- Posted by Mike
- On May 18, 2017
- Applainces, Energy Star, LED Lightbulbs
If you are looking to save money and conserve more energy this summer, then the following home modifications will you reduce your home’s energy costs.
5 Home Improvements that Save On Energy Use
If you’re looking for ways to save on energy, here you go:
Upgrade to Solar
Upgrade Your Insulation
Upgrade Your Windows
Upgrade Your Light Bulbs
Yeah, solar panels are costly and they take time to pay themselves off. But that doesn’t mean you can’t utilize some of the other solar products on the market to save energy. For example, you can have solar outdoor lighting, a solar window charger for your phone, or perhaps a solar pool pump. You can put a significant dent in your energy consumption with solar these days, so look into it. Elon Musk and Tesla now have solar roof slats that replace your existing roof and provide enough energy to power half the block.
An extremely easy way to prevent heat loss and conserve energy is to upgrade the insulation in your home. Insulation is found in the walls, attic, and basement, and affects how much electricity is consumed during certain seasons. It can also affect how your HVAC system functions throughout the summer. Without proper insulation, it is almost impossible for you to mitigate how much heat or cool air you are losing, resulting in higher energy costs as your HVAC system tries to make up for these losses. In addition to proper insulation, make sure you have effective weather stripping on windows to prevent drafts and excess air from escaping. It also doesn’t hurt to insulate your hot water lines and water heater.
In addition to insulating your home and windows, you may want to consider upgrading your windows to more energy-efficient models. There are many options of energy efficient windows available on the market today. These windows help ensure that the seal on the windows is effective in preventing heat or cool air from escaping your home. As an added bonus, replacing your windows may qualify you for a tax rebate.
Upgrade Your Appliances
When trying to reduce your energy costs, you may want to consider investing in Energy Star-rated appliances. These appliances are designed to work at maximum efficiency using minimum electricity. Although some of these appliances may cost you more money up front, they can reduce the amount of energy used throughout the lifespan of the appliance, saving you money in the end! One of the biggest energy saving appliance upgrades would be to buy a new, high SEER-rated air conditioning unit.
Another simple tip to conserve energy is to upgrade your incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs (or LED bulbs). Not only do fluorescent bulbs consume up to 85% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, they last much longer. Some bulbs can even last six times longer than incandescent ones. Even though fluorescent bulbs and LED bulbs may be more expensive to purchase, they can immediately start saving you electricity and help lower your energy bills.
Contact ACE for All Air Conditioning Needs
If you’re in need of A/C repair or a new air conditioning unit, ACE Home Services has you covered. We have been serving Phoenix resident’s since 1994 and are one of the most trusted names in the Valley. We offer all appliance and plumbing fixture installations too. Click here to have a repair technician make a service call to your home or simply call us at (602) 943-2000 for immediate service.