- On June 2, 2021
To make sure your home is on the right path towards energy savings, make sure to read our guide below for essential information like:
- Modern appliances are incredibly efficient and can help reduce your monthly energy bill.
- Minor upgrades like new light bulbs or a programmable thermostat can reap significant savings.
- Adjusting your daily habits can help you decrease the need to switch on lights, heat, or air conditioning.
Energy efficiency is more than just a slogan to feel good about. Making your home more energy-efficient can save you money in the short and long term. When you use less energy or make the energy you use more impactful, you’ll quickly see your monthly energy bills become less expensive. That helps keep the outdoors and your wallet full of green.
Create an Energy-Efficient Home
There are a couple of ways to save energy. The first is to update your abode with modern appliances, smart home systems, and energy-efficient components. While this can seem like a significant ding to your pocketbook, you’ll find that sometimes replacing the little things can add up to considerable energy and cost savings.
Buy Energy Star-certified Appliances
Buying energy-efficient appliances is easier than ever. When you’re shopping in-person and online, you’ll see both the initial cost of the new unit as well as the annual operating cost. This makes it extremely simple to compare which new appliances will save you money on your energy bill.
When you’re browsing the appliance selection, you’ll also see something called Energy Star certification. This indicates the product operates more efficiently compared to non-certified appliances. This increase in efficiency can vary based on the appliance, though, so you may need to do some additional research on that specific product before pulling out your credit card.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats help automate your home’s heating and cooling. They can turn off your HVAC system during working or sleeping hours, so you’re not wasting energy making your home comfortable when no one’s there or awake.
Updating your system to utilize a programmable thermostat will save you money on both your monthly utility bill and on completely upgrading your home’s HVAC system. In recent years programmable thermostats have become easier than ever to install and use, with many giving you the ability to control your home’s temperature or check energy usage through your smartphone.
Insulate and Weatherize Your Home
Insulating and weatherizing your home will help keep the comfortable temperatures inside your home. So, when you switch on your air conditioner during periods of extreme Phoenix heat, the cool air won’t slowly leak out of your home through small cracks. And when you decide to heat your home on a cold winter morning, the heat won’t escape through uninsulated attics, ceilings, or walls.
Since the conditioned air stays in your home, your HVAC will operate efficiently. It won’t need to stay on for as long, and when it does turn on, it won’t need to kick it into overdrive to fight against surging or dropping interior temperatures.
Integrate Your Appliances with a Smart Home System
Smart home devices give you increased control over your home’s operation. As long as you have an internet or data connection, you’ll be able to turn on and off things like your lights, HVAC system, and appliances. You can also automate systems to make saving energy easier than ever.
Typically, smart home systems also give you insights into your home’s energy usage. This lets you compare your family’s energy use from month to month or identify time periods when energy expenditure seems high.
Replace Your Light Bulbs
It seems simple, but replacing your old light bulbs with energy-efficient ones will help you save energy. New bulbs can last for years and use less energy while still providing the same amount of light as your old bulbs. This upgrade doesn’t cost a whole lot and is quick to enact.
Upgrade Your Heating and Air Conditioning
Modern HVAC units are energy-efficient, integrate into smart home systems, and are intuitive to use. While there can be an upfront cost to replacing your old HVAC system, you’ll quickly find savings through your energy bill even if you decide to finance the purchase.
Furthermore, many federal, state, and local government rebate and subsidy programs can help reduce the upfront cost. This means you may find yourself with a surprisingly inexpensive installation bill.
Personal Energy Saving Tips
Updating your home can reap significant benefits in terms of energy use and your monthly utility bill. While rebates, subsidies exist to help pay for some of the more expensive upgrades, and other things, like replacing your light bulbs, are relatively inexpensive, there are still things you can do to save energy that cost you absolutely nothing.
Generally, these energy-saving methods mean making some subtle changes to your daily routine or making some minor tweaks to how you think about your energy use. Either way, you’ll save energy and money by carrying out these simple tasks.
Check Your Air Filters
Your HVAC system’s air filters help capture dirt, dust, and other debris that tumble through your ducts. If the filters become clogged, though, it can make your HVAC system work harder to make your home comfortable.
So, every one or two months, make sure to check and clean your HVAC system’s air filters. If they’re dirty, give them a quick rinse and cleaning and then let them dry completely before returning them to their duties. This is simple, free, and improves your home’s interior air quality, too.
Dress For the Weather
Instead of reaching for your thermostat to adjust the temperature, take a second to think about what you’re wearing. If you’re too cold, you can just toss on a sweater or get cozy with a blanket instead of turning on your heater. Alternatively, if you’re too warm, make sure you’re not wearing hot or heavy clothing.
Light Your Home Naturally
Phoenix residents know that we get some great natural light. If you keep the shades drawn, you can let natural light into your home and keep your living areas well lit. This means you don’t need to turn on a light until you absolutely need it.
Additionally, if you find your home is too hot, you can also close your curtains or shades to block out the sun’s heat. These simple actions give you less reason to turn on your lights or your A/C.
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient with Howard Air
Howard Air is here for residents of Phoenix and the surrounding area. We’ve helped our customers keep their homes comfortable for over 40 years, and we’ve done that by valuing service, integrity, and hard work above all else.
We’d be more than happy to talk about your home’s current HVAC system to see how we can help make it more efficient. That may mean setting up a preventative maintenance schedule, or it can mean replacing your old energy-guzzling unit with a more efficient model.
For a comfortable, energy-efficient home, give us a call today at 480-648-0055.
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