Saving energy on your utility bill isn’t always simple, and many homeowners make mistakes when trying to cut down on their monthly billing statements.
Some of the most common mistakes include:
It’s not at all surprising that your heating and cooling units are going to be the biggest consumers of electricity in your home. When it comes to electricity consumption, there is no other residential appliance that compares to a central air conditioner.
Refrigerators are typically the largest energy users in homes without air conditioning, but as Texans, we all understand the importance of having our air conditioner in the best shape possible. Very few of us are able to survive in our residences without the constant use of air conditioning, and we depend on this appliance during most months out of the year. Because of this, the majority of our energy costs are due to HVAC equipment.
Like many of us, you may be wondering "Why is my bill so high?".
There are a number of factors that go into an energy bill, and it’s not always easy to know what exactly is inflating your bill to a sky-high number you’re not prepared for.
Everybody wants a lower energy bill, but not everyone knows exactly which steps to take to achieve this.
For starters, you need to make sure you have the best equipment possible. Major appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners have seen major strides in efficiency over the past decade. Therefore, if you have a refrigerator and an air conditioning unit that’s 15 or even 20 years old, you’re not using the most efficient piece of equipment possible.
Your house may be leaking air, causing your heating and cooling units to work harder than they need. If you or a professional have identified any sort of air leaks throughout your residence, look into weatherizing and insulating your home. This will protect your indoors from the outside elements and allow your HVAC system to do its job: regulate indoor temperature.
Still not noticing any change in your billing statement? It’s also important to remember that you must keep up with your HVAC equipment and maintain it if you expect peak performance. Joining Cool Air Sam’s Membership Club entitles you to yearly inspections and tune-ups, giving you an inside look at how what’s going on with your air conditioner and how you can improve it.
"Sam, my house is a little older than most, and so is my heater. What should I do first: insulate my home, or replace my furnace?"
Glad you asked!
Before making a decision like this, it’s always important to receive an on-site evaluation of your home and HVAC equipment. You need to know exactly how old your furnace is and how much insulation is currently present in your home.
In general, it’s usually more cost-effective to insulate your home than it is to completely replace your furnace, but investing in a new heater is a wise decision if you have an old unit.
Furnaces are built to last sometime between 15 and 20 years, but the advancements in technology over the past decade have made these appliances much more efficient than they used to be.
Also, consider simultaneously replacing your heater and insulating your home. Weatherization and insulation may allow you the option of purchasing a smaller heater, saving you money.
Upgrading your thermostat can have a noticeable effect on the amount of energy you save each month.
Did you know that programmable thermostats may reduce the amount of heating and cooling energy you use by up to 30%? These devices help you save money by giving you the ability to set your air conditioner to a higher temperature (or your heater to a lower temperature) during the times you’re not at home. Consumers love the convenience this device offers them. Now, you don’t have to remember to change your thermostat’s setting before you leave everyday. Simply program it one time during your initial setup and enjoy the imminent savings.