Test Your Home for Excess Energy Users

HVAC energy usageAccording to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), heating and cooling the interior of America’s residential homes accounted for a combined 421 billion kWh of electricity in 2018. That represents roughly 29% of the total energy usage for that year.

Clearly, HVAC energy usage represents a large portion of the average monthly utility bill. Substituting some of your appliances for more energy efficient models can lower your costs without sacrificing living standards. Here are some of the most common appliances that might be draining your utility budget.

Central Cooling and Heating Systems

The automated indoor climate appliances we use to keep our homes comfortable throughout the seasons makes the single largest impact on HVAC energy usage. Use these tips from the EIA to minimize energy loss due to leaky ductwork.

Water Heaters

Heating water for grooming, cooking, and cleaning is the next largest drain on our energy resources. The US Department of Energy estimates the average home commits 18% of their monthly electrical use to water heating. The use of tankless water heaters signficantly decreases the amount of electricity needed to produce hot water for most daily tasks.

Refrigerators

Today’s refrigerators are equipped with high-capacity freezers and convenience gadgets that drive up their kilowatt consumption. Many factors affect the overall efficiency of your refrigerator. Use this tool from EnergyStar to understand how much your food storage appliances put onto your utility payments.

Washers and Dryers

Beyond the hot water needed to wash items, washers and dryers use immense amounts of energy in the operation of the mechanisms that make them useful. Follow common sense rules to reduce your laundry habits’ effects on your monthly bill.

  • Never wash less than a full load.
  • Keep your coils clean.
  • Always use the lowest possible heat setting.

Lighting

The type and amount of lightbulbs you use has a visible impact on your overall energy usage. Choose LED (light-emitting diode) or CFL (compact florescent lamp) lightbulb for lighting that doesn’t strain your power budget.

NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating provides residential services in the Martin County, Palm Beach County, and Indian River County areas of Florida state. We can help you optimize your home’s HVAC energy usage without sacrificing comfort. Contact us to learn more about increasing your home’s HVAC energy usage.

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