Energy Conservation TipsRon's Appliance Heating & Air, Inc.
At Ron’s Appliance, Heating & Air, Inc. we realize the demand for energy conservation. With this in mind, we have turned to the experts at The United States Department of Energy for their advice to help save valuable dollars on your utility expenses. If you have any questions or we can assist you in any way, please contact Ron’s Appliance, Heating & Air, Inc. at 916-224-3921.
Heating & Cooling
Heating and cooling your home accounts for approximately 56% of the energy use in your home. This percentage makes heating and cooling the largest energy expense for most homes. At Ron’s Appliance, Heating & Air, Inc. we can offer you a variety of high-efficiency HVAC systems components that will provide you with real savings on your heating and cooling bills.
Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed. Also, make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
Clean and replace filters on your heating and cooling system once a month or as needed.
Be sure to use fans during the summer to create a wind-chill effect that will make your home more comfortable. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F without compromising comfort.
Turn off kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing to retain heated air.
Consider installing a programmable thermostat that can be adjusted according to your schedule. ENERGY STAR® labeled products can cut your energy bills by up to 30%.
Insulate your hot water heater and hot water pipes to prevent heat loss.
Insulate heating ducts in unheated areas such as attics and crawl spaces and keep them in good repair to prevent heat loss of up to 60% at the registers.
Appliances & Electronics
Your appliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20% of your energy bills. These appliances and electronics include everything from clothes washers and dryers to computers, to water heaters. By shopping for appliances with the ENERGY STAR® label you can achieve real savings in your monthly energy bill.
- Try air drying dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- Be sure to clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
- Consider air-drying clothes on clotheslines.
- Consider buying a laptop when you buy your next computer. Your new laptop will use less energy.
- Do not over-dry your clothes.
- Dry towels and heavier kinds of cotton in a separate load from the lighter-weight clothes.
- Use power strips for home electronics.
- Turn off computers when not in use.
Water heating can account for 14% – 25% of the energy consumed in your home. You can reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting a water heater for your home or pool and by using some energy-efficient water heating strategies.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120° F.
- A solar water heater may provide tax credits or rebates.
- Consider a heat pump water heater.
- Buy a new energy-efficient water heater.
- If you are heating a swimming pool, consider a swimming pool cover.
A well-designed landscape not only adds beauty to your home but it also reduces your heating and cooling costs. Typically, landscaping for energy efficiency provides enough energy savings in return in less than 8 years. If you were already planning to landscape, these tips provide ways to beautify your home while saving on your monthly energy bill.
Plant trees to shade your home, reducing your cooling costs in the summer months. Typically, newly planted trees will begin shading windows in their first year and will reach your roof within 5-10 years.
Planting shrubs, bushes, and vines next to your house creates dead air spaces that insulate your home in both winter and summer.
During the winter months, dense, low-lying trees and shrubbery on the north and northeast sides of your home can help protect your home against wind chill.
Each of use at Ron’s Appliance, Heating & Air, Inc hopes that you find these tips helpful and that you take advantage of some of these money-saving ideas. If you have any questions or we can assist you in any way, please contact us at 916-224-3921. For your convenience, you may also request services from this site.
Thank you for your interest in Ron’s Appliance Heating & Air, Inc. We look forward to serving you in the near future.