Energy Upgrades That Actually Save You Money
You’ve probably seen them — those “easy energy saving tips” that promise you lower energy bills. Sure, lowering your water heater temperature, switching to LED lightbulbs, and using your oven less often can lower your energy usage over time. But when you are looking to make a big dent in your monthly energy bill, these tips just don’t seem to cut it.
If you are looking to really make a long term, lasting impact on your energy usage, it’s going to require making some upgrades to your home’s efficiency. In our experience making homes in southeastern New York more energy efficient, we have found these upgrades to be the most effective at saving our customers money in the long term.
Air Duct Sealing
Your ducting system is the “highway” of your home comfort system. As your air conditioner or furnace pushes air through your ducting system to the rooms of your home, it could be losing that precious conditioned air to your attic. Not only are you then relying on your system to work much harder than it needs to (increasing its wear and tear), but your hard earned money is also just floating away into the uninhabited areas of your home.
When your air ducts are properly sealed, you minimize the energy lost and improve your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). Using smoke machines and a Duct Blaster, we can identify where the problematic leaks are in your ducting and get your home comfort system running at its best.
Insulation and Air Sealing
Your home has a thermal envelope that keeps you comfortable no matter what the temperature is outside. This envelope is made up of two parts: the thermal boundary (your insulation) and the pressure boundary (an air barrier). These two system work together to keep your home both warm in the winter and cold in the summer.
Sealing any and all leaks in your home prevents your home’s air from seeping in or out, and proper insulation locks in your home’s temperature. This means no more wasting energy by losing air out of your attic or through your home’s walls.
Ductless Mini Split
Technological advances in home comfort and energy upgrades have made keeping your home comfortable much easier. The rise of the ductless mini split (or mini split heat pump) is the perfect example.
A mini split unit is made up of two parts: an indoor unit that is mounted on a wall, floor, or ceiling, and an outdoor unit. The two are connected without any of the previously mentioned, inefficient ductwork. This means a mini split can provide both hot and cold conditioned air, with extreme efficiency.
You can use a mini split heat pump to lessen the load for your central air conditioning system, or you can install multiple mini splits to heat and cool your entire home.
Installing a photovoltaic energy system (solar panels on your roof or ground) or a solar hot water system in your home can provide a large portion of your home’s electricity and hot water needs — and virtually eliminate some or all of your electricity bill. This renewable energy system harnesses the power of the sun to keep your home running, without you having to pay your power utility company unpredictable rates throughout the year.
Healthy Home™ Energy & Consulting can get your home fitted with a solar energy system to fit your exact needs. We can also get you connected to the right tax credits and incentives to save you up to 50% on upfront installation costs.
The Bottom Line: We Can Lower Your Energy Bill
At Healthy Home™ Energy & Consulting, we stand behind our work — so much so, that when you schedule an energy audit with us, we guarantee that we can make your home at least 40% more energy efficient using non-invasive home energy upgrades.
It’s time to start really saving on your monthly energy bill. Rest easy knowing the experts at Healthy Home™ Energy & Consulting have got you covered.