In the last article, we talked about energy saving tips that are inexpensive or free to implement, that can help you cut down on electricity consumption big time. Thus, saving you money each month. (To read this article click here).
Energy efficiency and conservation is the name of the game these days. The more you do it, the more it benefits you and your wallet. Including the environment, off course.
This week we will cover energy savings tips that require a bit more money to implement. You can look at the money to be spent as more of an investment that brings you a return in the long run, rather than just as cost. The amount of time to enjoy a full return on your investment may vary with each energy saving tip. But in the long run, you will see the value of your home increase, and the energy savings translated into lower monthly power bills. Plus, peace of mind that you are doing your bit to protect the environment.
More Energy Conservation Tips
So here are a few more energy savings tips for your home that we recommend:
Plant trees sunny side of your home. Trees take some years grow to full maturity, (some grow faster than others) and once grown they can provide shade on the sunny side of your house. So consider planting trees especially if you plan to stay at your current house for a long time to come.
Use shades, drapes, and blinds inside your home to block the sun from overheating the inside of your house. This prevents your air conditioner from working harder to cool your house. Thus, saving energy and keeping your power consumption and monthly bill low.
Repair leaky air ducts. By repairing, even replacing leaky air vents, you can reduce your energy costs considerably. You should also regularly clean your air ducts to improve indoor air quality. It’s during this time when cleaning your vents, that an ac technician can check your ducts to make sure nothing is wrong, and thus discover if you have leaky air ducts.
Did you know you can replace the windows in your home with high-performance windows? High-performance windows come equipped/layered with double-glazing and spectrally selective coatings. This special glazing helps reduce the amount of heat energy from the sun coming inside your home. These windows are very efficient, and the end result is that your AC systems doesn’t work harder to cool your home. So your heating and cooling system runs less often, and thus uses less energy. These high tech windows can also help eliminate hot spots in your house. If you install these high performance windows you can qualify for a government rebate or tax credit.
Apply reflective coating on your roof. Reflective coating on your roof has the benefit of not only reducing the amount of heat from the sun entering your house, but they also make you roof last longer. So on the financial side, you may not need to replace you roof for a very long time to come, and your air conditioning systems doesn’t need to worker harder or run longer to cool your home. If you need to replace your roof, consider a roof with an Energy Star rating.
Hope you enjoyed and were informed by our energy saving tips. Remember to look at them as an investment that you get to enjoy the returns from, for a long time to come. And they may also increase the value of your home, if you ever decide to sell down the road.
If you need AC maintenance, purchasing and installing new ac systems, home/building insulation installation, duct cleaning, and indoor air quality testing, you can contact SRQ AC below. We service residents and businesses in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, Nokomis, & Siesta Key Florida.