How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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This post was sponsored through our partnership with Trane. All thoughts are my own.

Since becoming a homeowner, almost 6 years ago, I’ve learned a lot about making our home efficient. We moved into a home that wasn’t very efficient and many things needed to be replaced/upgraded. Of course you don’t realize these things until after you have lived there.

We’ve made a lot of small changes around the home; they have made a big difference in my family’s comfort level and the cost of our gas and electric bills. 

The first thing we did after moving in was replace all windows in our home. The summer time was brutal in our living room; every ounce of the sun’s rays poured into our house and it was hot. We also replaced our garage doors with insulted steel doors, replaced our AC/Furnace and installed ceiling fans into every room of our house.

I thought we were covered..

We recently took part in a home energy efficiency analysis, conducted by Trane Comfort Specialists – Apex Heating & Air Conditioning, and welcomed them into our home to tell us what we were doing right, wrong and what changes we could make to improve our home’s efficiency. I’ve never had this done before; it was quite an experience to learn so much about our home!

Keep reading for tips that were shared with us on how to make your home more efficient. Our Home Energy Efficiency Analysis - Tips to Make Your Home More Efficient

Ceiling Fans & Winter Settings

The layout of our house is a split-level, upstairs and basement. The two main rooms up stairs, living room and kitchen, are both featured with tall vaulted ceilings. While vaulted ceilings make our rooms feel larger, they are horrible for maintaining temperature.

The pros at Apex Heating & Air Conditioning told us, on vaulted ceilings like ours, you should never use the winter settings on your ceiling fans. This is the first thing we were doing wrong. Flat ceilings in your home should use the winter settings and vaulted ceilings should remain on the summer setting at the lowest speed. 

Our Home Energy Efficiency Analysis - Tips to Make Your Home More Efficient

Insulation in the Fireplace?

We have a double-sided fireplace that is never used in our home. We have no plans to use the fireplace. In the wintertime, the damper inside of your fireplace can leak cold air into your home so we were told to place fiberglass insulation up into the chimney. No one will ever see it and it will help prevent drafts into your home. *

Note!! Only do this if you have a fireplace that isn’t being used, this is not recommended for fireplaces that are used during the winter as the insulation will catch fire!

Other great tips offered from the pros

  • Windows – Use curtains on the windows located on the west side of your home and tint them to provide extra protection from the sun’s heat
  • Door Seals – Check the gaskets around your doors and make sure there are no gaps. If you see peaks of daylight coming in, then it’s probably time to replace them.
  • Attic Fans – They are wonderful in the spring and Fall months, but in the Winter they can bring a draft into your home. Cover attic fans with plastic during the winter months to prevent cold air from coming in.
  • Programmable Thermostats – If you are dropping the temperature in your home while away, make sure you are decreasing the temperature at least 4 degrees in the Summer time for a minimum of 3 hours. In the wintertime, there should be a 15-degree difference for a minimum of 3 hours. Anything less than that, then you are losing money.
  • Furnace Filters – Make sure you are using furnace filters with pleats in them, not flat. They help to move the air better through your home. 

Our Home Energy Efficiency Analysis - Tips to Make Your Home More Efficient
Like I told you above, we recently replaced our AC/Furnace unit and thought we were doing good! There were a few things that we missed.

Maintenance

Your AC and Furnace should be maintenance every year, at a minimum of every other year. Since being injured this summer, I haven’t gotten out back much. Our beds were over grown with weeds and blocking flow on our AC unit. Clear away debris from your units!

Also, we thought our AC unit was looking pretty good, but the back of the unit said another story. Since we have not done maintenance on our unit, the back of our AC was covered in dirt that wasn’t cleaned out by the rain. We lost 1/3 ton of our efficiency during the summer months.

I have a phone call going into Apex Heating & Air Conditioning on Monday to change this!

Hopefully, some of these tips help you out like they did for us. 

