Is your home energy efficient?
Optimizing your energy efficiency is one of the primary ways you can reduce operating costs for your home. Not only will it save you money on your energy bill, but it can also reduce the cost of repeated repairs to your home. In a struggling economy, Smart Energy Today, Inc.® knows the importance of making every dollar count. Here are some tips and things you can do to make sure that your home is running as optimally as possible, while still getting the biggest bang for your buck!
The importance of changing your air filter regularly can not be stressed enough. On average, the filter should be changed once every 3 months. In high use months, like in the winter or summer, you should check the filter once a month. If it looks dirty, you should change it. A dirty filter can make your heating/cooling system work harder to keep your home comfortable, therefore wasting energy. A clean filter can also help keep your system in good operating condition, preventing unwanted repair costs down the road.
A programmable thermostat can be a great benefit to your home, especially if you are away for short to long periods of time. A thermostat will help regulate the temperature of your home, saving you money because your heating/cooling system will work less. A thermostat will also greatly increase the comfort in your home.
Energy Star Appliances
Having appliances or equipment in your home that has earned the Energy Star certification can greatly reduce your yearly energy costs. Certified Energy Star appliances run as efficiently as possible, so that they are not wasting energy in your home. Replacing your heating/cooling system with Energy Star certified equipment can reduce your energy bill by up to $200 a year (depending on where you live).
Having proper insulation can ensure that your home isn’t losing heat through your walls, attic, or floor. Proper insulation, slows the rate in which heat flows out of your home in the winter or into your home in the summer. With the proper amount of insulation, your heating/cooling system will not work as hard to keep your home comfortable, therefore saving you money on your energy bills! Heating/Cooling your home accounts for 50-60% of you energy bill.
Installing an Attic Fan in your home can also greatly reduce the amount of energy your heating/cooling system is wasting (especially in summer months). Installing a Solar Attic Fan is a great way to keep the energy costs down, while still circulating the air flow from your attic. An Attic fan can also reduce the amount of humidity in your attic, preventing costly repairs and upgrades down the road.
Lighting your home accounts for approximately 20% of your energy bill. Having energy efficient lighting throughout your home can greatly reduce your energy bills every year. Today, LED lighting is the most efficient way to illuminate your home. LED lighting has a much higher life span and a much higher efficiency, when compared to incandescent bulbs or Compact Florescent Lamps (CFLs). You can also go one step further and install motion censors or timers on your lights, so that they aren’t left on and wasting energy.