Whether or not you believe in climate change is one thing, but the fact of the matter is: Reducing your energy consumption and ultimately your contribution to our carbon footprint is a win for everyone. Is this enough to save the planet? Probably not, but can it hurt any more than our current habits? Worst case scenario it doesn’t make a difference, best case it does for the better. Plus, having an energy efficient home is great for our wallets. By reducing your energy consumption and in some cases your dependency on the grid by installing the latest solar technology you can save thousands of dollars on your energy bills.
Check out the energy saving tips and technology below to help make your home more energy efficient, reduce your carbon footprint and save on your electricity bills!
Energy Efficiency Packages:
Most energy efficiency packages or EEP’s include a radiant barrier, window tint, solar attic fans, LED lightbulbs, Smart thermostat, improved insulation, eliminating roof cavities and foaming any airy openings around air ducts, attic space, etc. Investing in an EEP is a powerful way to reduce your homes energy consumption and in most cases is included in our solar power solutions unless your home already meets our Gold Star Energy standard. Having a qualified technician perform an energy audit can determine whether or not an EEP is right for you.
Smart phone apps:
New options today such as smart phone apps have allowed homeowners to control their appliances, lights and thermostat with the touch of a button on the go from anywhere in the world. Google Assistant or Amazons Alexa both are smart home assistants that allow for automation with routine assignments for your everyday tasks. Forgetting to turn off appliances when they are not in use is a thing of the past. Of course todays appliances are all energy star rated so it is a great idea to have efficient appliances installed if your kitchen or utilities are out of date. Smart phone apps also give homeowners the ability to monitor which smart appliances use the most electricity and when they are most often being used.
Power down smart devices:
Space heaters, air conditioners, lighting, washer and dryers, cooking gadgets, appliances, tv’s, gaming consoles, computers and humidity regulators all typically include options to automatically power-down when not in use. If you don’t have smart devices, you can simply purchase smart plug adapters for your devices which function in the same way.
Of course LED’s are most efficient while being slightly more expensive but lasting considerably longer. Installing smart lighting allows homeowners to set up timers, motion detectors and automatic dimmers to activate at set times during the day or through voice commands. Additional benefits of smart lighting is its ability to act as a deterrent to burglars by simulating presence in the home. *
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration HVAC systems account for 32% of a homes energy consumption on average. Outdated equipment or ill-spec equipment can waste a large amount of energy when not operating optimally or constantly running. Smart thermostats adjust the homes temperature based on occupancy as well as preference to reduce the time spent in operation. Bonus tip is having energy efficient ceiling fans. While ceiling fans don’t actually cool the air, they do move the air which causes a cooling effect thus allowing you to raise the temperature a few degrees on hotter days and give your A/C a little break while still being comfortable.
Operate your appliances in non-peak times:
Depending on your location, home owners can reduce their bills by using their appliances during times of the day that aren’t in high demand from the grid. For example most houses have washers, dryers and dishwashers going during the late evening hours which create peak demands for energy during that time period.
Perhaps the most effective way to reduce your homes power bill is by installing eco friendly solar panels. This option can be a big investment upfront (although financing and government incentives are available if you qualify) but the savings overtime far outweigh the cost of installation. Plus, solar powered systems do not give off any harmful emissions! Going solar is a simple process and can be beneficial both financially and environmentally but unfortunately not everyones home makes sense for solar power. We make it easy to find out if solar is right for you just give us a call 804-912-3814 or send your power bill to Service@SunlightSolarVirginia.com for a free proposal.