Tips to save on home energy costs this summer

Tips to save on home energy costs this summer

(ARA) - Summer's sizzling temperatures can make it difficult to keep your home comfortable, and even more difficult to keep up with the higher utility bills that come with it. Yet a few well-chosen improvements can make a big difference in home comfort and energy efficiency.
Pre-set temperatures
With proper use of pre-programmed settings, you can save up to approximately $180 a year on energy costs, according to the U.S Department of Energy (DOE).
Install efficient windows
Outfitting your home with ENERGY STAR-qualified windows can reduce energy bills by 7 to 24 percent compared to non-qualified windows.
Cool more efficiently
About half of a home's energy goes to heating and cooling, according to the DOE. You might consider a hybrid system for better efficiency. For example, an American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Platinum ZM Hybrid Comfort System (also known as the Heritage Hybrid (TM) Comfort System 4DCZ6) can deliver up to 68 percent savings in heating and cooling costs over a comparable 10-year-old system.*
Seal air leaks
Seal ductwork and insulate the ducts in areas such as the attic, basement and garage.