Here are 5 ways you can bring in the green while going green at the same time this year.
1. Get A More Efficient HVAC System
Installing a new furnace, boiler, or heat pump can work wonders on your monthly energy bill. Newer heating and cooling units have a much higher Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, which can save you 10% to 50% on energy, depending on the age of your current unit.
Furnaces dating from before 1992 and those that are near (or past) the end of their recommended life expectancies are particularly prone to inefficiency. The same can be said of AC units. An upgrade or repair may be the answer.
2. Keep Up On HVAC Maintenance This Year
Taking the time and effort to properly maintain your home heating and cooling system this year can have multiple benefits, including health benefits, cost savings, and peace of mind.
Changing the filter on your furnace/air conditioner every few months or whenever it needs it is key. A dirty filter hurts efficiency and home comfort levels. Signing up for a professional HVAC maintenance plan will simplify maintenance. Far better to follow an organized plan and not even have to think about it!
3. Get A Professional Energy Audit
You might be surprised at how much energy is being wasted in your home every day. You may need more insulation in your attic or walls, more efficient windows or doors, more efficient light bulbs (like CFLs), or repairs done on your HVAC ductwork.
Simpler solutions may help too, like planting more trees, shrubs, and plants around your building’s perimeter to gain shade. Wise use of shades and blinds can increase/decrease indoor temperatures. And ceiling fans can circulate conditioned air in a room and push heated air back down after it rises. These are just a few examples of simple ways to save.
4. Improve Your Hot Water System
In many cases, homeowners overlook the fact that their hot water heater is accounting for 10% to 20% of their home energy costs. This can be drastically reduced by installing a modern, more efficient hot water system.
On-demand hot water heaters, low flow faucets and fixtures, and insulation around your water pipes are just a few examples of how water-heating efficiency can be improved.
5. Don’t Miss Out On Tax Incentives
There are often federal, state, and local tax incentives available when you upgrade your home’s energy efficiency level. This could include rebates, tax credits, tax deductions, and more.
Talk to your local HVAC expert to find out the details of existing programs. This site also has some helpful factual information on energy-related incentives and benefits specific to the state of Florida.
For more information on how to save on heating, cooling, and your whole energy bill during the year ahead, contact East Coast Heating & AC for a free energy consultation and a free quote! We serve Port Orange and Central Florida with full heating services and more.