Make A New Year’s Resolution to be More Energy Efficient
It’s never too early to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. Change is something most of us are eager to dream about, however, very few see it through. We’ve all been guilty of making a resolution and not following it to the end, whether it’s cutting back on caffeine, reading more, exercising regularly, etc. Everyone wants to be the best version of themselves, and our goal for this upcoming year is to help you be an energy-efficient homeowner!
There are numerous ways to become energy-efficient, and not all of them require significant money. No matter your budget, we guarantee there is way for you to save energy and be more environmentally friendly.
Install A Programmable Thermostat
According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10 percent on your heating and cooling costs by switching to a programmable thermostat. The average home spends around $1,000 annually on keeping their home comfortable, which adds up to $100 in savings. This means you’ll receive your ROI in as little as two years.
Programmable thermostats range from $60-$300. You can choose from either a digital thermostat, which will land somewhere between $60-$150, or a smart thermostat, such as the Nest, for example, which will cost between $250-$300. Around the holidays, however, you might be able to find a discounted thermostat; take advantage of this season’s sales while you can!
Switch to Energy Star Appliances
Dishwasher not working as efficiently? Washer and dryer sucking up all your electricity and water? Switch to EnergyStar appliances! When shopping for a new appliances, you need to pay attention to two price tags. One price tag states the cost of the appliances itself, and the other price tag is the cost of operation. It’s important to not forgo considering the latter price tag because it matters just as much as the first. Remember: you’ll be paying on the second price tag for years to come.
Why Energy Star?
- An Energy Star clothes washer uses nearly 40 percent less energy than its conventional counterpart.
- Energy Star light bulbs can save you up to $75 a year, and that’s just with switching out your most frequently used bulbs.
- Energy Star appliances reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and fossil fuel use.
Schedule An Energy Audit
If you’d like to become more energy efficient, a great way to start is by having a professional audit your home. An energy auditor will inspect your entire home to locate efficiency gaps. Click the image below to find out more information on home energy audits, like what type of tools the inspector will use, as well as their checklist. When you choose upgrade, you can save anywhere from 5 to 30 percent on your utility costs.
For information or assistance with HVAC efficiency, give Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 405-794-8900.
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