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216 thoughts on “How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

  • June 5, 2017 at 10:43 am
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    Great tips! I had no clue about the 15-degree difference in winter, so I'll definitely have to see how that affects my bill when it cools down again. Thanks for sharing! Reply
  • March 24, 2016 at 2:16 pm
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    The sun really heats up our house during the summer, and the west side is definitely the biggest culprit, like you mention. We have blinds and curtains, but I have often felt like there was something more we had to be able to do. I'll have to look into getting our windows tinted, because that might be the extra boost we need to keep our house cool this summer. Reply
  • January 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm
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    We had to do a lot of things to the house we are in now to make it more efficient. The one thing we haven't done yet is your fireplace suggestion, thanks for sharing! Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm
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    Insulating the fireplaces. That would be very helpful for us. Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm
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    Thanks for the giveaway… Insulation in the Fireplace: this is a great, often overlooked, idea for those who never use their fireplace(s) ! Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm
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    I never knew that folded was better than flat for the furnace. Good to know for this upcoming winter. Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm
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    I thought the tips were interesting. I didn't know that pleated furnace filters are better for air flow. Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm
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    I think it was interesting that cleaning the back of the air conditioning made such a big difference!! Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 6:55 pm
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    The vaulted ceiling fans was important to us as we did not know the difference Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 6:49 pm
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    You should make to replace the filters every year. Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm
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    i found it interesteing that ac maintenance should be every year. i would have thought less frequently but that is good to know Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm
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    I didn't know that information about vaulted ceiling and ceiling fans. Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 3:04 pm
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    I like the reminder to Clear away debris from your units Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm
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    If you have vaulted ceilings don't use the winter setting on your fan. Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm
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    the valuted ceilings didnt know this Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 12:12 pm
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    I didn't know that about vaulted ceilings and the winter settings on fans. I have a vaulted ceiling, so this was good to know. Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 10:11 am
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    I don't change my heater filter like I should. Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 10:05 am
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    Get a commercial quality attic fan if you can. Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 10:05 am
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    that you have to replace filters every year Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 10:01 am
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    You should make to replace the filters every single year Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 9:56 am
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    I learned the difference in using the fan with vaulted and flat ceilings. Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 6:37 am
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    I found the information about the attic fan interesting. We have one & I never thought of that!! Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 6:00 am
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    I thought it was interesting that you can fill an unused fireplace with some insulation to keep some of the cold air out of the house. Very useful tip. Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 3:08 am
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    I hadn't thought to check the back of the AC unit so that is something I will check. Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 1:15 am
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    I learned and found interesting that for flat ceilings in your home you should use the winter settings and for vaulted ceilings you should remain on the summer setting at the lowest speed. Reply
  • October 8, 2014 at 12:24 am
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    I found the furnace filters with pleats tips interesting. I have never heard this. We should probably check into this for our home. Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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    I thought this was interesting: Make sure you are using furnace filters with pleats in them, not flat. Thanks for the contest. Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 11:30 pm
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    replace filters every year Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 10:53 pm
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    Putting fiberglass inside a fireplace. Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 10:47 pm
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    Im feeling pretty good, we just had our house updated to be more energy efficient Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm
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    I was really surprised to learn that vaulted ceilings should remain on the summer setting. I thought all fans should be on the winter setting regardless of your ceiling. Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 9:33 pm
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    I found it so interesting about covering that attic fan with plastic to keep the cold air from coming in during the winter months. I am going to have my husband do that next month. Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm
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    I know all these tips and find it interesting that we just finished winterizing our house today. We put in a new filter, insulated the attic fan, changed curtains, and more. There are a few more little things we want to finish this weekend to finish winterizing. Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 8:08 pm
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    I work in Energy Services for a local non-profit administering fuel assistance here in Maine and I thought your evaluation was right on-great tips and very helpful to consumers looking to help control rising energy costs. I was pretty surprised to learn that furnace filters should have pleats and not be flat, to help circulate air in the home. Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 7:17 pm
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    I would have never thought to put insulation in my chimney. Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 6:57 pm
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    I did not realize you should not use winter settings on your ceiling fans with vaulted ceilings Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 4:54 pm
