According to the federal Energy Star program's Home Advisor
, Hampton Roads area homeowners can achieve energy savings of up to 30 percent -- without sacrificing comfort or convenience -- by making their homes more energy efficient. Want to know how? Then check out these energy-savings tips:
- If your home has air leaks, your air conditioner and furnace may be trying to heat and cool all of Virginia. Sealing air leaks in the attic, basement or walls can lead to significant energy savings.
- Air ducts are also known for being leaky; it is not uncommon for them to lose 20 percent of the heating and cooling energy your HVAC system puts out. Have the ducts professionally sealed, and you can eliminate that waste.
- If your home sits empty for at least a few hours each day, you could save money by adjusting your thermostat during those times to cut back on air conditioning and heating. Or, simply install a programmable thermostat to do the work for you.
- Is your home's insulation up to standards? For the Chesapeake area, it is strongly recommended that homes have R-38 insulation in the attic, and R-13 in the exterior walls and basement.
- If your HVAC equipment is a bit on the old side, it likely is not all that energy-efficient. Technology and industry standards have increased over the past several years, leading to new air conditioners and furnaces that can do the same job while using much less electricity or gas. Such high-efficiency HVAC equipment can sometimes more than pay for itself in long-term energy savings.
- Old water heaters can also be energy hogs. Investing in a high-efficiency condensing or tankless water heater can cut such energy consumption by 30 percent.
- Look for the Energy Star label whenever buying new appliances or building materials; it is the quick and easy way to know you are getting something that will save you energy compared to standard equipment.
For more information on any of these tips, or for a professional evaluation of your home to see where your biggest energy savings opportunities lie, contact us at Russell's Heating & Cooling
in Chesapeake. We'll be happy to help.
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