Energy Efficiency 101: Saving at Home

Each month, the home energy bill comes in the mail (or email). Instead of just thinking of it as one more bill you have to pay, why not use that monthly ritual as a reminder for how you can practice energy efficiency at home?

Here are some tips to help you reduce your energy consumption year-round.

Regular Phoenix Air Conditioning Maintenance – You know you’re supposed to get regular tune-ups for your car, but did you know that regular maintenance can help your air conditioning system too? Regular maintenance of your Phoenix air conditioner can improve efficiency and comfort. That’s why Chas Roberts Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers the C.A.P., a maintenance agreement that provides you with twice-annual planned checkups. When you purchase a C.A.P. you will also get a complimentary plumbing inspection on your home plumbing systems!

Regularly Change the Air Filter – Most HVAC professionals recommend changing your Phoenix air conditioning system’s filter every month because a dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool – wasting energy.

Install a Programmable Thermostat – A programmable thermostat automatically reduces heating and cooling in your home when you don’t need as much, saving energy and money. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, homeowners can save about $180 a year in energy costs by installing a programmable thermostat and properly setting and maintaining the settings.

Clear the Ducts – Ducts that move air to-and-from a central air conditioner are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent, and sometimes much more, according to You should never block vents or ducts inside the house. Maintaining clear air paths allows your cooling system to work more efficiently.

Upgrade to a Newer Phoenix Air Conditioner – The newer systems that have come on the market in recent years are much more energy efficient than older models. According to, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with ENERGY STAR qualified equipment can cut your annual energy bill by more than $115, depending on where you live.

Consider doing your part for the environment by lowering your energy consumption – and your bills at the same time. Chas Roberts can help you be energy efficient while staying cool. Visit to schedule an appointment or call (602) 943-3426 in Phoenix or (520) 292-6858 in Tucson.