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    I didn't know that dirt on your AC could cause it to lose 1/3 of its efficiency. Time for us to clean ours off! Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 4:21 pm
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    I found the programmable thermostat most interesting. I should get one. Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm
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    I thought it was interesting about the back of your a/c unit and efficiency. Ours is clear of debris, but now I need to take a look and check out the back. (We haven't done our yearly a/c unit check this year...oops!) Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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    stuffing the chimney with insulation is new to me too.....never heard of that before Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 9:34 am
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    That y'all lost 1/3 ton of our efficiency during the summer months. That is crazy! Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 8:32 am
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    I never knew that you should cover attic fans with plastic during the winter months to prevent cold air from coming in. Reply
  • October 7, 2014 at 4:10 am
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    Windows - Use curtains on the windows located on the west side of your home and tint them to provide extra protection from the sun’s heat Reply
  • October 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm
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    I found it interesting that on vaulted ceilings you should never use the winter settings on your ceiling fans. . Flat ceilings in your home should use the winter settings and vaulted ceilings should remain on the summer setting at the lowest speed. Reply
  • October 6, 2014 at 6:51 pm
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    I found the note about using the ceiling fan on summer settings when you have vaulted ceilings interesting. Reply
  • October 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm
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    I didn't think of insulation in the fire place. Reply
  • October 6, 2014 at 10:31 am
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    I learned that with our vaulted ceilings our ceiling fans should remain on the summer setting at the lowest speed. jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com Reply
  • October 6, 2014 at 10:24 am
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    the section about attic fans were interesting. we are currently in the market to purchase a home. this information was very informative :) Reply
  • October 6, 2014 at 9:00 am
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    I had never heard the info about not using the winter setting on ceiling fans if you have a vaulted ceiling. That was interesting. Reply
  • October 6, 2014 at 5:53 am
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    I found it interesting that a good way to look for leaks of air around the doors is to see a line of daylight. We have lots of those so now I need to fix the problem. Reply
  • October 6, 2014 at 1:14 am
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    what suprised me was the Attic fans! Reply
  • October 5, 2014 at 7:57 pm
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    Insulation in the fireplace was the most interesting tip to me. I hadn't thought of that before. Reply
  • October 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm
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    I actually thought Programmable Thermostats is intresting,I didn't know that. Reply
  • October 5, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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    Attic fans! I never thought about having a fan in an attic, but it makes perfect sense. Reply
  • October 5, 2014 at 11:50 am
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    All of our appliances, air conditioner, water heater etc are energy efficient. But our windows let through a lot of cold air during the winter and our electrical outlets on the wall next to our patio door freezes over in the winter. SO thank you for sharing these tips for windows and using our programmable thermostat, I am going to try them this winter. Reply
  • October 5, 2014 at 11:47 am
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    I love the great tips especially regarding windows. I never thought to use curtains on the windows located on the west side of your home and tint them to provide extra protection from the sun’s heat. Reply
  • October 5, 2014 at 11:04 am
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    I love the tips from the pros. Reply
  • October 5, 2014 at 10:24 am
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    I would never have though in winter the damper inside of my fireplace could leak cold air into my home & to put in fiberglass insulation in the chimney. One more thing to add to the honey do list. Thanks for the tip! Reply
  • October 5, 2014 at 10:24 am
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    I didn't know to not use the winter settings on vaulted ceilings! Reply
  • October 5, 2014 at 10:11 am
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    I never thought about the attic fans in the winter. Reply
  • October 5, 2014 at 2:34 am
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    Insulation up an UN used fireplace is amazing! Great tip Reply
  • October 5, 2014 at 12:46 am
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    The tip to use pleated furnace filters was useful to me. I didn't know they helped give better air flow. Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 11:58 pm
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    Insulating the fireplace is a must this year ... Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 11:28 pm
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    I like the tip about covering the attic fan. I never thought to cover it. Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 11:02 pm
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    I would of never thought of a yearly maintenance on your AC unit, but it makes sense. The pleated filters idea also I was not aware of Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 10:16 pm
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    I love the hints about the window seals. This would be useful in the winter to protect from cold getting in. Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm
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    Good to know you should maintenance your AC & furnace yearly! Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 9:45 pm
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    I never really think about energy efficiency until winter rolls around and I feel how cold our floor are around our doors. I should get much better about this. Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 8:57 pm
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    I'd never thought of stuffing insulation up an unused fireplace. Great tip. Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 8:51 pm
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    I have never heard or thought of using insulation inside the fireplace! That's a great tip. Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 8:49 pm
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    heating and air conditioning unit needs maintenance once a year. Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm
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    The insulation in the fireplace tip was a real surprise to me. I never would have thought of doing that! Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm
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    I thought insulating the fireplace was a good idea. I had a fireplace in my old house and never thought about it. Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm
