Making your home more energy efficient is not only good for the environment, but will also save you money. There have been major improvements in home energy effectiveness through advances in technology and innovation.
Here are 5 ways to make a greener home:
1. Buy Energy Star Products
This familiar symbol makes it simple to find the products that are the best energy performers. Watch for the ENERGY STAR® symbol on products, as they meet high technical standards for energy performance, which will save you money.
If you plan to replace an appliance look for an Energy Star certified product.
2. Lower Your Thermostat
Dropping the settings just a few degrees will lower your monthly energy bill. Adjusting the settings when you are not at home will also help save the environment.
There are now “high tech” thermostats that change the game for heat and AC control. These smart thermostats give homeowners much more control over energy efficiency.
A programmable thermostat saves money by allowing heating and cooling appliances to be turned down automatically during times when you are absent and at night.
3. Get Your HVAC System Tuned Up
Just like your car, your HVAC system will run at peak efficiency with a regular tune-up. We recommend an annual inspection to have peace of mind for your heating and cooling system.
The technician can make repairs or do a replacement on the spot. This can include replacing worn-out parts that could cause serious problems later.
A typical HVAC tune up includes three services by a technician: inspection, cleaning and any needed service.
4. Install a Tankless Water Heater
Traditional storage water tanks are inefficient compared to tankless water heaters, which virtually eliminate wasted energy due to hot water cooling down in long pipe runs or sitting in a conventional hot water tank.
A tankless or instantaneous water heater is a demand type heater that heats the water directly without the use of a storage tank.
When the hot water tap is turned on, the water goes through a pipe in the tankless heater where an electric element or a gas burner heats the water, thus delivering a steady stream of hot water with no wait for a hot water tank to fill up.
Also, tankless water heaters are compact taking up less space than traditional water tanks.
5. Save in the Laundry
Avoid using high temperature settings unless clothing is very soiled. Wait until you have a full load instead of washing smaller loads more frequently. Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every use.
Spin-dry or wring clothes out before putting them into a dryer. Consider air drying clothing on racks or lines—especially during warm weather. Use a low-energy-consuming fan for efficient drying of clothing on racks.
Homeowners who take the initiative to make changes will realize that the energy savings are more than worth the effort.
Feel free to contact us for help with finding energy savings for your home.
Our knowledgeable team repairs and services all makes and models, and we offer emergency services.
Creative Commons Attribution: Permission is granted to repost this article in its entirety with credit to Strategic Mechanical and a clickable link back to this page.