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Home Energy Efficiency Depends on Cooling and Heating

Home Energy Efficiency depends on a whole list of money saving ideasDid you know home energy efficiency depends primarily on your cooling and heating system?

If you haven’t replaced your HVAC system with a high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR® qualified model, you’re probably spending significantly more on home utility bills. Up to 20% more if your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, and up to 15% more if your unit is more than 15 years old.

Steps To Increase Home Energy Efficiency and Savings

Seal the Envelope

Insulating and sealing the exterior of your home, often referred to as the “envelope,” can help keep air from leaking into the home from the outside, or vice versa, helping you to save up to $200 per year on home heating and cooling costs.

Seal the Ducts

Duct sealing can save up to $120 per year in coastal areas, even more if you’re inland.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

An ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostat can save you up to $100 per year. Programmable thermostats let you set your home’s temperature to save energy, some even let you do so from anywhere in the world using a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Some models also offer a live weather forecast and automatic updates for added convenience.

Replace Old Windows

Installing new, ENERGY STAR windows in place of old windows can save you between $150-500 in annual energy costs.

Replace Old Appliances

For the greatest home energy efficiency, choose ENERGY STAR approved appliances: They’re up to 40% more efficient than standard models.

Here’s a breakdown of how much you could save by replacing your home appliances with an ENERGY STAR approved model:

  • Dishwasher—Save up to $40 per year on utility bills when replacing a pre-1994 model.
  • Refrigerator—Save 20% per year on home energy costs. Unplugging an extra refrigerator in the basement or garage can equate to an additional $300-700 per year.
  • Washing Machine—Realize approximately 30% in energy savings per year compared to standard washers. Full-sized washers save 10-20 gallons of water per load.
  • Clothes Dryer—Save more than $135 a year if your dryer is over 10 years old.
  • Water Heater—Save up to $80 per year on gas bills; larger families will see even more savings.
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Replace Incandescent Lightbulbs

Substituting CFL bulbs for just five of your highest-use fixtures can save up to $70 per year on home utility bills.

Add a Ventilation Fan

Installing a ventilation fan to control moisture, mold and mildew growth in bathrooms can save you up to 60% more energy than standard models when using an ENERGY STAR qualified model.

Install a New Shower Head

A new 2.5 gallon-per-minute shower head can help you save an extra $140-$150 a year in electricity costs, in addition to saving you 5 gallons of water per shower.

These are just a few ideas for steps you can take to increase home energy efficiency and savings. Check our other articles on Home Energy Efficiency and Savings here.

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