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    The think that the info on Insulation in the fireplace was very good. I never thought about doing that. Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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    I learned that furnace filters need to have pleats in them, not be flat. Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 1:52 pm
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    I learned that your heating and air conditioning unit needs maintenance once a year. Reply
  • October 4, 2014 at 11:54 am
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    I thought the point about the programmable thermostat as very interesting. I had just assumed that anything would be better than nothing, so I was surprised to see there needed to be at least a certain degree difference for at least a certain amount of time Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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    I find it interesting that the type of curtains you use can make your home more energy efficient Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm
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    I had no idea that it mattered if your air filter have pleats or not. Interesting fact! Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 9:32 pm
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    I think it was interesting that the front of your air conditioning unit looked fine, but the back was a different story. I would have never looked at the back either. Thanks for sharing! Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm
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    Ceiling fans in homes with vaulted ceilings should remain on the summer setting at the lowest speed. Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 7:24 pm
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    The tip about blocking the chimney flue with insulation is a really good one! I never use my fireplace, and in the winter, I can definitely feel a cold draft from the fireplace. I'm going to look into this one! Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 6:11 pm
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    Putting fiberglass insulation in the chimney is very interesting! I will have to keep that in mind for next year! Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm
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    I learned about Furnace Filters - Make sure you are using furnace filters with pleats in them, not flat. They help to move the air better through your home Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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    I thought insulating the fireplace was a great idea! We don't use ours either and cold air does leak in. Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm
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    Oh I loved the Insulation in the Fireplace! I have a fireplace that we really do not use either. In the winter I try to cover it as much as possible...never thought to put installation in! Great idea!!! Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm
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    "Use curtains on the windows located on the west side of your home and tint them to provide extra protection from the sun’s heat" thanks for the tip! That suggestion was awesome! Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm
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    I found it interesting that you should use furnace filters with pleats vs. flat because they move the air better. Never heard this before. Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 9:57 am
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    I didn't know an attic fan might not be a good idea. Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 8:33 am
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    I learned that you should use furnace filter with pleats in them. I had no idea. Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 1:48 am
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    I never would have thought of putting insulation in the fireplace to reduce loss of AC and heat. It makes sense, though, since the fireplace is an opening to the outdoors. Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 12:12 am
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    I found it interesting that vaulted ceilings should never use the winter settings on your ceiling fans. Reply
  • October 3, 2014 at 12:02 am
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    I love the information about how many degrees to turn a/c and heat up or down in the winter and summer for maximum cost-efficiency. Our central air always costs us so much! Reply
  • October 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm
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    I did notknow that Your AC and Furnace should be maintenance every year, at a minimum of every other year Reply
  • October 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm
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    I was surprised that you lost 1/3 ton of your energy efficiency just from the back of your A/C being dirty. Wow! Andrea recently posted..Welcome! Reply
  • October 2, 2014 at 7:04 pm
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    Make sure you are using furnace filters with pleats in them, not flat. Reply
  • October 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm
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    Learned to cover my attic fan with plastic during the winter Reply
  • October 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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    did not know about tinting windows on the west side of the house. thankyou, ken Reply
  • October 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm
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    Wow this is some awesome information. We just bought a home so these are very helpful to us and I love the Windows - Use curtains on the windows located on the west side of your home and tint them to provide extra protection from the sun’s heat Reply
  • October 2, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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    I didn't know that the fan setting should be different for vaulted ceilings Reply
  • October 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm
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    I would never have thought about the builildup on the AC unit. Reply
  • October 2, 2014 at 12:13 pm
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    I think the door gap is an important point our old apartment door had a huge one that let all of our cold air escape during the summer! Reply
  • October 2, 2014 at 10:31 am
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    I didn't know to tint windows on the west side of the house. Thanks! Reply
  • October 2, 2014 at 1:24 am
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    I live in Arizona and my biggest window faces west.. definitely good to know about the curtain and tinting. I always kept them open for my kitty to look out while I was gone! Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 11:23 pm
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    I never realized you were supposed to change the ceiling fan settings. Whoops! I am hoping my fiancé already does it without telling me. Asking him in the morning! Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm
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    I'd never thought about builildup on the AC unit. I'll hve to check it out tomorrow. Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 8:47 pm
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    I also never thought to check the back of the ac Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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    I totally never think of the ac and furnace! They are so easy to overlook if they are working. Definitely got to get that call in Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 6:37 pm
