Improve Your Energy Efficiency in 2022

April 1st, 2022

With climate change being a hot topic of conversation, more and more homeowners are turning to energy-efficient tactics to improve their carbon footprint. Your home uses energy in nearly everything it does. In fact, electricity usage in the average American home has doubled since the 70s. More specifically, electricity, for example, accounts for 43% of all total residential energy consumption per year.  But that doesn’t have to be the case. With new technologies emerging every day, it’s getting easier and easier to become more environmentally friendly. 

 

LED Lighting

Changing your lighting is one of the quickest and most inexpensive ways to lower your overall energy consumption. If your home has outdated halogen, incandescent, or compact fluorescent light bulbs, consider switching them out for light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. LED lights offer increased energy efficiency, less expensive electric bills, and less waste as these bulbs last longer. When compared to the traditional compact fluorescent lightbulbs, LEDs are 80% more efficient. And when compared to incandescent models, they are 90% more efficient. While LED lightbulbs have a higher upfront cost, their long terms savings cancel out the price. Studies show that over a ten-year period, homeowners can save $1,000 by switching to more energy-efficient bulbs. 

 

Tankless Water Heaters

Heating your home is the second largest expense when it comes to your utilities, accounting for nearly 18% of your total bill. When it comes to water heaters, there are two main options: gas or electric. And within those two, there are tankless and traditional water heaters. Of the two, tankless water heaters are the more energy-efficient option. Traditional water heaters have a tank of water that stays at a heated temperature until it needs to be used. This causes consistent energy expenditure, even when it isn’t necessary. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, don’t store water. When hot water is in demand, the water is heated. Additionally, tankless water heaters are less likely to need a replacement in the long run as their life span is over 20 years whereas traditional heaters last 10-15 years. 

 

 

Hack Your HVAC

Your HVAC system is the primary way you can decrease your overall energy usage. Because nearly half of your home’s energy usage occurs through heating and cooling, it is in your best interest to swap your traditional HVAC methods for newer, more energy-efficient options, as well as adopt certain practices that are more environmentally friendly

 

  • Opt for a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats offer advantages in energy efficiency and in the user interface. For starters, smart thermostats can be controlled from an app on your phone, making them easy to access. They are equipped with the capability to set up programs for heating and cooling based on specific times of day and internal temperature. Additionally, being able to control your thermostat from your phone allows you to make changes to your heating and cooling even when you are out of the house.
  • Change your air filter. Your air filter can greatly decrease the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling system. On average, you should be checking your air filter every month. This is especially important during heavy usage months like the winter and summer. If your filter looks dirty, consider changing it even if you haven’t hit the one-month mark. This can help save you energy and money. At the longest, you should not let your filter go unreplaced for a maximum of three months. Additionally, changing your filter can help with allergies as overused filters can spread dirt, dust, and other irritable debris into the air.
  • Seal your ducts. Your heat pump, central air conditioner, and hot air furnace all most likely have ducts through with the air passes. If these ducts aren’t in excellent condition, they could be the source of your wasted energy.  Ensuring that your ducts are sealed and insulated can improve your HVAC’s energy efficiency by almost 20%. If you’re doing a DIY project, start with sealing ducts that run through unheated attics, garages, and/or crawlspaces. If you are unsure how to seal a duct on your own, consider calling a professional HVAC expert to ensure the job was done correctly.
  • Get equipment check-ups. To ensure that your equipment is running seamlessly, consider setting up consistent appointments with your local HVAC specialist. Equipment tune-ups and quality control checks are important to ensure that your equipment is functional. Broken or improperly functioning equipment can cost you money, headaches, and energy. The industry minimum says that you should get your systems checked once a year. However, if you wanted to be diligent in your maintenance, consider getting your systems checked every 6 months, generally prior to heavy usage months like the summer and winter. 


  • Look into ENERGY STAR. If your HVAC systems are close to their expiration, consider swapping them out for ENERGY STAR certified units. ENERGY STAR certifications are given to equipment that has been designed with energy efficiency in mind. By replacing your old systems with these newer ones, you can cut your energy bills significantly. Your local HVAC specialists will be able to guide you in advising which units are best for energy efficiency and will most likely take care of the installation as well.

 

Call The Experts

Expert Services is proud to be one of the top plumbing, electrical, and HVAC specialists in the Utah region. If you’re looking to upgrade your systems, get maintenance done, or address a problem, our team of trained technicians is here to help. For more information, give us a call today!