5 Ways Aberdeen Homeowners Can Save This Winter
- December 27, 2015
With higher heating bills and holiday expenses, many homeowners in Aberdeen, NC and surrounding areas are looking for ways to save. Saving energy is one of the best ways to cut high bills and improve your comfort. It also lowers carbon emissions, helping the environment. Here are 5 ways you can save this winter.
1. Adding Solar Panels
If you have enough solar panels, you can generate all the energy your home needs. Many types look like shingles or tiles and they come in a variety of colors and sizes. You can install solar panels over your entire roof or add a few solar panels in a yard or garden. Either way, the investment will eventually generate enough energy to pay for itself.
2. Buying New Appliances
You can also save money over time by replacing major appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers that are more than about 15 years old. Replacing an appliance that’s just a few years old usually isn’t worth it unless it needs an expensive repair. When it’s time for a replacement, make sure you choose the right size for the most savings. The federal government requires most appliances to display an EnergyGuide label with the annual energy consumption and operating cost. This makes comparison shopping for new appliances much easier. The ones with the Energy Star label are most efficient.
3. Improving Insulation
Insulation keeps your home from losing heat in winter, but its effectiveness decreases over time. Pests and bad weather can create gaps, and mold and mildew often grow, decreasing indoor air quality. Types of insulation like fiberglass and cellulose can settle over time. Replace old, ineffective insulation with more efficient materials that can seal leaks or gaps. If you don’t have insulation in your walls, you can spray foam or cellulose for better efficiency.
Insulation that’s more effective has a higher thermal performance or R value. The R value is the temperature difference between your home and the outside air divided by the heat flux. The heat flux is the speed that heat travels through the insulation.
4. Adding a Programmable Thermostat
You can easily save money by setting your thermostat a few degrees lower during winter. A programmable thermostat can help you save even more. Set it to lower the temperature when you’re at work or asleep, and then raise it again before you wake up or come home. Some models even have internet access, and you can control them from your smartphone or computer. That way, you can make changes whenever they’re necessary so your home is always comfortable.
Use a zoning system, a programmable thermostat with multiple zones, to concentrate heating or cooling in specific areas of your home. This is best if your house is large or it has more than one story. Most people use some parts of their homes, like the basement or the guest room, less than others. Heating those areas less saves energy without sacrificing comfort.
5. Having Your Heating System Serviced Regularly
You can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by having your heating system serviced at least once per year. Regular inspections will keep your system running at peak efficiency for as long as possible. You’ll be able to have any worn or damaged parts replaced before they get worse and waste lots of energy. If you have a central heating system, you should also seal any gaps in ducts. Comfort Services, Inc. uses special air flow equipment to detect leaks. After sealing them, we test your ductwork again to make sure that it’s as efficient as possible.
Replace your air filter at least every 90 days. Heating and air conditioning systems have to work harder to push air through clogged filters. Remove debris like leaves, twigs, and grass clippings from the outdoor parts of heating systems about once per month.
Schedule a Home Performance Evaluation with Comfort Services, Inc. for customized recommendations on how to save money and energy. Our technicians are courteous and factory trained. For excellent 24-hour emergency service, call (910) 695-2665.
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