Along with eating healthier and exercising more, saving money tops many individual’s New Year’s list of resolutions. And one of the best ways for a homeowner to save money is to reduce their home’s energy load. This not only enables you to save money on utility bills each month, it also helps reduce your overall environmental footprint. Reducing your energy load can be accomplished in several ways.
First, you can lower your heating and cooling load by improving your home’s performance. This includes ensuring your home’s insulation and windows are not causing conditioned air to escape. Don’t forget simple strategies like weatherstripping windows which can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 15 percent. And, a well-maintained HVAC system is a must, too. For the greatest savings, consider replacing aging equipment with new, higher-efficiency products that will help you save while keeping your home’s indoor air more comfortable. If you’re unsure of your home’s energy load, consider calling an energy auditor who can test your home’s performance and identify the necessary steps to become more energy efficient.
Eliminate Ghost Loads
Cooling, heating, lighting and electric water heaters use a significant portion of your electric bill. But, they are not the only uses of electricity. You’re also paying for “ghost loads” which are household appliances that use energy when they’re not being used. These energy suckers can add up to 100 watts or more of electricity that you’re paying for every day. The most common causes of ghost loads are microwaves and toaster ovens, coffee makers, printers, clocks and DVD players.
Consider Going Solar
Although you can save substantially by reducing your home’s energy load, you can cut your costs even more by choosing to go solar. With a home solar system, you’ll have little or no electric bill each month, and that savings will continue for decades. Panels that quietly sit on your home’s roof, simply generate electricity and save you money.
Call today for a free quote and find out how you can save more in 2020. Happy New Year!