How To Make My Home More Energy Efficient
Whether it’s summer or winter, it’s always a good time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only can it reduce your home’s energy bills, saving you money, but it can also improve your heating or cooling system’s performance and maintain a constant temperature within your home. Fortunately, there are simple actions that you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Here are some tips to make your home more energy efficient:
Replace Any Run-Down Appliances
Appliances aren’t designed to last forever. Even if your old appliance is still working, it might be using more energy than a newer appliance would. Outdated larger appliances such as dishwashers, heating or cooling systems, stoves, refrigerators, washers, and dryers can waste tons of energy.
If your appliances aren’t certified by Energy Star, you could be throwing away money every year on your bloated power bill. For instance, an Energy Star refrigerator can save up to $70 a year in energy costs. Although $70 may not seem like a lot of money, it adds up over time. In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, energy-efficient appliances can save you thousands of dollars over time.
At Craig's Services, we install efficient appliances that help our customers save money. We can help you determine the right type of heating, cooling, or plumbing system to maximize savings on energy bills.
Schedule Heating and Cooling Repair and Maintenance Services
Annual maintenance services are essential if you want to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Without tune-ups and timely repairs, your system will use more energy than it should.
In addition to saving money, investing in yearly maintenance services helps in other ways. Maintenance keeps your heating or cooling system running smoothly. Our air conditioner and heater tune-ups can prevent costly repairs over the life of your system.
Schedule Energy Audits
Consider these statistics from the United States Department of Energy. Heating and cooling your home accounts for 44% of your energy bill. Cooking and lighting together account for 33%, and your refrigerator accounts for 9% of your energy bill. An energy audit analyzes your home’s appliances to measure their efficiency.
Many utility companies offer free energy audits. An energy audit can determine if it’s time to upgrade your heating or cooling system or other major appliances. Even if you don’t need new appliances, an audit can show you how to save money on your future energy bills.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
The temperature on your thermostat can increase or decrease your utility bills. Allowing your furnace or air conditioner to run all day can lead to higher than necessary energy bills.
Adjusting the temperature setting is a major factor in reducing energy costs. Most people are comfortable when the thermostat is set to 68 degrees in the winter and 72 degrees in the summer. While there is no perfect temperature that fits every home, it’s a good idea to find a temperature that balances comfort and savings.
Our technicians can install a programmable thermostat in your home with modern technology. Key features can include Wi-Fi compatibility, humidity control, and a digital display.
Get New Windows
The condition of your windows determines the amount of air that leaves and gets into your home. Drafty windows allow cold air in during winter and warm air in during summer. This can not only cause your bills to increase, but it may also make it difficult or impossible for your system to maintain your desired temperature. To combat drafts, you may set your thermostat to a higher setting to maintain your desired temperature. Sealing windows, doors, and repairing or replacing cracked or warped frames can save you money over the long run.
Uninsulated windows are another source of energy waste. Installing insulated windows is a cost- and energy-efficient alternative. You should expect your home’s windows to last for up to 20 years. Without efficient windows, your heating and cooling systems will have to work harder to warm and cool your home. Efficient windows can decrease your system’s energy consumption by as much as 20% each year.
Craig's Services – Your Home Energy Efficiency Solution
At Craig's Services, we specialize in heating, cooling, and plumbing services that can make your home more energy efficient. For over 50 years, we have served residents in the Bountiful area. Our heating and cooling services include repair, maintenance, and installation. Plumbing services include water heater installation and repairs, water heater flush, water heater tune-ups, and water softeners. Contact Craig's Services to schedule an appointment today.