Home Energy Efficiency Solutions
- Energy star appliances up to 22 seer
- HSPF Up to 13
- Ductless mini-splits
- Weather Sealing
- Air Ceiling Ducts
- Wireless (Wi-Fi) Energy Management
Home Energy Audits – Save Money and Make Your Home more Comfortable
1. Find the air leaks – First, close all your windows, doors and flues and turn off your furnace and water heater. Then turn on all your exhaust fans – this will help pull air from the outside. Now, walk around your home and feel for drafts in the following areas:
- Doors and windows
- Corners, baseboards and areas where the wall and ceiling meet
- Pet doors and mail lots
- Window AC units
- Electrical outlets and plates
If you have trouble, try wetting your hand or use a lit incense stick and watch the trail of smoke for indications of drafts.
- Caulk and weatherstrip around windows and doors to stop air leaks.
- Seal gaps in floors and walls around pipes and electrical wiring.
2. Check your insulation – in the attic you should find both insulation and a vapor barrier underneath it. If your basement is heated, there should be insulation in the walls, around pipes, the water heater and ducts. If your basement is unheated you should also find it installed underneath living areas. Of course, there should be insulation in your walls as well. To check, turn off the electricity in your home, remove an electrical outlet plate and push a stick (a chopstick works really well) into the gap – resistance indicates insulation.
3. Heating and cooling equipment – these energy draining systems have come a long way in terms of efficiency, size and noise levels. If your equipment is more than 10 years old, you can most likely save as much money in lower utility costs over a couple years as you spend replacing them with a new, quiet efficient system. Regardless of age, all HVAC equipment should be serviced bi-annually by a certified professional to maintain efficiency.
- Remember to change you air filters monthly.
- Have your ductwork inspected and repair any leaks.
- Keep all windows and doors located near your thermostat closed tightly.
- Keep heat sources such as lamps and appliances away from your thermostat.
- Keep your outside air unit clean and clear of debris or weeds.
4. Think about your lights – replacing incandescent bulbs with Fluorescents and/or LEDs not only dramatically reduces the amount of energy it takes to light up your home, it also significantly reduces the amount of heat produced and creates less work for your AC system. fluorescents use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer. Avoid halogen lamps which produce a great deal of heat. Install dimmer switches where they can be used and motion sensors on exterior lights. Use low-watt bulbs where lighting is not critical. Place floor lamps and hanging lamps in corners. The reflection off the walls will give you more light. Turn off outdoor lighting during the day. Try light timer switches or photoelectric controls to make it easier.
5. Follow these other energy saving suggestions throughout the rest of your home:
- Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads.
- Fix any leaky faucets – one drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month.
- Wrap your water heater with insulation or install an insulating blanket.
- Look for ENERGY STAR label when replacing large or small appliances.
- Use power strips for home electronics and turn off power strips when equipment is not in use.
- Replace worn-out seals on your refrigerator and freezer.
- Reduce hot water use by taking shorter showers and using cold water for the rinse cycle in your washer.
- Turn off lights, televisions, and other appliances when not in use.
- Clean refrigerator coils regularly to keep compressor running efficiently.
- Set the refrigerator temperature at 36 to 39 degrees F and freezer at 0 to 5 degrees F.
- Use the microwave when possible – it cooks faster and doesnt’ create as much heat as a stove burner.
- Air dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher’s heat drying option.
- Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when full.
- Match the size of your pot or pan to the size of the burner.
- Make sure your dryer’s outside vent is clear and clean the lint filter after every load.
- Consider replacing your older model refrigerator, especially if it’s over 10 years old, with an ENERGY STAR refrigerator.
- Install foam gaskets behind electric-outlet and switch-plate covers.
- Dry one load of clothes immediately after another to minimize heat loss.
- Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator before cooking.
- Use the oven light to check on progress when cooking or baking.
- Keep your freezer full. The fuller the freezer, the less cold air you lose when opening the door.
- Use the selfcleaning cycle of your oven only right after you finish baking. That will give it a head start in heating up.
- Hang on to appliance manuals so you can refer to them for care information and possible energy-saving tips.
We will coordinate an e-score evaluation with your local utility provider.