What you can do largely depends on your budget. There are both expensive and inexpensive ways to reduce your energy consumption but don’t rule out the more expensive fixes just because of up front costs. There are often incentives and tax rebates from both the state and Federal government for energy related improvements to your home. If your electricity bill is $250 a month, it could escalate to $293 a month in the future. That’s $516 a year! An investment today could help you save that money, and more. According to Gilbert AC repair there are 3 basic ways that can help you cut energy cost.
The largest source of energy consumption in your home is heating/air conditioning. If your unit is over ten years old, you may want to consider an upgrade. Depending upon the size of the unit, the layout of your home, and what other work you need, you may have to invest in a unit. Units are rated and largely priced based on efficiency – or SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating). The higher the SEER, the more expensive the unit, but the less energy they consume. If your unit is 10 years old or older, you may have a unit that is rated at 6 to 10 SEER. Currently a unit must have a SEER of 13 or higher to qualify for the Energy Star rating (and any rebates that may be available).
This is another obvious one. Loft and wall insulation works wonders for keeping heat inside your home. If you are unsure whether or not you already have home insulation, you should find out immediately. Even if you do have home insulation, you should still have it checked to ensure that it is of good quality. Updating your home insulation can save you almost as much money as installing insulation in a home that has none. Many people are entitled to grants or money off home insulation so this energy saving tip might not cost you nearly as much as you expect.
You would be surprised at all of the millions of homes that still have thermostats over 15 years old. Digital thermostats now have all kinds of functions that, by design, save you money on your energy bill. They are more accurate in getting the proper room temperature which means the system runs only when it needs to. You can also give it specific times to turn on and off throughout the day and night; which is more efficient than just setting the thermostat higher when no one is home.
There are dozens of ways to trim your energy bill. These will get you started on the road to energy savings. Replacing old HVAC systems, home insulation and digital thermostats may seem like small potatoes to you, but just give it a try, and watch how your energy bill shrinks in size. As an added bonus you will also be helping the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. Next time you are looking to save a little money, look around your house for more ways to reduce your energy costs.
At Hicken Air, our certified HVAC technicians based in Gilbert, AZ will perform checks on the outside and inside of your system. Routine maintenance procedures and thorough cleaning of your air conditioning and heating units are essential in keeping your home comfortable, mold free and energy efficient. Visit our website: http://www.hickenair.com/ for information.
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