Remodeling your home can be a smart move for the earth and for your pocket book. When you make sustainable choices such as sealing up leaks and investing in a high efficiency HVAC unit, you can retrofit your current space for cheaper energy bills and create a more beautiful, livable space (without having to make a big move). See how!
Install Energy-Efficient Appliances
The average household spends $1,400 every year on energy bills with 20% coming from appliances. Though they may cost you more up front, energy efficient appliances, like Energy Star products, will save you enough in utility costs that they’ll often pay for themselves in a short time. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), efficient appliances use ten to 50 percent less energy and water than standard models. So, when ol’ reliable breaks down, replace them with the most efficient model possible.
Seal Up Leaks
In the average home, 15-35 percent of the heat or air-conditioning energy is lost through air leaks that are easily fixable around the house. Caulk up windows, fill gaps in insulation, check for drafts in ducts, attics, basements and crawl spaces. Properly sealing up the cracks in your home will not just reduce heating and cooling costs but also improve your home’s durability and create a healthier indoor environment.
Insulate Your Water Heater
Most residents tend to overlook the expense of heating water for their daily needs. But did you know that 25 cents of every dollar you spend on energy goes to heating your water. Just by using an insulated water heater, you can save over $150 (or more) on water heating over the lifespan of the water heater (which is usually around 10 years).
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Maximize energy savings at home without sacrificing comfort by installing a programmable thermostat with a timer. You can save up to 20% when you use a programmable thermostat to schedule your temperature raising it by 5 degrees at night and 10 degrees during the day when cooling in the summer, or lower it an equal amount when heating in the winter months.
Surprise, you might already have one! Over 70% of US homeowners that have programmable thermostats do not use them. Make sure you learn about the Override and Vacation Mode programs to maximize savings.
Switch to a High Efficiency HVAC
The AC and heating unit can use up to one-half of your home’s total energy consumption. Cutting your energy usage by swapping out for a high efficiency HVAC is one of the most effective ways to reduce your home’s ecological footprint.
The efficiency at which air conditioners produce cooling is referred to as its SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). This is a ratio of the amount of cooling produced (BTU) divided by the amount of electricity (watts) used. The higher the SEER, the greater the air conditioner’s efficiency.
Additional efficiency tips: Most people purchase AC units that are unnecessarily too big for their home. But bigger is not better. Choose zone heating and cooling to customize the temperature for only the rooms you’re using and get your systems tuned up with regular maintenance.
High Efficiency HVAC Solutions from Point Bay
High efficiency HVAC units typically need less maintenance than an older model, as the machines are typically under a lot less stress. This extends your air conditioner’s operation life, meaning you won’t have to spend more money in the future.
At Point Bay Fuel, our NATE certified technicians offer residential and commercial central AC maintenance and we are ready for emergency service anytime, day or night. Our customers have trusted us year after year to keep their families warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but do not take our word for it; just ask our customers. Give us a call at (732) 349-5059.