Simple and inexpensive actions can help you save energy and money in your home. If you haven’t done so already, the first step to saving energy and money in your home is to conduct a home energy audit, which will better assist you in finding where you can save the most. As with all of our customers, we want to ensure that you receive the best of customer service and workmanship possible when you contact us. Keep reading for a few ideas on how you improve things in your home.
Sizing Your Units
Small adjustments can lead to big savings when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Choosing efficient furnaces and air conditioners when it’s time for replacement can save you money over the entire life of the new unit. Let’s face it, furnaces and air conditioners aren’t cheap to operate or replace. If you need a new one, do not simply assume that the size of your current unit is appropriate.
Look at the unit’s efficiency rating. Furnaces with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating of at least 92 and an electrically efficient blower motor (ECW or variable speed) are best. If you use your central air conditioner a lot, look for a model with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 14 or more for the highest efficiency.
Sometimes you have to spend a little to save a lot. Scheduling regular tune-ups for your heating and cooling systems is also a sound money and energy saving idea. Seasonal maintenance keeps equipment running safely and efficiently, and saves money over the service life of the unit.
Household Appliances and Electronics
Every load of laundry and every appliance and electronic gizmo provides an opportunity for efficiency and savings. Look for the ENERGY STAR label. The most efficient computers, TVs, washers, dryers, kitchen appliances and even fans have the label right on the box. To put it plainly, they save money! Using power strips for your electronic equipment can help save money as well.
Many electronics consume energy even when you are not using them, hence the reason they’re often called energy vampires. These devices use about $100 of energy a year. Plugging chargers, computers and printers into a power strip lets you turn them off with one switch. Better yet, use a smart power strip. It turns off automatically when devices are not in use.
If you’re not sure which appliance(s) is(are) right for your home, our knowledgeable and experienced staff can help you make the right choice. We believe in providing the highest level of chimney and customer case possible and have been doing so since day 1. We pride ourselves on being the best at what we do and make customer safety and satisfaction our #1 priority. When Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney takes care of a job for you, you’ll see what sets us apart from our competitors. Give us a call at (303) 679-1601 today!