Top 7 ways to save energy at home

Produce Your Own Power!

Installing home solar electric panels can eliminate your energy bills – typically saving hundreds or thousands of dollars a year. Extra energy that your solar system generates during peak sun hours can be sold back to your utility company under ‘net metering’ laws in many states, thereby offsetting your bill. The most effective approach is to install solar to cover ~75% of your home’s energy needs – typically a 3-10 kilowatt (kW) solar panel system.

The benefits are clear: energy prices are rising, costs for solar panels are falling, big government rebates and other incentives are available, many new solar financing programs offer $0 down installation, and recent models are quite visually appealing.  Further they are extremely reliable and warrantied, and can raise the value of your home!  To inquire and see if you qualify, fill out the easy solar quotes form.

 

Update Your Windows to Double-Pane, or Try Plastic Sheeting

Home windows and glass doors often account for between 10 – 25% of your heating or air conditioning energy bills through energy loss – basically your money is “going out the window!”.  The worst culprits for heat loss or entry are old single pane windows and doors which provide very little  insulation from outside temperatures. Replacing your windows with double-pane windows and glass doors can significantly reduce energy demands and improve the comfort of your home. Importantly, rebates and incentives are often available for replacing windows!

To learn about top rated windows and doors, and get free consultations from windows experts, check out this complimentary service that puts you in touch with the experts: home usa windows . Another simple solution to save heat loss through windows in cold climates is to cover windows with clear plastic sheeting or films. These plastic coverings (or tightly fitting shades) effectively act as a second window pane at a fraction of the cost, though do require some effort to maintain.

 

Properly Set or Upgrade Your Heating & Cooling HVAC Systems

The first thing you can do to save some energy is to lower the temperature on your water heater to 120-125 degrees.  Many gas or electric water heaters or boilers are set far too high above 140 degrees.  All studies show this is simply a waste of energy and your money!

Older heating and cooling or ac systems are usually not nearly as energy efficient as the newer energy-efficient HVAC, heating and air conditioning ac models.  Good news, often you can also get government rebates for installing energy efficient models. Professional installers can easily recommend and replace your existing heating & cooling system and allow you to reduce your bills AND get a tax break!  Learn more from a free consult with our professional heating & cooling experts.