How Green Is Your House?
These days, green is the new black. And by that we mean, energy efficiency is a buzz word that everyone can’t seem to get enough of. But how green (or efficient) is your house, really? Answer these simple questions to find out if you are saving or wasting energy and potentially driving up your electricity bills.
Do you run your AC unit at a warmer temperature in the summer? One of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make is keeping their house too cold in the summer. While a standard setting of 78 degrees may sound extra hot, it can save you as much as 10% annually on your electric bill, according to U.S. Department of Energy.
Do you have ceiling fans? If you decide to run your AC at a higher temperature in order to save energy, but still feel uncomfortable in your home, ceiling fans and box fans are a great way to circulate air through your home more efficiently.
Are you doors and windows properly sealed? Older homes may have especially bad wear and tear around their doors and windows. While this might not seem like much of problem, badly sealed doors and windows let in hot air all summer long, causing your AC unit to have to work even harder to keep your house cool.
Have your air ducts been recently cleaned? Dust and debris build-up in your air ducts can lead to poor air flow which can lead to poor efficiency on the part of your AC unit. Regular duct cleaning is essential to the life of your HVAC unit and also your monthly energy bills.
Do you wash your clothes on the cold setting? The truth about washing machines is that running them on a hot, or even warm, cycle is not helpful. Over 70% of energy costs related to doing laundry come from warming the water used in the laundry machine. Unless your clothes are incredibly soiled, or you are washing for sanitary purposes, like cloth diapers, wash on cold. It will save you money and also extend the life of your clothes.
Do you own low-flow toilets and showerheads? Your toilet is responsible for 40% of your home’s overall annual water usage. By installing lowflow toilets, you can decrease your water usage and the cost associated with it. By installing a lowflow shower head, you can decrease water usage from 5 gallons a minute to 1.5 gallons a minute.
If you answered yes to all of these questions, then congratulations, you are well on your way to owning an energy efficient home! If not, consider modifying some the ways that you use energy and resources in your home. You won’t regret it after you get your first energy bill.
Here at Covenant Heating and Air, we offer membership packages to the Covenant Club. Covenant Club members enjoy routine maintenance on their Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Unit throughout the year that can help boost your unit’s efficiency and keep it running well all year long. Call or click today to find out more about this great energy saving plan!