Many people are looking for ways to reduce energy consumption and live a greener lifestyle a little bit at a time. There are various ways to accomplish this without spending a lot of money. Here are a few ideas you can implement over time that will help you to reduce your carbon footprint and save money without sacrificing your comfort.
Energy Star Appliances
Heating and cooling systems that carry a high SEER rating are much more efficient than older systems. They use less electricity and operate more efficiently to maintain the comfort levels in the home while saving money. For maximum efficiency and reduced energy consumption, consider a system that uses a variable-speed fan. Variable-speed fans save money because one fan operates continuously at a slower speed. This facilitates more even cooling and reduces energy consumption not running at full speed all day long.
Energy Efficient Windows
Another way to save energy is by installing energy efficient windows. Double-paned or insulated windows allow light in, but reduces heat transfer through the glass. These windows also reduce heat loss in the winter. If your current budget will not allow for new windows there are ways you can make your current windows more energy efficient. One way is to use windows film that reduces the transfer by reflecting the sun’s rays away from the glass. Tinted window film allows light in but also provides privacy for the home’s occupants. A mirrored film allows you to see out but prevents anyone from seeing in providing a high level of privacy and security for teenagers home alone.
Passive Heating and Cooling
Passive heating and cooling occurs when the sun’s rays streaming in through windows heats up the room. For those looking to live a greener lifestyle, natural heat sources are good for the environment and for the homeowner’s budget. Passive heating comes from the natural light comes in through windows and sky lights. To make use of natural heat, simply open all your curtains and make sure no furniture blocks the sun from shining in. Likewise, passive cooling is bringing the natural cool air indoors by the use of fans and windows. During the hottest part of the day cover windows with a heavy curtain or shade and open them in the evening when temperatures go down.
Generate Your Own Energy
One method of solar heating is by use of skylights and solar panels. Solar panels collect the sun’s energy turn it into electricity to power appliances in the home. The cost of solar panels varies and depends on whether you have a professional install or purchase a kit and do it yourself. Premade solar panels can cost up to 900 dollars and entire system can cost around 25,000 dollars. Purchasing tickets and building your own solar panel will cost around 200 dollars per panel. So it all depends on your budget and how much you can spend. There are programs where you can sell back some of your electricity to the power company. This reduces dependence on fossil fuels and puts some money back in your pocket.
If you would like to know more about energy saving appliances and how to heat and cool your home for less, contact ABA Heating and Cooling for more information. Our Nate-certified technicians can evaluate your current system and make recommendations how you can upgrade to a newer, more energy-efficient system. We are your source ac repair in Austin. We also carry and service all major brands. Call us today to find out how you can save more money and live greener.