3 Ways To Save Money On Home Energy

 

 

3 Simple Ways to Save Money on Rising Energy Costs

Rising energy costs are affecting people worldwide after the COVID-19 pandemic, and many Americans have struggled to keep up with their monthly expenses. 

One-in-five Americans failed to pay their monthly heating bill in full at least once this past winter.

Nearly 30% of our fellow citizens reduced or went without basic needs such as food and medicine to pay their energy bills in the last year. 

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts continuing increases in energy costs in 2022. 

This trend has forced many Americans to look for ways to conserve energy not only to decrease their environmental impact but to lower their at-home energy costs. 

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient (With Actionable Steps) 

Luckily, there are ways to save money on rising energy bills by making your home more energy-efficient. 

Before going through the following steps, it is good to review your energy bill. The average electricity consumption is about 1000 kW/month. If yours is higher than this, you have great potential for future savings. 

1. Adjust the Temperature of Your Home 

Minor changes in your thermometer settings can save you money and help improve your home's energy efficiency. 

Here are a few ways to adjust the temperature to reduce at-home energy costs: 

  • Consider the location of your thermostat 
  • Set the thermostat to 68 degrees or lower during the winter 
  • Turn the thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer 
  • Make use of natural sunlight
  • Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees

Consider the location of your thermostat:

Keep your thermostat away from any areas where it may be exposed to extreme temperatures. These sudden temperature changes can trick the thermostat into believing the room is a lot hotter or colder than it is. 

Examples of extreme temperature areas can include: 

  • Near a door that can let in warm or cold air from the outside 
  • Close to windows that cast warm sunshine directly on the thermostat 
  • Outside a bathroom door where the thermostat can be exposed to warm steamy air 
  • Nearby TV sets or lamps, as these devices produce heat that could throw off thermostats sensors

Set the thermostat to 68 degrees or lower during the winter/Turn the thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer:  

Often people like to keep their thermometer at a set temperature to keep their heating and cooling systems from working too hard to get their home to a comfortable temperature. 

However, adjusting the set temperature while not at home can cut back on heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer. 

Homes that are energy efficient will hold a steady temperature for hours longer than homes which are not energy efficient.

Make use of natural sunlight:

Also, natural sunlight can help you keep your home warm in the winter. During the winter months, let the sunlight in to help warm rooms with plenty of windows. 

With proper window coverings such as blackout or UV curtains, blocking out those same windows during the summer can help you keep your home cooler.

If you windows are older, they are likely also not as efficient as modern windows. Premier Home Solutions is your local complete window replacement resource. Our windows were designed in house for maximum energy efficiency, and are Energy Star® certified. This means our window meet the governments highest standards for reducing air loss.

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Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees:

While thinking about temperature control in your house, check on your water heater. Adjusting the tank to 120 degrees is manageable for most homes. This adjustment also helps reduce accidental scalding and can slow the build-up of minerals in your water tank. 

Replace old or damaged insulation

The biggest ally to maintaining your homes temperature is the insulation. If your home is over 5 years old, it might be a good idea to examine the insulation in your home. Fiberglass insulation is not the best choice for todays homes. It was and still is widely used, but it can provide pests with nesting space, and loses its effectiveness if it gets wet.

Spray in cellulose insulation is great for attics that don't have enough insulation to begin with. Cellulose is more environmentally friendly than fiberglass insulation and more economical than other choices. It provides quality insulation in spaces where insulation can be allowed to settle.

Spray foam insulation is the most effective and also the most environmentally friendly option. Available in different types for each unique situation, spray foam can be used to seal air leaks and fill spaces that need insulation where settling would be a problem. It fills any cavity it is applied too and does not settle over time. This type of insulation can be added to attics and even sprayed into existing walls without requiring tearing apart drywall. The noise dampening and water proof nature of spray foam, are bonus qualities that cellulose and fiberglass insulation, do not offer.

2. Stop heated or cooled air from escaping your home

Let's face it, gaps in and around the house is one of the biggest contributors to waisted home energy. Heated or cooled air can escape a home easily through gaps in walls, around windows and other areas you might not think. Critters such as mice and spiders also use these gaps as if they had an open invitation.

The solution is to ensure all areas of your home are properly sealed. We offer a blower door test that allows our technicians to quickly identify where conditioned air is escaping your home. Our team will then create a plan to seal up these leaks for good.

The average home loses enough heated or cooled air through air gaps, it has been compared to leaving a window open year round. You wouldn't throw money out the window. Proper air sealing keeps that money in your pocket, and pays for itself over a few short years.

3. Schedule a Home Energy Audit

If you’ve completed the above steps and still need more ideas on how to increase your home's energy efficiency, then you should consider scheduling a home energy audit. 

Premier Home Solution's home energy audits identify problem areas in your home and allows us to make a plan to fit your budget, and maximize your return on investment.

