Tinton Falls, NJ, (February 2011) – The cost of everything seems to be increasing these days; food, clothing, gas, and don’t forget utilities! It’s no surprise that most of us are looking for ways to cut out extra expenses. Kevin Perri, Vice President of A.J. Perri says, “Don’t look any further than your home to cut costs. There are many things that homeowners, by being proactive, can do to make a difference.” Perri recommends several “low or no-cost” tips, monthly utility bill budgeting, and new innovations in the heating industry that can save you for years to come.

There are several “low or no-cost” tips that can save you money during the heating season. First, replace or clean your furnace’s filter approximately every 30 days. Dirty filters restrict airflow, forcing the system to be less efficient and work even harder. Second, remove objects from in front of your heat vents in each room to help make sure your system is more efficient and to prevent heat from becoming trapped. Next, make sure windows and doors are completely sealed at all times. Although they are closed, windows and doors tend to lose heat. Caulking windows to seal air in prevents heat loss, and results in huge money savings. And lastly, if you haven’t had your heating system serviced in the last year consider doing so. Studies show that properly maintaining your heating and cooling system improves efficiency and can reduce energy bills by up to 35%!

Perri states, “Another way to help homeowners during the high heating months is to contact their local utility company. Utility companies can calculate a budget plan for the upcoming year, based on your previous heating bills.” Regardless of how much energy you use per month, a fixed rate would be applied monthly, and the difference would be applied to your bill at the end of the year. Budgeting can help you avoid an unexpectedly costly heating bill, and will give you time to save money.

New innovations in the heating and cooling industry are also leading the way to cost savings. Hybrid systems, one such innovation, allow you to take advantage of the competitive costs of gas vs. electric. Perri recommends Carrier’s Hybrid system, which uses both a gas furnace and a heat pump. A heat pump works as an air conditioner in warm weather, but can also reverse the process and heat the home in cooler climates. With Hybrid Heat, you can use the heat pump to heat your home in the late fall and early winter months. This allows you to take advantage of the competitive cost of electricity versus gas this year and in years to come.

Perri states, “Programmable thermostats can automatically adjust the temperature at various times of day, to maintain maximum comfort levels while at home and reduce energy consumption while away from the home.” Carrier’s latest innovation the Infinity System Remote Access Kit, allows you to change your comfort settings while you are away from home, via the Internet or your phone. This results in up to a 25% savings on your energy bills.

Whether you follow these easy “low or no-cost” tips or are looking to upgrade your current heating system, look no further than the inside of your home. These great tips can help you save money now and in the future!

For more information go to www.ajperri.com or www.carrier.com.