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The owner of SuperGreen Solutions, Drew Myers, is dedicated to offering energy efficient solutions to the South Jersey and Philadelphia area. Myers offers a number of tips to help homeowners and business owners lower their energy costs through a few easy steps. These tips touch upon some of the most common items that impact energy costs, including lighting, windows, water heaters and heating/cooling systems.
Use Energy Efficient Lighting
One of the best places to start saving energy is with changing your light bulbs. LEDs are extremely energy efficient and consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. This leads to a dramatic decrease in power costs. Also, for businesses, there is substantial money saved in maintenance and replacement costs due to the 10-15 yr LED lifespan. Simply switching bulbs from traditional incandescent to LED results in big savings.
Check Your Attic Insulation
Attic insulation is a place not many people think to check when it comes to energy saving. Government and independent studies have shown that 70-90% of homes in the US don’t have adequate attic insulation. Relatively inexpensive insulation upgrades could save homeowners up to 20% on their energy consumption. Plus, properly insulating your attic makes the home feel much cozier by sealing the building’s living space.
Check Your Windows
Checking your windows is an easy way to lower energy loss and costs. Inefficient window sealing accounts for 25-30% of heating/cooling loss in a home. Applying additional caulking to decrease air gaps or adding an Indow insert into an existing window frame not only saves money but also greatly enhances the ambient temperature feel of the home. Indow inserts use windows with single panes, turning them into energy efficient double-pane equivalents, which can reduce power bills by up to 20%.
Replace Your Water Heater
Traditional water heaters have to work constantly to keep a large volume of water at a set temperature. Try switching to a tankless water heater system when thinking about a replacement. Tankless heaters only use energy when you actually need hot water, and they can be bought with a solar powered option, which saves even more!!
Update Your HVAC System
Similar to water heaters, it is important to regularly check your heating and cooling systems. To help your HVAC run more efficiently, consider using a programmable thermostat. New technology allows homeowners to control these devices remotely through smartphone apps. When you are at work or school, or can program your system to run at a lower temperature. Once you are heading home, you can simply increase the temperature so your home is comfortable when you arrive. Having control over your home’s settings means having the choice about how much you want to spend on your energy consumption.
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