Energy Efficiency

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Home Improvement the Eco Friendly way
Keep Warm This Winter

Your family doesn’t have to suffer during the cold months when trying to be eco friendly.
You can cut propane and natural gas usage without developing a cold. I’m talking about Heat Pump systems.

Heat Pump Systems

Heat pumps offer an energy efficient substitute to furnaces. The heating pump will move warm heat from the outdoors and into your home. By doing this, the heat pump is just recycling heat versus regenerating its own heat, which saves a quarter of the cost of conventional heating systems. Now, doesn’t that money saver make you “warm and toasty”?

I’m liking the 30-40% electricity savings the heat pump provides, I no longer need to feel guilty for being warm. The kids also don’t have to listen to their parent’s discuss (argue) over the heating bill each month.

If your home doesn’t have a duct (used for HVAC), there are ductless versions out there called a mini-split heat pump.

Turning back the Thermostat

Wait a minute…hands off the thermostat. Yes, it’s good to turn back the thermostat but “too much of a good thing plays a role in this.”

Turning the thermostat back too far will just make the thermostat have to work extra harder when the need to heat the house up again comes. Investing in a programmable thermostat and setting it to be a certain temperature when you know you will not be home for a while will save energy and money. Don’t set it to where the temp will drop or increase drastically, just a few degrees or so is sufficient.

Another great option to have, especially if you live in a two-story home, is a multi-zone thermostat. This way you can set it to not warm the upstairs too much while you’re spending all of your time downstairs and vise versa, when it’s bedtime, the bedrooms and bathroom can stay warmer than the unused downstairs.

By just turning back the temperature on your programmable thermostat by 10 degrees for 8 hours can save you 5-15% a year on your heating bill. That can be almost the equivalent of 1% per 1 degree you set the temp back–again, just don’t drop the temp drastically as it will cost more to level the heat to the norm.