02 Jul Energy Efficiency for Homeowners
When it comes to energy consumption, everyone knows that they need to do their part to be energy efficient and leave as little of a carbon footprint as possible. There is so much more that people can do besides simply turning off the lights when you leave a room, and implementing good strategies will also help you lower your electric bill.
Atlas Services, leading HVAC Service Providers of Delray Beach, West Palm and other areas, offers their customers tips and tricks on dealing with electrical bills and issues so that you can be as energy efficient as possible, while saving money in the process.
Turn the temperature of your water heater down to 120 degrees F.
Average homeowners spend 18% of their home energy costs heating the water they use. If you have never modified the temperature on your hot water heater, it’s likely set to the manufacturer’s default of 140 degrees F. This temperature can easily scald your skin and is also a danger to infants and toddlers. If you have a depressed immune system and your doctor recommends the higher 140 degree temperature, consider installing various temperature-regulating devices. Atlas Services can answer any questions in this regard.
As older appliances wear out, replace them with ENERGY STAR appliances.
Started by the EPA back in 1992, Energy Star is a program that encourages the use of energy-efficient devices and appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerators. Consumers can frequently take advantage of energy star rewards through manufacturers while also reaping the benefits of saving money by using the upgraded appliances.
Keep your home comfortable with a programmable thermostat.
It isn’t the 1880’s! We no longer have to come home from a long day at work and shiver until the hearth fire has been stoked. A programmable thermostat can save you money and make you more comfortable regardless of the time or day. Plus, new technology has made it possible to adjust your home’s heating or cooling from your phone or work laptop. It’s been estimated that installing a programmable thermostat can save you up to 10% on energy bills. Contact Atlas Services for their recommendations.
Keep your air conditioning system running smoothly.
Think of the heating and cooling system of your house like the veins in your body. You want to keep them clear for maximum efficiency. Over time, vents and ducts are bound to become clogged with dust and other particles/debris, and should be maintained on a regular basis. Atlas Services, HVAC Service Providers of Delray Beach have qualified technicians that can help maintain your heating and cooling system to keep it in good working order. Not just for the comfort of your family, but for cost-savings and energy efficiency, as well.
Is heat and/or air conditioned air escaping your home?
If you believe your energy bills are too high, you might have a problem with leaks. These leaks might be around windows, doors, vents, through the attic or crawlspaces, etc. One way to test if you have a leak is to move a candle flame around the perimeter of the door or window. If it flickers, you’ll need to take action. The least expensive (and ultimately less efficient) route is to apply caulking or weather stripping around the deficient areas. A better idea, which is more expensive but will save you money in the long run, is to replace the windows and doors/patio doors with energy efficient models that will also provide increased safety, security, and attractiveness.
Install low flow water fixtures.
Nobody really needs to take a shower with fire hose pressure, right? When you install low flow fixtures, you will reap a ton of benefits that extend beyond just you and your wallet. By using less water you will save money, energy (you are going to use even less hot water), and you will do your part in using less fresh water – one of the world’s most important natural resources. Plus, consumers can take advantage of tax incentives for using certain low flow fixtures. The qualified plumbers at Atlas Services can help you decide which WaterSense products are right for you.
Get the whole family involved in energy efficiency.
If your kids are young, teach them early on to turn off lights when they leave a room, and to turn faucets off the entire way. If they are older, hold them responsible for wasting electricity such as when they leave the TV on, leave lights on, leave the refrigerator door open (remind them that no matter how many times they look, there won’t be anything new inside!). It is everyone’s responsibility to be energy efficient, and what you teach them now will carry with them when they are on their own.
Other energy efficient strategies for families include:
• Label the bottoms of plates, mugs, and cups with names to limit the number of dishes that need to be washed.
• Purchase toys that don’t require any batteries.
• Large freezers should be kept in the basement or the coolest room of the house.
Keep your HVAC system from working too hard by…
• Utilizing and/or installing ceiling fans in the winter and the summer for maximizing air flow and temperature regulation. In the summer, fan blades should rotate counterclockwise, while in the winter, they should rotate clockwise.
• Planting deciduous trees such as hickory, maple, and oak trees on the south side of the house to offer shade in the summer and allow sunlight to enter the home in the winter.
• In Delray Beach, West Palm and other areas, if you’re able to choose a lighter color roof to reflect sunlight as opposed to a black roof which will absorb the heat.
• Making sure rugs, furniture, and curtains don’t block air vents.
If you have any questions or concerns about lowering your energy bill and making your home more energy efficient, call Atlas Services, well-respected HVAC Service Providers of Delray Beach, West Palm and other areas. They offer same day service and can beat any competitor’s pricing. Call them today at 561-734-8200 for a free in home AC estimate.