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    I thought it was interesting that your fan settings depend on your ceiling type: Flat ceilings in your home should use the winter settings and vaulted ceilings should remain on the summer setting at the lowest speed. Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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    I didn't realize I needed to have my AC and furnace maintenance completed every year... I think I need to start doing this right away. Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm
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    I learned that Flat ceilings in your home should use the winter settings and vaulted ceilings should remain on the summer setting at the lowest speed. Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm
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    I didn't even know they where a winter setting on a ceiling fan. Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm
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    i didnt realize you should have your AC and furnace maintenance every yr. thats great info Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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    I've never heard of putting Insulation in the Fireplace. Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm
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    Didn't know that furnace filters with pleats help move air better. Interesting seeing as how the furnace filters that come with some furnaces are flat. Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm
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    I was really surprised by the temperature changes needed to save money with a programmable thermostat. I really need to speak with my husband about that. Thanks for the info. Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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    Great information well presented. I learned if you have vaulted ceilings your fans should remain on the summer setting at the lowest speed. Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 9:30 am
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    i didnt know i wqs supposed to service ac and furnce every year... Reply
  • October 1, 2014 at 8:28 am
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    AC needs to be checked at least once a year….my hubby changes the filters himself coz it cost if the company does…. Reply
  • September 30, 2014 at 11:23 pm
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    Your AC and Furnace should be maintenance every year, at a minimum of every other year. Great information just had ours done this year and it was full of dirt they washed it out and said to keep plants trimmed around it tool. Reply
  • September 30, 2014 at 10:53 pm
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    Your information about AC maintenance was quite helpful. Most people think that yearly maintenance is not needed. Reply
  • September 30, 2014 at 10:35 pm
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    Good tip on insulation in the fireplace. I have 2 and never would have thought about it before. I will be trying this! Thanks Reply
  • September 30, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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    I never thought about putting insulation into the fireplace. Neat! Reply
  • September 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm
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    I found it interesting that you should never use the winter settings on your ceiling fans if you have vaulted ceilings. I did not know that nor did I know that you should maintenance your AC and Furnace every year. Thanks for sharing this helpful information! Reply
  • September 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm
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    I thought the difference in vaulted ceilings and regular ceilings was interested, I had never heard that before. Reply
  • September 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm
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    i dont have an AC unit so i wouldn't have thought about having to keep the weeds away from it Reply
  • September 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm
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    I found the info regarding maintenance of the AC unit very informative Reply
  • September 30, 2014 at 11:14 am
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    I did not know one should cover attic fans with plastic during the winter months to prevent cold air from coming in. Reply
  • September 30, 2014 at 11:04 am
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    Using an attic fan! Reply
  • September 29, 2014 at 10:51 pm
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    For a Florida Girl tinting the windows are a perfect idea. Reply
  • September 29, 2014 at 10:08 pm
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    I had no idea furnace filters should be pleated. Reply
  • September 29, 2014 at 9:40 pm
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    I learned I've been running my ceiling fan incorrectly for my vaulted ceilings! Reply
  • September 29, 2014 at 7:50 pm
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    Putting insulation in the unused fireplace would have never occurred to me. Reply
  • September 29, 2014 at 7:39 pm
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    I think the suggestion of tinting your windows was an interesting one that we don't often hear about. And St. Jude rocks! Reply
  • September 29, 2014 at 6:34 pm
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    I know now I need to put curtains on my west side of my home. Reply
  • September 29, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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    I was surprised that the pros at Apex Heating & Air Conditioning told you that on vaulted ceilings you should never use the winter settings on your ceiling fans Reply
  • September 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm
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    great tips! with winter coming ill be checking my doors for gaps so cold air cant get thorough. i love idea of tinting windows. the sun in winter is just as harmful as in the summer. great ideas! Reply
  • September 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm
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    One thing that I learned from the post is that we should be using furnace filters with pleats in them, not flat ones! Reply
  • September 29, 2014 at 1:38 pm
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    never thought to check the BACK of the AC unit! Better get on that! Reply
  • September 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm
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    I've heard of putting bags of newspapers to block the cold from your fireplace, but I like the idea of insulation even better! Reply
  • September 29, 2014 at 10:59 am
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    I didn't realize that a dirty AC could have such an impact on efficiency! Reply
  • September 29, 2014 at 9:45 am
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    I had never considered insulating an unused fireplace - that was interesting to read. Reply
  • September 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm
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    I like the information on checking the door seals. We can't see daylight coming in, however, we can feel air on windy days. It is time we fix this issue before the winter. Thanks for the tips and reminding me. :) Reply
  • September 27, 2014 at 10:48 pm
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    I actually have most of these tips on my to do list. Would live to get the ceiling fans lowered! Reply
  • September 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm
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    I thought it was interesting that AC should be checked yearly Reply
  • September 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm
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    I didn't know furnaces should be maintained once a year. Reply
  • September 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm
