Ways Energy is Being Wasted in Your Home

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Reduce Energy Waste in Your Home

There are some costs we have little to no control over: mortgage, taxes, etc. But there are more home costs that we do have control over, namely your energy or utility costs. These change every month based on our behavior, but developing positive habits and making some changes can help reduce your overall energy bill each month.

We’re breaking down some of these costs so you can exercise more control over your home and your budget!

Using Old Appliances

Old, outdated appliances, even if they work fine, could be using more energy than necessary. You may be trying to put off a major appliance purchase, but you’re actually paying more each month just to use the appliance. A good example is a dishwasher. Modern, new dishwashers use much less water and use it more efficiently than a dishwasher that is 10 to 20 years old.

Other appliances to consider upgrading are your water heater and washer/dryer.

Neglecting HVAC Maintenance

Your HVAC system is often the largest driver of energy use in your home. Therefore, it’s natural that this is the simplest way to cut down on energy waste. By making just a few changes, you can reduce the energy use of your heating and cooling systems.

Maintenance is one way that energy waste is reduced. Without regular maintenance on your HVAC units, the system will start to lose efficiency. For example: a properly working, modern furnace should get you somewhere between 90 and 98 percent efficiency, which means 90 to 98 percent of the fuel used goes toward heating your home, leaving the rest as waste. As small issues start to arise within the unit, that efficiency drops, leaving less energy going toward heating your home and more wasted.

Professional maintenance is crucial to maintaining efficiency for your HVAC system. An annual tune-up will ensure any issues are addressed before your system runs consistently over the summer or winter seasons. Plus, any repairs can be made before they get out of hand, saving you money and improving efficiency. Remember, improved efficiency is less energy wasted. Schedule a tune-up with your trusted HVAC team before the season begins to enjoy the full benefits of an efficient system.

Even just changing your air filters can help improve your HVAC system’s energy efficiency. A dirty filter hinders airflow, causing your system to work harder and exert more energy. Not only does this drive up your energy bills, but it can also put more stress on your system.

Tank Water Heaters

A tank water heater is a typical choice among American households. It holds a lot of water and can get it to your tap or shower quickly. But many homeowners are choosing to switch to tankless water heaters, not only because it frees up space in their home, but it nearly eliminates wasted energy.

A tank water heater holds a certain amount of water in a large metal storage tank. The water is heated, then delivered to a fixture when you turn it on. Therefore, the water heater is operating, providing heat to keep the water warm, whether you use it or not.

A tankless water heater, on the other hand, heats water as you need it and only as it passes through the heater on the way to your tap or shower. This ensures higher efficiency and less waste.

Our Customers Are Number One

At ServiceOne Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we treat our customers like family. From heating to cooling to plumbing, our expert team is always ready to help keep your home comfortable and functioning efficiently. Contact us today at (407) 499-8333 to learn more about how we can help you.

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