Energy Savers loves saving energy! We don’t want you to dread the day your utility bill arrives – we want you to love it! Our homes and other residential buildings account for 21 percent of total U.S. energy use. The electricity used to power our air conditioners, lighting, refrigerators and other appliances accounts for roughly half of your total usage while water and space heating consume the rest. Read on for some tips and give us a call us for a free consultation to determine how you may improve your home’s energy efficiency through upgrades or other improvements.
- The choices you make in materials and even paint colors affect your energy efficiency. If you live in a warmer climate, decisions such as a light paint color on the exterior of a home, reflective roofing materials or a strategically-placed skylight can lower your energy bill.
- Every time you upgrade a component of your home, whether it’s windows, siding, roofing, doors, flooring, attic fans, a water heater or components of your HVAC system, you have the opportunity to increase your energy savings. Check out more information on Energy Star products.
- Routinely check and change your air filter. A clogged or dirty air filter makes your system work harder, costing you more energy and money. A dirty filter also forces your system to push more pollutants and dust through your ductwork into your home. If you or anyone in your family suffers from allergies – it’s even more important to change it regularly, especially if you have multiple pets or live in an area with a high pollen count.
- Keep your equipment working at its top capacity by keeping it maintained. You wouldn’t drive your car all year without changing its oil, would you? A small investment of a priority service plan from Energy Savers can pay off big when it comes to energy efficiency and reliability. Don’t be surprised with a high utility bill because of a leak in your ductwork or a costly breakdown repair. Energy Savers’ NATE-certified technicians are continuously trained to look for, prevent and repair any issues with your HVAC system. We’re happy to share our knowledge with you.
- Be mindful of seasonal changes. During the colder months, let the sunshine in through your windows to warm your rooms. Also known as “passive solar,” this is a simple method of taking advantage of existing opportunities for warmth or exposure from the sun. At the end of the day, shut your insulated curtains or lower your blinds to “trap” heat inside with you. During warmer weather, do the opposite.
- Landscaping isn’t just for looks! Talk to your landscaper or your local nursery. The types of trees and shrubbery and where you plant them makes a difference! Using the concept of passive solar again, using certain types of trees and shrubs to provide shade or to block wind can impact your home’s temperature. You may choose leaf-shedding, or deciduous trees versus evergreens, or conifers, if, for example, the north-facing side of your home could use more sunlight and warmth during the fall and winter.
Ask questions of your home service professionals, research your options and make the best decision for your family. New technologies are becoming available all the time. We’re here to help! Energy Savers has decades of experience with a team of NATE-certified technicians to assist you with all your HVAC needs. We proudly serve customers throughout Georgia and Alabama with the best in HVAC services including installations, repairs and maintenance. Call us today!