4 Tips for Saving Energy and Lowering Your Home Electric Bill
For many of us during this crisis, hours that used to be spent at work or school are now spent at home. The increased time spent at home means a corresponding uptick in power usage for your computer while working from home, for your TV and other devices used for entertainment, and for lighting and climate controlling your house. More power usage leads to an increase in the cost of your electric bill – the last thing anyone needs during these tough times. But there are ways to save energy and help lower your electric bill. These include weatherizing your home; maintaining or updating your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system; using ENERGY STAR appliances and light bulbs; and installing solar panels.
1. Weatherize Your Home
Are you wasting energy and money heating or cooling your home without properly weatherizing it? About 40 percent of your heating and cooling energy slips through your home’s cracks. Home weatherization includes air sealing and adding insulation. Air sealing by caulking cracks and around door and window frames and weatherstripping doors helps prevent indoor air from leaking out of and outside air from leaking into your home. Reducing air leakage is a simple, cost-effective way of reducing heating and cooling costs during these tough times. Proper insulation also helps reduce heat flow into or out of your home, thus reducing the amount of energy required to maintain your desired interior temperature. A Mauzy Heating, Air & Solar technician can help you determine what type of insulation you need and where you need it, as well as help install it. If you’ve fully weatherized your home and your heating and cooling energy costs are still sky-high, you may need a newer, more efficient HVAC system or more regular maintenance to boost the efficiency of your existing system.
2. Maintain or Update Your HVAC System
The best way to keep your HVAC system operating at peak energy efficiency is regular maintenance performed by a trained professional. While HVAC maintenance is probably the last thing on your mind during this crisis, a well-maintained HVAC unit performs better and more reliably, using less energy than a less well-maintained unit. However, even with regular maintenance, ordinary wear and tear throughout your heating and air conditioning system’s life will eventually lower your unit’s efficiency. Older HVAC systems have to work harder for longer to provide the same level of comfort they once did, leading to higher energy bills. If your energy costs are rising and your unit is on the older side, it may be time for an upgrade to a newer, more efficient HVAC system. Mauzy Heating, Air & Solar are San Diego’s premier residential heating and air experts, providing both HVAC maintenance and new system installation services.
3. Choose ENERGY STAR Appliances and Lighting
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your home’s appliances and electronics account for close to 20% of your energy bills, and about 10% of the energy your home uses goes to lighting costs. Replacing appliances with ENERGY STAR certified products can help lower water and energy consumption 10-15%, making them good for both the environment and your wallet. ENERGY STAR light bulbs offer further savings; compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs can yield as much as 75% energy savings and last six-times longer. You can get even more energy savings, longer life span, and less wasted heat by switching to ENERGY STAR LEDs.
4. Install Solar Panels
For even larger energy savings, plus environmental sustainability, consider installing solar panels to your home. Adding a solar energy system benefits you with lower electric bills, protection against rising energy costs, and increased property value, in addition to the environmental benefits of decreased pollution and reduced reliance on non-renewable energy sources. You may also benefit from a tax credit for going green with solar energy. There is no better solar power contractor qualified to assist you with adding solar panels to your home than Mauzy Heating, Air & Solar, and financing is available.
If the recent increase in time spent at home has you worrying about rising home electric bills during these tough times, SDG&E offers an Energy Management Tool that can show you an overview of your energy use, forecasted bill for the month, and more. Don’t like what you see? Consider implementing money and energy saving tactics like weatherizing your home, maintaining or updating your HVAC system, choosing ENERGY STAR appliances and lighting, and installing solar panels. Mauzy Heating, Air & Solar can help! Contact us today through our online form or by calling (619) 448-9545.