There are several opportunities for most home owners to lower energy costs, which is ultimately what we are wanting to accomplish. There are no cost opportunities, low cost opportunities and more major upgrades. A thorough energy audit of your home should be done by a certified energy professional for more accurate results designed just for your home. Go to your local natural gas or electric utility web page or visit www.beapfl.org to find a trained professional.
Due to the general nature of your question and not knowing anything about your home here are some answers they may benefit you.
No Cost Improvements:
- Practice turning things off!
- Ceiling fans should only run when someone is in the room to benefit.
- Use power strips to turn off TV & Cable Box overnight or when not in use.
- Turn off computers and other electronics equipment when not in use.
- Make sure you thermostat is set properly. 78* in cooling season and 68* for heat. Use a programmable thermostat to control temperatures when no one is home.
- Make sure your water heater is set at 120*.
Low Cost Improvements:
- Air seal all ceiling penetrations, i.e. under recessed lighting, HVAC vents, etc. Use spray foam or caulk. Most air leaks in FL homes are at the ceiling plane.
- Upgrade ceiling insulation to R-30.
- Professionally seal your HVAC ducts with mastic.
- Consider upgrading to a natural gas tankless water heater (check for rebates from your utility)
- When your HVAC system needs replaced upgrade to a 15 SEER. Each SEER improvement will save approximately 10% on cooling costs.
- Rather than replacing windows, consider a Low E window film. Low E reflects the solar heat and keeps it from entering your home.
These things will put you on the path to a more energy efficient home!
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