The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects heating and cooling prices this winter to climb by 14%. Unfortunately, salaries across the US and here in Southern California are not increasing at the same rate as heating and cooling costs, so individuals need to look at ways to improve energy efficiency in their home to save money.
What can you do to decrease your home’s heating and cooling costs? Let’s take a look at some of the top ways to make your home more energy efficient.
Upgrade to More Efficient Heating and Cooling Units
If you are a typical US homeowner, about 50% or $1100 of your annual energy bill goes toward heating and cooling. Depending on how old and how inefficient your current HVAC system is, installing new Energy Star qualified equipment could save up to 28% on your energy bill.
A good rule of thumb for replacement is if any of your HVAC components are older than 10 years, or if you feel your current unit is just not performing as it once did, you’ll want to schedule an in-home consultation with a professional company providing heating repair in Escondido and other local cities. The unit you choose should be installed by a certified technician because just improper installation alone can lessen the efficiency of your new unit by up to 30%!
Install a New Energy Star Certified Water Heater
A water heater accounts for about 14% of the average American’s total energy bill each year, which can mean a lot of money out of your pocket for an older under-performing model. Upgrading to an Energy Star Certified Water Heater can decrease your energy usage by 14 – 55%.
A typical water heater lasts for 8 – 12 years; if yours is much older you should contact an expert to discuss stepping up to a newer more energy-efficient model. Look for a licensed, bonded, insured contractor to help you determine which unit would fit your home and your budget.
Replace Old Windows
In most cities, which celebrated its 125th birthday in 2013, you will find many homes with the original windows still in use. Replacing these windows with Energy Star rated windows can save 10 – 25% on your heating and cooling bills.
By installing Energy Star rated windows you will also lessen sun damage of your possessions, and many may even deter burglars. Don’t forget one of the best perks is how attractive your home will look inside and out with new windows.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can be installed by most companies offering heating repair. The new thermostat will help save you money by regulating the temperature throughout your home. Depending upon the unit, you may be able to program each section or floor of your home to meet your needs.
A programmable thermostat is a quick, easy, and fairly inexpensive way to make your home more energy efficient and can save you nearly $200 each year in energy costs.
Seal Leaks Around Your Home
Heat and A/C can escape through so many places in your home that it’s a good idea to have a consultation from a company offering heating repair to seal those leaks. Experts will comb your home to determine where your leaks are and seal them all.
Caulk, weather stripping, and spray foam insulation are most commonly used to stop the energy leaks and seal your home. Your attic, basement, windows, doors, and electrical outlets are the most common places where your energy dollars are escaping. A professional can seal these areas to help you keep those dollars locked up inside.
Seal Your Heating and Cooling Ducts
Another place where energy dollars escape is through your heating and cooling ducts. Leaky ducts can account for a loss in efficiency of your heating or cooling unit of up to 20%. Heating repair can help by identifying leaks and sealing them, saving your hard earned money for you to spend on something other than energy costs.
Don’t let your dollars keep running out your door, contact a heating and cooling specialist in the area to help map out a plan to increase the energy efficiency of your home.
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