(NC)—A recent Direct Energy survey asked Canadians to rate the overall energy efficiency fitness of their homes. Forty-two percent described the fitness/efficiency level of their home as 'trim', meaning their home is moderately energy efficient, but has room for improvement. On the opposite end, a smaller group rated their homes as 'couch potato' when asked the same question.
For trim and couch potato homes alike, Direct Energy has a few tips to boost the energy efficiency fitness of homes for the late summer and early fall months.
• Save as much as 10 percent on your cooling bill by setting the programmable thermostat five degrees warmer at night and during the day when nobody is home.
• Keep your central air conditioner working efficiently by changing your furnace filter. A clean filter means the system doesn't have to work as hard to push cool air throughout the house.
• Ensure vents are unobstructed so your cooling system can provide even air distribution and close vents in less used rooms so you're not paying to cool empty spaces.
• By lowering the programmable thermostat by two degrees overnight and when nobody is home, you could save as much as four per cent on heating costs.
• Keep heated air where it belongs. If a window air conditioner is staying in place for the winter, be sure to seal it with caulking or tape and cover with an airtight, insulated jacket to keep warm air in and cold air out.
• Ensure your furnace is working properly before the first cold snap hits by turning it on once every 60 days when not in use, and schedule a maintenance appointment before you really need to use the furnace.
More information is available online at www.directenergy.com or toll-free at 1-888-334-8221.