Improving the energy efficiency of your home can save a lot of money and also help the environment.
Whether you want to reduce your energy bill or help the environment, increasing the energy efficiency of your HVAC system and other appliances can make a huge difference. Reducing your energy usage often requires spending money. Luckily, there are many ways to make your home work in a more energy efficient manner without breaking the bank.
The average person spends more than $3,000 each year on energy, with roughly one-third of this amount going to residential energy needs. The rest of the costs go to transportation energy needs such as fuel for a personal vehicle. The reason for this cost difference is simply because gasoline is usually more expensive than electricity.
Still, $1,000 leaves plenty of opportunities to save money with improved energy use in the home. For example, homeowners can save as much as 10 percent on their energy bill if they adjust their thermostat seven to eight degrees for just eight hours in the day. This improvement can be even higher if the thermostat adjustment is for more extended periods, such as 12 or 24 hours.
With so much money saving potential, how does someone get started on improving the efficiency of energy use? An energy audit is an excellent place to start.
A home energy audit is an evaluation of your home's energy use. The homeowner or professional can conduct this audit to determine both how the house uses energy and ways the homeowner can reduce energy usage through higher efficiency.
These home energy audits can use special tests, such as a home air leakage test, air duct test and an infrared scan of the home’s exterior to find air leaks to the outside. In most cases, an energy audit professional will conduct these types of tests.
Are you interest in learning more about ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home? If so, our heating and cooling specialists at Climate Control can help. Connect with us online now.Back to Posts