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    Never heard the hint about changing the fan levels according to the kind of ceiling you have Reply
  • September 27, 2014 at 1:19 pm
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    I found the Insulation in the Fireplace tip interesting. Reply
  • September 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm
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    the door seals tip is interesting Reply
  • September 27, 2014 at 1:58 am
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    I found the furnace filter pleat tip very interesting. I've never heard that one. Thanks for sharing! Reply
  • September 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm
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    AC and Furnace should be maintenance every year is a great tip!We live in a rental but if we do our own maintenance is taken off the rent and this is so important. Reply
  • September 26, 2014 at 7:32 pm
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    I did not know that your filter should have pleats. We always buy the flat ones. Thank you! Reply
  • September 26, 2014 at 2:54 pm
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    i found the insulation in the fireplace really interesting. something i wouldnt have thought of Reply
  • September 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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    I didn't know pleated furnace filters were better than flat. Reply
  • September 26, 2014 at 11:47 am
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    Great tips! Insulating your fireplace is a great tip if you aren't going to use it. Some people just use them for looks but I am definitely a light my fireplace kind of person. Reply
  • September 26, 2014 at 5:56 am
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    I would have to say that I found the ceiling fans interesting... the summer vs winter use Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm
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    that the dirt on the back can affect the efficiency so much Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 9:02 pm
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    I never knew to insulate the fireplace. Thanks for all of these great tips. We are always looking for ways to save. Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 6:16 pm
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    I didn't know that about the furnace filters. Thanks for teaching me about the differences there. Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm
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    I have a new Trane and it is wonderful. Cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm
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    We live in Florida and always gave issues. Some of the tip regarding ceiling fans and high ceilings was great. Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm
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    On vaulted ceilings , you should never use the winter settings on your ceiling fans. Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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    I never knew the information about the programmable thermostats, I put my thermostat down 5 deg when i leave and thought I was doing a great thing Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 2:11 pm
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    I realized that you should maintain it every year. Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 1:37 pm
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    I didn't realize that you should only use the Summer setting on ceiling fans with vaulted ceilings! Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm
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    These are great tips. We just moved into a new house and i am unsure how it will be this winter. I am definitely going to put insulation in my fireplace. We do not use it so i might as well plug it up. Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm
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    I thought it interesting that your air conditioner lost so much efficiency because it was dirty! A real eye-opener! Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 11:22 am
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    I like the tip on putting insulation in the chimney of an unused fireplace. Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 11:02 am
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    I did not know that the ac had to be checked yearly so that is one thing I learned. Explains why I always had problems. Thanks for letting us know. By the way for some reason when I first saw the man going into the chimney I somehow thought I saw a man stuffing a dead pig up there. haha. Anyways great giveaway. Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 10:30 am
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    That you can lose efficiency from you AC unit if you don't clean it out regularly! Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 10:24 am
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    Not putting the ceiling fan on the winter setting was a good tip. Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 9:55 am
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    "Flat ceilings in your home should use the winter settings and vaulted ceilings should remain on the summer setting at the lowest speed." Looks like we've been doing that wrong, too. Very interesting! Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 9:33 am
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    I like the tips on the programmable thermostat settings while away from home. Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 9:04 am
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    I found the tip about the settings on ceiling fans very interesting. I never knew that there was different settings. Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 7:26 am
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    Now that I read about your AC, I think I need to get out there and check mine out. Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 7:25 am
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    I thought it was interesting that only flat ceilings in your home should use the winter settings. This is good to know! Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 5:35 am
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    I am going to get the weeds away from my a/c unit Reply
  • September 25, 2014 at 12:19 am
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    Not putting the ceiling fan on the winter setting if you have high ceilings was a good tip. Reply
  • September 24, 2014 at 10:26 pm
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    I like the tips from the pros you offered. Great ideas to remember! Reply
  • September 24, 2014 at 10:20 pm
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    We have never covered our attic fans before, so it's a good suggestion. Thanks! Reply
  • September 24, 2014 at 7:36 pm
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    Wonderful tips! Anything I can do to be more energy efficient I will do! Reply
  • September 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm
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    Great tips! I am in need of fixing my front doors weather proofing so that I can keep the heat in / out this winter. Mary recently posted..Family Date Night Ideas Reply
  • September 24, 2014 at 5:41 pm
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    I definitely could stand to make my home more energy efficient. Thanks for sharing these tips! I didn't know not to use the winter setting on ceiling fans. Reply
  • September 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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    These are all such great tips. If I could only get my kids to shut off the lights when they leave a room I would be in great shape. Reply
    • September 26, 2014 at 8:46 am
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      I fight this same battle every. single. day! Reply

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