Saving money begins with understanding where your money is currently going.
Every month many people pay their energy bills without giving any thought to where their money is going. Do you know which appliances guzzle the most energy in your house, and make up for the major of expenses on your energy bill? Many people don’t. However, a better understanding of you energy bill breakdown can help direct energy saving efforts in the right direction, thus bringing down your monthly expenditure on energy bills. Here is an insight into your energy bill breakdown.
Energy Bill Breakdown
The following facts and figures are based on a report published by energy star. Not surprisingly, your HVAC system is generally the biggest energy guzzler in your home. Annually, 46 percent of the energy bill is related to your heating and cooling system. Of this, 29 percent is related to heating, while 17 percent comes from cooling systems.
Water heating systems are also one of the major contributors to the energy bills. As much as 14 percent of your annual energy bill comes from the water heating systems. Other home appliances such as dishwasher, refrigerator, and washer and drier contribute 13 percent of the annual energy bill.
Lighting also constitutes a major part of the average annual domestic energy bill. Your home lighting costs you around 12 percent of the energy bill. Another 11 percent is contributed by miscellaneous sources such as telephones, set-top boxes, vent fans, ceiling fans, and audio systems. The remaining 4 percent comes from electronic devices such as computer, TV, home theater system, and monitors.
The energy star report clearly shows that your HVAC system is the biggest contributor to your energy bills. By focusing your energy saving efforts on your HVAC system, you should be able to reduce your annual energy bills considerably. Experts at our HVAC Company believe that homeowners don’t necessarily need to go for a complete overhaul of the system.
Energy Efficiency Tips
Even small changes in the way you use your HVAC systems can help in reducing your energy bills. Here are some simple tips for making your HVAC system more energy efficient:
- Annual maintenance of your HVAC system is an important step towards ensuring energy efficiency and complete system effectiveness.
- Clean and replace your air filters of your heating and cooling systems regularly to achieve energy efficiency.
- During winters, try to tap natural light and heat as much as possible. This will take some stress off your heating system.
- During day time in summers, avoid doing tasks and using appliances that generate heat.
- Better insulation can make your a lot effective and energy efficient. So, make sure no heated or cooled air escapes your home.
- If heating and cooling system is old and worn out, it makes sense to invest in a new one, because it will not only bring down the power bill, but will also increase the value of your home.
Energy Efficient HVAC Company
If you are concerned about your energy bills, call Engineered Solutions HVAC at (314) 394-0802 and let us make recommendations for making your systems more energy efficient. You will be pleasantly surprised how much money you can save in the long run!
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