Most people don’t know how easy it is to keep their home with less energy, but here at InterNACHI, we want to change that. Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be achieved by simple changes, which most can be done by the owners themselves. Of course, for homeowners who want to take advantage of the latest knowledge and energy efficiency systems in homes, energy auditors at InterNACHI can perform extensive tests to find the best energy solution for their particular home.
Why make your house more energy efficient? Here are some good reasons:
Economic incentives at the local, state and federal levels, for example, the tax exception, are very advantageous for homeowners in most of the United States.
It’s economic. It costs less to supply homes that have been converted to be more energy-efficient.
The level of comfort inside is increased.
Our impact on climate change is reduced. Many scientists believe that excessive energy consumption contributes significantly to global warming.
Pollution is reduced. Conventional energy production introduces pollutants that then find their way to the air, land and water supplies.
1. Find better ways to heat and cool your home.
As much as half of the electricity used in homes goes to heating and cooling. The following are some ways in which the electricity bill can be reduced through adjustments in the heating and cooling systems:
Install a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans can be used instead of conditioners, which require a large amount of energy.
Periodically replace air filters in conditioners and heaters.
Set the thermostat at the appropriate temperature. Specifically, thermostats should be turned off at night and when no one is in the house. In most homes, about 2% of the heating bill can be saved for each degree of thermostat that is lowered for at least eight hours each day. Lowering the thermostat from 75 ° F (24 ° C) to 70 ° F (21 ° C), for example, saves about 10% of the cost of heating.
Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat saves money by allowing heating and cooling devices to automatically lower during times when no one is at home and at night. Programmable thermostats do not contain mercury, and in some climate zones, they can save up to $ 150 per year in energy costs.
Install a wood or pellet stove. These are the most efficient sources of heating than furnaces or boilers.
At night, the curtains drawn over the windows will better insulate the room.
2. Install a tankless water heater.
Water heaters of the demanding type (tankless or instantaneous) provide hot water only as needed. They do not produce the standby energy losses associated with traditional storage heaters, which will help save energy costs. Tankless water heaters heat water directly without the use of the storage tank. When the key is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe and to the unit. A gas burner or an electric element heats the water. As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water and it is less expensive. You do not need to wait for the storage tank to fill with enough hot water.
3. Replace incandescent lights.
A typical home is dedicated to 11% of its energy budget in the lights. Traditional incandescent lights convert approximately only 10% of the energy they consume into light, while the rest becomes heat and not fit for your health. The use of new lighting technologies, such as LED lights (light-emitting diode) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), can reduce the energy use required by lights by 50% to 70%. Advances in lighting controls offer even more energy savings by reducing the amount of time the lights are on without being used. Here are some facts about LEDs and CFLs:
CFLs use 75% less energy and last about 10 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
LEDs last even longer than CFLs and consume less energy.
LEDs do not have moving parts and, unlike CFLs, do not contain mercury.