We’re all aware that energy costs are rising and it doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to heat or cool your home, finding ways to save on the costs is a great idea. You can start off by looking at your thermostat. It’s a good idea to have one that you can program to cover times when you’ll be home and when you’re away. Now, with the peak hydro times when the rates are actually higher, you can program that thermostat to have lower temps in the mornings and evenings. The programmable types are the ones that will give you the most savings and remember here you generally get what you pay for. In other words, there’s a lot to choose from when it comes to programmable thermostats but always choose a trade quality thermostat with a strong brand name such as Honeywell. It will provide you with the most comfort and be the most reliable for years to come. In the summer, you’ll need to focus all of your energy saving efforts on air conditioning and there are a few things that you can do here as well. A good Planned Service program will let you know when the technical work needs to be done but there are some things you can do by yourself that will help. Humidity is the enemy here. Don’t shut off your air conditioner and open the windows as a substitute when you feel the weather will permit. An air conditioner works by removing all the built up humidity from the air. If you open all the windows once you turn your air conditioning back on, your unit will have to work twice as hard to remove the humidity again. Give your air conditioner and your pocketbook a favour and keep those windows closed! Also make sure you take a look around outside at anything that’s crowding the condenser unit. Shrubs or even grass that’s grown around or even near to this part will increase your costs as the condenser struggles to remove the hot air from your home. Inside, it’s best to set the thermostat and leave it so the air conditioning unit has a chance to stabilize the atmosphere. Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning is a family owned and operated business servicing Guelph and the surrounding areas. You can see their fine selection of Lennox equipment at www.oosterveldheating.com or call them at 519-837-2351. Currently you can receive up to a $1375 rebate OR 12 months, no payment, no interest financing when you buy a qualifying Lennox home comfort system. You can qualify for these savings on installations between July 2nd, 2012 and August 24th, 2012.