Mid-Carolina Electric encourages our members to use energy wisely. Understanding how much energy the appliances or equipment in your home use will help you conserve energy. On average, over half the energy a home uses in a year is for heating and cooling. While the HVAC system may be the piece of equipment consuming the energy, the insulation and air tightness of the home influence how much the unit runs.
HEATING AND COOLING
Below are some tips to help your HVAC system run more efficiently and last longer.
- Set the thermostat to 78 in the summer and 68 in the winter.
- Upgrade to a programmable thermostat if possible. Here are some examples of how to make that thermostat work for you during the On-Peak period.
- Change the filter(s) on a regular basis, usually once a month during the heating and cooling season.
- Check attic insulation, and add insulation if you have less than R-30. R-30 is usually about 8-10 inches depending on the type of insulation.
- Make sure all supply registers and returns are not blocked or closed off.
- Make sure windows and doors are properly weather-stripped.
- Have your HVAC system serviced once a year by a qualified technician.
Water heating is typically the second largest energy user in a home. Reducing the amount of hot water you use can save you money.
- Make sure the water heater is set to 120 degrees.
- Drain a few gallons from the bottom of the tank each year to remove sediment build up.
- Insulate exposed hot water lines.
- Install low-flow shower heads.
- Fix dripping faucets or leaks immediately.
OTHER WAYS TO CONSERVE ENERGY
There are many other things that can use a lot of energy that you may not consider. If you have a well pump, make sure that it is operating correctly. Pool pumps use quite a bit of power and should be installed with a timer to help control run times. To see more ways to save click here or view 101 Ways to Save.
Mid-Carolina also offers energy audits to help identify the best ways to save and the most cost effective measures to take. If you would like to know more about the energy you use or to schedule an energy audit, please call us at 803-749-6400 or visit http://homeefficiency.togetherwesave.com/ for an online energy audit.