Summer in Corpus Christi means high energy bills as you keep your home cool. Investing now in home energy upgrades won’t just cut your cooling bills, though; they will also reduce your spending and keep you more comfortable year-round. Here are some ideas on how to reduce energy spending in your home.
Make Your Home Airtight
Air leaks carry cool air out and draw outside heat in, and they can also allow humidity to infiltrate wall cavities and cause mold and mildew issues. Seal air leaks, especially around windows and doors, to lock in your indoor temperature.
Turn Down the Water Heater
Most residential water heaters keep their water at scalding temperatures. Turning it down to 120 degrees or so will reduce the risk of scalding and use less energy overall.
Switch to a Programmable Thermostat
Most households have eight or so hours when home are empty as everyone’s at work or school, and another eight or so hours when the household is asleep. Cutting back on cooling and heating during those times can save money, and a programmable thermostat takes the hassle out of resetting the temperature multiple times a day.
Upgrade to High-Efficiency Appliances
While they may cost more upfront, most high-efficiency appliances will pay for themselves in savings well within their projected life span. You can also look for system upgrades that further boost efficiency. Variable-speed motors, for example, deliver more even cooling no matter the set temperature and save you money as well.
Install Tankless Water Heaters
Tank or storage heaters continually lose heat to their environment, meaning that the heat has to be replenished in the tank and your home warms slightly around them. A tankless water heater eliminates standby heat loss and doesn’t contribute to household warming.
For more information about these or other home energy upgrades, call us at Mathews CCAC Inc! We’ve helped Corpus Christi area homeowners meet their energy goals since 1979.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about reducing energy usage and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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