The average home spends about 50% of its home energy bill on heating and cooling; costing many homeowners more than $1,000 per year. Efficiency in these areas can help you save the most energy and money. Below are different measures you can take to improve your heating and cooling efficiency.
Also called mini-split systems, these heat pumps move heat in or out of your house. This technology is easy to install and can help you lower your energy bills; especially if you’re replacing electrical heating.
Start saving energy immediately by installing a programmable thermostat. It lets you set the times for when you want your home heated or cooled. They may come free with a home energy audit.
Duct leakage not only wastes energy, it also lowers the efficiency and capacity of your heating and cooling system. Duct sealing is one of the most effective and inexpensive projects to improve your home energy efficiency.
Don’t wait for your current water heater to break down. Even if you’re not ready to replace it, it’s smart to think about your options for an economical and energy-efficient water heater.
Replacing your central air conditioning system can mean replacing the entire system (duct work, heat pumps, condenser, fans, etc.) or just the condenser. Follow these tips on “replacing” your system, or learn about new systems.
With oil prices fluctuating, homeowners can save on their heating bills by converting to natural gas. There may be incentives from the government or utility companies that can help you make the switch.
A deep energy retrofit is an extensive super insulation upgrade that can reduce a home’s energy use by up to 90%! Find out if this major home renovation is right for your home.
Today’s wood and pellet stoves are far cleaner and more efficient than when they first came out, and can heat an entire house that is 2,000 square feet or less.