How Can I Better Control My Home Energy Costs?

How Can I Better Control My Home Energy Costs?

Has your energy bill been slowly climbing? Energy loss can happen in many subtle ways, resulting in increased expenses and more waste. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to combat energy loss and reduce home energy costs.

What steps can you take to control energy loss?

1. Invest in a high-efficiency home comfort system.

One of the most important things you can do to control energy loss is to install an energy efficient HVAC system  with high SEER and AFUE ratings. This type of system will save you money over the long-term.

2. Use programmable thermostats.

Programmable thermostats also have a high impact on your energy bill. You can decide exactly when you want your air conditioner to kick on and program your thermostat ahead of time. For instance, during the summer you can set the temperature higher while you’re away at work, but schedule it to cool down before you come home.

3. Properly seal all doors and windows.

Drafty windows and leaky doors not only allow warm air to get in, they allow cool air to get out. This makes it difficult for your air conditioner to keep up with the fluctuating temperature. It also wastes a lot of energy.

4. Schedule routine HVAC maintenance.

A professional HVAC technician should examine your system at least once a year. This prevents small problems from developing into bigger ones. If you suspect blocks or leaks within the system, call a licensed inspector.

5. Unplug items that are not in use.

This seems fairly obvious, but we sometimes forget to turn off lights on or appliances. Take care to unplug electronics to prevent energy loss and high electric bills.

6. Use fans instead of air conditioning.

On those in-between days, when it’s warm but not hot, try to use fans instead of air conditioning. This keeps you cool while still conserving energy.

7. Lower your water temperature.

Most people don’t need to shower at their water heater’s default temperature. Lowering it 15-20 degrees can save you energy loss while still keeping your water comfortably warm.

8. Look into zoning.

Zoning allows you to heat and cool rooms individually, or in “zones.” This saves money, as you can waste less energy on lesser-used rooms.

9. Use energy-efficient lighting.

Energy-efficient lightbulbs (CFLs or LEDs) save money.

Taking the time to implement these small changes in your energy use can make a huge difference in your home expenses.

If you have any further questions, or if you would like to invest in a high-efficiency system, call Indoor Air Quality today. We serve homeowners in Highlands Ranch and throughout the Denver Metro Area. Our highest priority is the comfort of your home.