While there are ways to DIY your home energy audit, it does require a lot of work and is often not as effective unless you are very familiar with the products and techniques the pros use. Scheduling a home energy audit with a professional company can help make sure you don’t miss any potential savings as well.

Plus, our BPI certified home energy auditors, have access to state of the art tools like infrared cameras, gadgets to detect drafts, and other energy issues with your home. Such issues may be caused by poor or damage insulation, out of date windows & doors, or even gaps in your home that allow heated air out and creepy crawly critters in.

According to Energy.gov, you can save an average of 10 - 20% on your annual energy costs if you address common issues found during home energy audits. These improvements Pay for themselves over time!

Schedule your free no obligation home energy consultation today!

Although rising energy costs can seem like an ongoing problem, we can help reduce your costs and upgrade your home's environmental footprint.

For more information and energy-saving resources, contact Premier Home Solutions today. 

 

Sources: 

Energy.gov - Thermostat Savings This Winter

The United States Census Bureau - Household Pulse Survey (housing 4 Week 39) 

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) - EIA forecasts higher U.S. heating bills this winter

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Energy Efficient Home Window

What are the Best Energy Efficient Windows?

Windows are one of the most important parts of your home’s energy efficiency. If your windows are old, don’t seal properly, or contain the outdated efficiency technology and innovations, you are throwing money out of, well, the windows. 

But what constitutes the best energy efficient windows, and where do you find them? Are they costly? And could they save your household money? 

We’ll give you a hint. Premier Home Solutions!

We designed our proprietary system in-house for maximum energy efficiency. Our windows have rated the most efficient on the market by Energy Star®. We offer a large selection of design choices and an industry-leading warranty. 

The Pillars of Energy Efficiency

All energy efficient windows have a number of things in common. The most efficient ones combine these innovations into one total package. 

Double or Triple Pane Design

Glass is a terrible insulator. In fact, it’s a great conductor. That is not ideal for energy efficiency. This can be mitigated by adding multiple panes of glass with an insulating gas between the panels to create a barrier between your home and the outside. All Premier Home Solutions windows are double or triple pane. If your windows are single pane, we always recommend replacing them immediately.    

Inert Gas 

The gas which fills your windows is also important. Standard air is good, but inert gas, such as argon, is better. Inert gasses provide better insulating value than other gases. At Premier Home Solutions we offer argon and air.  

Foam Filled cores

Just like your walls, windows should be filled with foam or other insulation for maximum efficiency. This means the sashes— the vinyl, metal, or wood part around the glass— should be filled with an insulating material. If your sashes are unfilled, you can be losing out on efficiency. All of PHS’s windows come with filled cores.  

Excellent seals 

This almost goes without saying, but if your windows don’t seal properly the rest of the points are moot. Having windows that don’t seal well is like having a leak in a submarine. It will cost you and your family an incredible amount of money literally being thrown out of the window. At PHS, we can test the seals on your windows for free. 

Top Materials 

Of course, the materials from which your windows are made are also important. You don’t want the materials themselves to transmit heat loss, which is why our windows are made aluminum-free and with fusion welded corners. 

Design

Like anything else, design can make or break a project. We’ve specifically designed our windows in-house to be the most energy efficient possible. In fact, our windows have been named most efficient on the market available to US consumers by Energy Star— the nonpartisan governmental rating agency— in 2020. 

Are Energy Efficient Windows Expensive?

Energy efficient windows can often save your household money in reduced energy bills, and often pay for themselves in energy efficiency over the lifetime of the windows. 

It's simple. For a modest investment, you and your family can save money each month on heating and cooling bills due to increased energy efficiency. Over time, that money adds up, and often totals more than households spend on the windows in the first place. As an added bonus, homes are almost always more comfortable in the meantime due to decreased drafts, decreased areas of temperature fluctuation, and are more soundproof. More efficient windows also means a lower carbon footprint.

Because we sell these windows factory direct — that is, we have not only designed them ourselves, but we make them ourselves too — we can sell them without the cost of a middleman. By manufacturing our windows and selling them directly to you, we are able to offer the absolute best in price as well as efficiency. 

Of course, our windows come in a wide variety of colors and styles, with all kinds of choices in hardware color and optional extras like pet-resistant screens and internal mini-blinds. 

Many homeowners are surprised just how reasonably priced these best windows can be. 

How to Get Started on the Path to Energy Efficient Windows? 

If you’d think you need new windows, or would like to see just how efficient your home is, give Premier Home Solutions a call. We’ll perform an absolutely free, absolutely no obligation home energy audit. This audit will tell us where your home is doing well in energy efficiency, and where improvement can be made. Energy efficient windows play a huge role in the efficiency of your home. 

Give us a call today to let us stop your hard earned money from blowing out the window.

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