LED bulbs, which provide fantastic lighting without sucking power.
You’ll see a dramatic reduction in energy usage with an all LED home; they might be a tad pricey to begin with, but the long term investment will save you money for years to come.
Unplug or turn off unused items
A great habit to get into is to monitor what is and isn’t plugged in at any time throughout your home. The cost of constantly running your appliances will add up quickly, so if you’re in the habit of leaving a TV, computer or games console switched on when you’re not at home or not actively using it, take the extra time to power them down instead. And for items you only use semi-regularly, unplug them entirely until it’s time to use them again. The little things help, and keeping an eye on your electrical appliances will help to lower that electricity bill in the future.
Regular air con maintenance
Once your air conditioner has been repaired or replaced, a regular maintenance routine will help to keep it running efficiently throughout its lifespan. Professional air conditioning maintenance will prevent faults from developing in your unit, meaning you won’t have to worry about forking out regularly for costly repairs. Much like regular servicing for your car, it helps to keep your unit in top condition at all times, instead of waiting for things to go wrong. A healthy, efficient air conditioning unit will save you much more money than a damaged or unreliable one, so talk to your installer today to arrange a maintenance schedule that works for you.
FM Mechanical Ltd are proud to be a leading supplier of air conditioning systems to domestic and commercial customers throughout the Yorkshire area. Our experienced team are on hand to deal with any emergency or necessary repairs, and are able to provide regular maintenance to your air con unit to keep it in the best shape possible. For more information on all of our services, get in touch with us today.