Premier Heating and Air knows that a lot of energy goes into heating and cooling your home. Of all the energy that you use inside of your home, about half of it is dedicated to controlling your air temperature. That’s according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration in a report that they released in March 2013. The good news in that same report is that over the last few decades, the amount of energy that we’re spending to heat and cool our homes has dropped; it used to be closer to 60% of the energy in our homes going to heating and air conditioning. So what’s making those numbers drop?
There are a few factors in play, but one of the biggest ones is the fact that the devices that we use to heat and cool our homes are becoming more efficient. That means that they control our air temperature using less energy than their predecessors. Another factor is the way that our homes are built and the materials that are being used. Builders are focusing on building energy-efficient homes for their buyers, so there are better insulation and better windows used in the building process which doesn’t allow for as much air exchange between the indoors and outdoors. That means your heating and air conditioning units don’t have to work as hard to heat or cool the air inside your home.
Of course, as heating and cooling become more efficient and use less energy, it costs consumers less to run. That’s great news for any family. If you are looking for ways to continue to lower your energy bill, though, Premier HVAC has some great suggestions that can help:
- Replace your old appliances and systems. Older appliances such as refrigerators and stoves aren’t going to be up to today’s energy standards. While you might be saving money on their replacement costs, you’ll be paying out more in the long run on their operating expenses. The same goes for your old heating and air conditioning system. Upgrading these units allows your home to work on less energy, and the money that you save on your monthly bill can go directly towards paying for your new systems.
- Have an energy study done on your home. Some companies and even local utility companies offer energy studies at discounted rates or even for free. The point of the study is to identify “energy leaks” in your home. That includes single pane windows, roofing insulation that needs to be replaced, or other problematic areas. Most of the time the solutions are simple ones, and they can go a long way to making your home much more energy efficient.
- Unplug your appliances. It might seem like it’s so simple it couldn’t possibly work, but it does. Appliances and electronics continue to pull electricity even when they aren’t in use if they are still plugged into an outlet. Unplugging them stops the drain and lowers your energy consumption.
Need other tips for energy efficiency? Ready to upgrade your old system? Give the Premier HVAC team a call today at (720) 743-3779.