Top Ten Ways To Save on Home Energy Costs
As the cost of living gets higher it’s becoming increasingly important to analyze our biggest energy expenses. If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably become quite the energy-saving expert. But did you know that solar power is not the only remedy for your high energy bills? Sure, it’s a fundamental part of any energy efficiency effort, but there are many other steps you can take to drastically reduce your utility bills. Keep reading and learn how you can save thousands of dollars at home.
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- Solar Pool Heating – A solar pool heater can extend your swimming season, and provide more comfortable temperatures for swimming. A solar heater can raise a pool’s temperature by 10-15 degrees. The solar collectors are typically made of plastic or metal, and water is circulated through the panels, where it is heated up by the sun’s rays. A return line takes the warm water back to the pool. A typical pump will send all the water in a pool through the collectors twice in 24 hours. Panels are installed on the roof or on the ground, where they are mounted to a racking structure facing southwards to maximize heat gain from the sun’s rays.
- Energy Star Exterior Windows – In Southern California, replacing old windows with Energy Star certified windows lowers household energy bills by an average of 31%. If your home is uncomfortably hot, it could be due to your standard double paned windows, which can transfer 75% of the sun’s heat into your home. By contrast, Energy Star windows will reduce the heat gain transfer into your home, allowing the room to stay cooler without reducing light. Energy Star windows are specially coated to prevent the transfer of UV light through the window. Contact Titan for a free assessment of Energy Star window replacement for your home.
- Cool Wall Coatings – A study conducted by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory found that Coolwall coatings can reduce home cooling costs by as much as 21.9%. Coolwall is a type of exterior paint coating that reflects the infrared portion of the sun’s rays, and keeps the exterior surface of the building cooler, which means less heat is transferred to the interior of the building, which saves energy costs. Contact Titan for a free cool wall coating assessment for the exterior of your home.
- Efficient Lighting – Utilizing more efficient lighting can save energy costs. For example, retrofitting your home with LED Lights or compact fluorescent lights can save up to 20% off your electric bill. Also, the installation of skylights adds natural lighting to dark areas of the home, and replacing the need for day lighting in many cases. ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs use only 20%–25% of the energy of a traditional incandescent light, and last up to 25 times longer than the traditional bulbs they replace. Contact Titan for a free lighting efficiency audit of your home.
- Cool Roof – cool roofs are designed to reflect more sunlight, and absorb less heat, than a standard roof by applying a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles. When the pigments in the paint reflect sunlight, the cool roof also protects the roof’s surface from conducting heat to the interior of the building, which reduces the need for air conditioning, and reduces costs. Contact Titan for a free cool roof assessment for your home.
- Solar PV System – Since solar energy from the sun is free, all we have to do is capture the sun’s energy, and we have free electricity. Solar PV panels make DC electricity from the sun’s rays, and the DC electricity runs through wires to an inverter, where the electricity is changed to AC power and is available to be used by your household appliances. When you purchase a solar PV system for your home, you can also take advantage of the Federal 30% tax credit. Once your panels are installed, your energy costs remain the same year after year, while the cost of utility electricity goes up an average of 4-5% per year. Your resale home value will go up, according to a report from LBNL, it was estimated that each 1-kilowatt (kW) increase in rooftop solar system size adds $5,911 to a home’s resale value. Contact Titan for a free solar PV assessment for your home.
- Radiant Barriers – Radiant barriers are reflective insulating “blankets” that are typically installed in your attic, laid over your existing insulation like a blanket or stabled under your rafters or crawl space. The radiant barriers protect the ceiling insulation from the heat that would otherwise radiate downward from the hot roof heated by the sun, which can reduce the temperature in the attic space up to 17% or more on very hot days (according to a study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory). The result is that the AC ducts located in the attic will not get as hot, so the AC doesn’t have to work as hard to cool the air. Contact Titan for a free radiant barrier assessment of your attic space.
- Energy Star Air Conditioning – What does “Energy Star” mean? If a product earns the Energy Star rating, it means that product has been tested, and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. When you purchase an Energy Star rated AC unit, you will save energy, save money, and do your part to save the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Star certified room air conditioners use about 15% less energy than conventional models, which could mean a savings of about $85 over the lifetime of the unit, on average. An Energy Star rated AC unit often includes timers for better temperature control, which allows you to use the minimum amount of energy needed to cool your room. Contact Titan for a quote to replace your AC unit with a more energy efficient, Energy Star rated AC unit.
- Insulated Ducts – Ducts are the tubular metal shafts in your homes walls, ceilings, and floors that carry heated air from your furnace, or cooled air from the central AC unit, to the vents in your home. Ducts that have cracks and leak, can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20 percent, and can add hundreds of dollars a year to your heating and cooling bills. When the duct leaks are sealed, and the ducts insulated, it is much more efficient, lowers your energy bills, and can often pay for itself in energy savings.
- High Efficiency Variable Speed Pool Pump – A“variable-speed” pool pump is critical to maximizing pool energy efficiency. In contrast to a standard “single-speed” pump, a variable-speed model alternates between slow and fast modes to optimize energy use throughout the day, reducing pump electricity consumption by up to 75%. Most people run the pool pump far longer than is needed for clean water, so it’s best to determine the minimum required run-time for the pool pump, and stick with that. An Energy Star certified pool pump can run at different speeds and be programmed to match the pool operation with its appropriate pool pump speed. The energy saved is considerable; reducing pump speed by one-half allows the pump to use just one-eighth as much energy. Energy Star certified pool pumps will: save you over a thousand dollars over their lifetime, pay for themselves in less than 2 years, run quieter, and prolong the life of your pool’s filtering system.