If you want to trim your household energy expenses, you can start by making sure that the electronic devices you use are as energy efficient as possible. The government's Energy Star program can provide you with the information and guidelines you need to make informed choices when buying new or replacement products.
Your home may not have ghosts, ghouls, and werewolves, but it probably has vampires — energy vampires, that is. These energy-wasters are very common in modern households. Here are ways to identify energy vampires and what to do about them.
As a resourceful homeowner, you've probably thought of different ways to save energy and keep your Fort Wayne home comfortable. Professional HVAC maintenance is a good idea each spring and fall, and so is sealing the air leaks in your home's envelope. If you find you still can't keep your home comfort up and your energy bills down, maybe it's time to take a second glance at window treatments.
Not all of the rooms in your Fort Wayne home are created equal — at least, not when it comes to heating and cooling demand. Your bedrooms need more attention during the night, for example, while you may have a guest room that's only in use once in a while, and a home office that needs heating and cooling during daylight hours. With a traditional central HVAC system, you can heat or cool your entire house or none of it. A home zoning system, by contrast, offers more flexibility on how to manage your home.
Even as summer winds down, the continued warm weather means most people still turn to their air conditioners for relief. The biggest downside to this is that cooling bills can remain high until nature offers more pleasant days. Using ceiling fans throughout the home will help keep you cooler and can reduce your air conditioner's workload. Here’s more about that.
Long, sunny days in the summer increase the amount of heat gain inside your home and increase cooling costs. Solar shades offer a cost-effective and simple solution to blocking some of that sunshine that will lower indoor temperatures.
Your energy bills can increase dramatically when you're running the A/C or heat pump over the summer months. If you'd like to reduce your consumption and lower your utility bills without sacrificing comfort, try these energy saving tips.
Are you interested in determining your home's energy efficiency? If so, you should consider learning about the home energy rating system (HERS) index and how your home scores. This professional analysis of a home's energy efficiency is used to qualify it for the Energy Star label, energy-efficient mortgage (EEM), and certain tax incentives and rebates. After your home qualifies for these benefits, you'll have an easier time selling it. However, if you don't want to sell, a low HERS index means you'll be saving on energy, with probable comfort benefits too.
If your home's thermostat is like those in most homes, the fan setting is probably on "auto," which seems to be the default in most systems. But that begs the question, what does the "on" setting mean? This isn't an idle question since setting your thermostat fan one way or the other can make a big difference in energy bills and home comfort.
Does your programmable thermostat baffle you? The controls can be confusing if you don't understand how to program them, or how to get the most out of that programming. Programmable thermostats are designed to help you operate your HVAC system efficiently. Here's how that can happen in your home.
Keeping your energy usage as low as possible can significantly reduce your utility costs, allowing you to spend more money actually enjoying the spring weather in Fort Wayne. Here are a few simple ways to save more energy at home:
Maximizing energy savings in your home requires a concerted effort to actually conserve more energy. Read through these common home energy myths to make sure your energy-saving efforts don’t go unrewarded.
The thermostat fan, which controls the HVAC fan for both heating and air conditioning functions in your Fort Wayne area home, generally has two settings, "on" or "auto." In these modern times with the focus on having an HVAC system provide total comfort as efficiently as possible, questions can arise about the best thermostat fan setting. Here are a few tips to consider that may help you decide which setting is right:
In homes heated by a furnace, setting the temperature back at night ensures energy savings. That’s not necessarily the case with a heat pump, however. In order to avoid turning on the backup electric resistance heat during the recovery period (when the unit is working to get back to your comfort temperature), the heat pump's thermostat needs to work in a special way.
If you have a couple of hours free this weekend, you can do a quick check of your home for sources of heat loss. It doesn’t take much time to identify and fix these common issues, and the savings can really add up.
Shopping around for a new furnace this season? When you want to increase home comfort and decrease energy bills, consider a two-stage furnace. The gas valve inside such a furnace has two settings, one for high and one for low. When weather is milder, it sends less gas into the burner.
A programmable thermostat is a great tool to help you save energy usage and money if you use it correctly. It's not so great if you don't. Here are some programming guidelines for your thermostat to get the most out of it:
Energy-conscious consumers know that having quality insulation and double-paned storm windows can reduce heating and cooling costs. However, it's easy to forget that keeping energy costs down requires you to regularly review your home for air leaks and any places where air sealing is necessary.