We here at Cirro Energy know that everybody wants his or her home to be as energy-efficient as possible. Not only does it help the environment, but it also saves money. So let’s take a look around your home and see if we can spot energy efficiencies in action.
Adjust the Water Heater Setting
One of the most common problems also happens to be one of the easiest to fix. Take a look at your water heater. You may find that it’s still set to the factory issued 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Lowering the setting on your hot water heater to 120 degrees will still provide comfortable hot water, and save up to 10 percent off your hot water heater’s total energy use each month.
Don’t Forget the Thermostat
Now, let’s consider the thermostat. Is it programmable, so you can set it so temperatures are cooler or warmer during different times of the day to coincide with your schedule? You may be very diligent, but manually setting your temperature is easy to forget, and you don’t want your A/C to be on full blast if you won’t be home for eight hours! If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you could be missing out on 15-20 percent a year in savings on your heating and cooling bills.
Check for Leaks
Next, it’s important to make sure your home is not leaking air or letting outside air in, so let’s try to detect any leaks around your home. Look for gaps around any pipes or wires, cable and phone lines, outlets, baseboards, and switches. Check to see if doors and windows seal when closed, and look for daylight around the frames of doors and windows. Check areas around the exterior of the home where two or more different building materials come together such as faucets, siding and brick junctures, and where foundation and exterior walls meet. If you have concerns that there are undetected leaks, you may even want to hire a professional to perform a blower test.
Inspect the Ductwork
Finally, take a look at your ductwork. It’s essentially the veins and arteries that move air throughout your home, so making sure it’s working efficiently is vital to maintaining the life of your HVAC system and managing heating and cooling costs. Two things to consider are insulation and airflow. If your ducts go through the attic or crawlspaces, you want to ensure that there is ample insulation surrounding them. You also want to make sure there is nothing in the way that will restrict the airflow in your ducts, much like a kink in a water hose will restrict the flow of water.
Now that you’re an expert inefficiency spotter, you know that fixing these seemingly small items can make a BIG difference in the long run. Cirro Energy is a company that cares about the community, and strives to help families find answers and information to make their lives a little easier. If you’re looking for low fixed rates, a commitment to customer service, and account management that works for you, you are in the right place with Cirro Energy. For more information, visit the www.cirroenergy.com. For a deeper connection, join Cirro Energy Facebook and on Twitter.