Energy prices are on the rise, making it more important than ever to prioritize energy efficiency. Fortunately, you can do plenty of things to save energy and lower your utility bills. We put together this guide to help you create an energy-efficient home. Start with the DIY suggestions and then contact Cooper Heating and Cooling for help with HVAC maintenance, repair, or installation.
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Easy DIY To-Do’s
When you focus on home energy efficiency, small changes can add to significant savings. We highly recommend completing these DIY tasks to save as much money as possible.
Change or Clean Air Filters
If your HVAC system has clogged air filters, air can’t circulate freely. This reduces energy efficiency and puts extra stress on the system components. Simply replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one may increase energy efficiency by as much as 15%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Clean and Unblock Air Vents
If a vent is blocked, air doesn’t flow well, forcing an HVAC system to work harder to heat or cool your home. After you clean your vents and replace the covers, ensure you don’t have any furniture, curtains, or decorative items blocking the airflow.
Check Windows and Doors for Leaks
Window and door leaks allow hot and cold air to enter your home, forcing your HVAC system to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. Check every door and window to ensure an airtight seal to reduce your utility bills. If you find any leaks, add caulking or weatherstripping to block them.
Keep Shrubs Cleared Around Your Outdoor Unit
Your outdoor air conditioner needs room to breathe. Otherwise, air can’t flow to the condenser coil, making it more difficult for the unit to keep your home cool. Reduce your energy costs by trimming your shrubs regularly. If you plant new shrubs, place them at least a few feet away from the air conditioner to prevent them from blocking the air.
Use Energy-Efficient Led Light Bulbs
Energy-efficient LED light bulbs use significantly less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, saving you money on your electricity bill and reducing your carbon footprint. In fact, an LED bulb with an ENERGY STAR rating uses about 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb. Reduce your utility expenses by replacing traditional light bulbs with LED versions.
Turn Off Lights When Not in Use
Light bulbs don’t use as much energy as air conditioners or furnaces, but every little bit of energy savings helps reduce your utility expenses. To avoid wasting energy, turn off the lights every time you leave a room.
Use Ceiling Fans Correctly
Believe it or not, the direction of your ceiling fan blades can affect how much energy you use. During the summer, the blades should spin counterclockwise to push air upward. This keeps the room cooler, reducing your air conditioner’s workload. In the winter, the blades should spin in a clockwise direction. This prevents cold pockets from forming and does a better job of distributing the heat from your furnace or fireplace. Adjust your fan blades as needed to take advantage of these energy-saving benefits.
Wash Clothes With Cold Water
When you wash clothes with hot water, your washer uses extra energy to ensure the water reaches the right temperature. To increase home energy efficiency and lower your utility bills, wash clothes with cold water whenever possible. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that using cold water saves an average of $11 per year.
Turn Down Your Water Heater’s Temperature
The higher the water temperature in your tank, the more energy it takes to maintain that temperature. By turning down the temperature, you can reduce the energy needed to heat the water, which can help you save money on your energy bills.
Standby heat loss refers to the heat from a water heater that’s not in use. If you set your water heater to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, you may waste up to $61 per year in standby heat loss, resulting in higher utility bills. Save money and prevent scalding by reducing the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Schedule a Professional Energy Audit
If you make the DIY changes recommended above and still have high utility bills, a home energy audit can help you determine why you’re using so much power. During an audit, a professional assessor examines each room of your home and may even look at your past utility bills to identify energy hogs. The assessor may collect data from meters, thermometers, infrared cameras, and other devices. After completing an audit, the assessor provides a report with recommendations to help you create a more energy-efficient home.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
To maximize energy efficiency, schedule HVAC maintenance twice yearly, once before you start using your air conditioner in the summer and once before turning on your heat in the late fall or winter. Cooper Heating & Cooling has highly trained technicians available to maintain your system and alert you to any issues before they become major problems.
Benefits of the Cooper Green Club
As a member of the Cooper Green Club, you never have to worry about scheduling routine maintenance. We call you to schedule tune-ups and inspections, making maintaining your HVAC system more convenient than ever. Cooper Green Club members also enjoy a 10% discount and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We’re proud to offer worry-free HVAC maintenance and help our customers reduce their utility costs.
Switch to a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat adjusts the temperature of your home based on custom settings. One of the main benefits of using this type of thermostat is that you don’t have to run your heater or air conditioner while the house is empty. For example, if you’re at work all day, you can program the thermostat to adjust the temperature right before you get home. That way, the house is comfortable when you arrive, but you don’t have to waste energy by keeping it at the same temperature all day.
Have Your Air Ducts Repaired or Sealed
Without a proper seal, your air ducts may leak warm air into areas of your home that aren’t heated, such as an unfinished basement or a utility closet. This wastes energy, making duct repair and sealing one of the best ways to reduce your utility expenses. Cooper Heating & Cooling offers fast, convenient scheduling and free estimates, making it easy to stop air leaks and create an energy-efficient home.
Consider Installing a Ductless Mini Split System
A ductless mini-split system delivers heating and cooling without ductwork. Instead, individual air handlers are installed in each room or zone for personalized comfort. These air handlers are connected to an outdoor unit through refrigerant lines that require only a small hole in the wall for installation.
Mini-splits are highly energy-efficient because they don’t lose energy through duct leaks or require as much energy to move air through ductwork, resulting in significant savings in energy bills. They are flexible, easily installed in homes without existing ductwork, and can be expanded or adjusted to changing needs. Finally, mini splits offer zoning capabilities, allowing homeowners to control the temperature in different areas independently, improving comfort levels and reducing energy waste in unused rooms.
Overall, ductless mini split systems are a cost-effective and flexible heating and cooling solution that offer a range of benefits to homeowners looking to improve their home’s energy efficiency and comfort levels.
Invest in a Higher Efficiency Heating & Cooling System
If you live in an older home with an outdated HVAC system, consider upgrading to an energy-efficient model. Although a new heating and cooling system can be expensive, you’ll make back your investment in lower energy bills. Cooper Heating and Cooling experts are available to assess your needs and recommend a system that keeps you comfortable while limiting your energy-related expenses as much as possible.
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