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It's estimated that as much as half of the energy you use in your home goes to heating and cooling. So keeping your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system tuned is very important. It's also one of the easiest projects to do. You don't need experience. You don't need tools. All you need is a telephone to contact your local contractor.
There are two reasons why we suggest hiring a professional to help you with this project. First, it can be dangerous. Depending on your equipment, it can involve working with electricity, gas, and/or hazardous material. Second, if you don't tune up your system properly, you'll pay for your mistakes in higher energy bills. So a find the company that's right for you and give them a phone call at least once a year.
A To Do List is available only to TXU Energy customers with an online MyAccount. It enables you to add a tip, tool, or project even if it wasn't suggested by the Personal Energy Advisor.
Register today! It's easy, and you get all the extra benefits of a TXU Energy online account -- like this convenient To Do List.
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To create a To Do List, first you need to fill out the questionnaire in the Personal Energy Advisor. Then you'll receive a personalized MyEnergy Savings Plan. And once you have a plan, you can create a To Do List.
Your Personal Energy Advisor Answers and MyEnergy Savings Plan are saved.
Hire the Right Professional
If you don't already have a contractor in mind, TXU Energy would be happy to recommend one. Just go to the Home Energy Professionals page to view a list of professionals
that we've carefully selected because they provide a consistent level of quality in their products and services. Be sure to also ask them about any rebates that might be available
Go Over Your Checklist
Talk to your heating and cooling company before and after the inspection. Let them know that you're an informed consumer and that there are certain things you want checked. In fact, the Department of Energy has created a list of what a maintenance tune-up should include. Print it out
and go over it with the technician before work begins.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you don't already have a programmable thermostat, you should consider asking your contractor to install one. The fact is, you can save up to 10%
on your heating and cooling costs by simply turning your thermostat back 10 to 15% for 8 hours a day. What's more, there are several programmable thermostats that make this a simple and automated task, including the TXU iThermostat
that you can control from your computer or any Web-connected device.
Inspect and Replace Your Air Filters
The basic function of your filters is to reduce the dust, dirt, and other air pollutants in your home. But if you don't check and replace them
regularly, they get clogged and make your HVAC system work harder. This results in higher energy costs, and it could also result in expensive repair work. So check your filters once a month and replace them as needed. And for those filters that are designed to be cleaned and reused, be sure to follow all the manufacturer's instructions.