Efficiency: Helping keep your wallet fatter, and your Earth a little greener.
Energy efficiency is not just for older homes. According to Energy Star, evaluation data show that a home’s energy efficiency is not directly correlated to its age. Even if your home is relatively new, you could be saving valuable energy and money with some simple steps. A home’s age has little to do with how efficient it is. Industry data, consistent with our years of experience performing home energy efficiency audits, show duct systems leak up to 30% of the air that passes through them. Imagine $30 of every $100 you spend to heat or cool your home is wasted by leaking into your attic, crawl spaces and outside.
If your furnace frequently turns on and off, or if you have some rooms that are too hot or too cold—these are signs that your ducts may be leaking. Properly sealing your ducts directs the air that you paid to heat or cool inside your home, making you more comfortable and saving you money. Most homes have small cracks and holes where the air you paid to heat or cool leaks outside. Sealing your “building envelope” reduces drafts, saves energy costs, and keeps must, mold and allergens out.
If you didn’t already know this, lighting your home takes up about 10% of the home’s electricity use. LED lights are the most expensive initial investment but have the best efficiency and return on investment due to their low power expense. An LED light only burns at 145 degrees vs. a basic light bulb burning at 380 degrees. If it is summertime and you have a basic bulb in your home burning at 380 degrees that will go towards the heat in your home that the A/C system has to work harder for to make cooler. Your most energy efficient option would be and LED dimmer light so you can dim down on the lights when necessary therefor using the minimal amount of energy.
Lastly, Heating water may account for around 20% of the energy your home consumes. If you have an electric water heater with a flue pipe, chances are you’re paying approximately 50$ a month just for hot water. Gas or oil water heaters are considered “low efficiency” and could be costing you more than you need to spend. High efficiency water heaters are typically hung on the wall and tankless. These do not store any water in them. They make hot water instantly on demand and they never run out.
These are just a few tips to all those who bought a house in the past 10 years. Just because it is new does not mean it is the most energy efficient home. Have an inspector come take a look so he can point you in the right direction.
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