In this and next weeks’ blogs I take a look at home energy efficiency. Last year, our average electric bill for our 2550 square foot home averaged $161 a month-I am told that is good…In the next two weeks my blogs will explain what we have done and will do to lower our electric bill.
As you may know my home is going on 18 years of age and one thing I noticed as a realtor, after a client’s home inspection, some homes that were built before 2000 do not have the ideal R factor code for insulation in the attic. When our house was built 2001, the R factor was 30. Today’s code calls for R 38. Thinking we needed more insulation in the attic, I called Suncoast Insulators and talked to them about having insulation blown into the attic. They suggested I first check out Duke Energy’s FREE Home Energy Assessment where you can receive rebates for updates to your home’s energy efficiency. Art and I spent about 45 minutes with the Duke’s representative. We learned a lot about how to save money on our electric bill.
The easy things:
Our great room ceiling fan was operating in the wrong direction: Be sure ceiling fans are on the counter clockwise direction for supplemental cooling, and reverse the fan
(when ceiling is 10 or higher) to move warm air up and around. Turn off fans when not in the room!
RAISE AC up to 80-81 when gone from home for
more than 2 hours to save energy and money!!
Install more energy saver LED bulbs. Lighting is 10% of the electric bill.
Our attic insulation was sufficient…but to come: an inspection of our duct system! ($30)
Our dual pane windows are good—but we could add tint to them, especially the western exposure side.
Check window and door frames for air drafts…
Keep the AC filters clean.
Replace old appliances with high efficiency models. Look for the energy star.
Install insulation “seals” on outside outlets and switches. In fact, when you go through the Energy assessment, Duke leaves you a box of goodies that contains the seals as well as: an energy efficient shower head, faucet aerators, a thermometer for your refrigerator/ freezer. Refrigerators should be 35-38 degrees and freezers 0 degrees, adhesive backed foam weatherstripping for doors and windows to stop drafts, (2) lamp LED lightbulbs, pipe tape to prevent leaks in sh
ower arm, showerheads and threaded tub spouts and a hot water gauge card: If your water temperature is above 120-130 degrees, consider lowering it to save. For every 10 degrees F you reduce the temperature, you can save between 3-5 percent on water heating costs.
NEXT WEEK: Technology to save you money on your electric bills….
For a Free Home Energy Check call 866-821-5343.