Energy Saving Tips & Tricks
Did you know, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the typical American family spends $1,300 a year on energy costs? Everyone knows living in Southwest Florida those numbers could be astronomical in the summer months. Luckily, we are here to help. As the summer months are soon upon us it is the best time to takes measures to save money on energy costs. We have some tips and tricks that not only help you save money but may add value to your home.
The biggest things you need to remember in the health and efficiency of your air conditioning unit are maintenance and maintenance! Changing your air filters improve the efficiency and air flow. This will lead to overall lower energy bills and a more comfortable home. Also consider a maintenance contract. Many air conditioning companies such as AC Tech Professionals ,serving the Lee and Collier County, have various maintenance plans for different budgets. There are many benefits of a maintenance contract. The biggest benefit is the scheduled maintenance visits can find issues before they become a problem or a costly fix.
There are windows for all types of climates. Colder climates would want to make sure they have gas filled low-emissivity windows. These windows help prevent losing all that valuable heat. Here in Southwest Florida We need to make sure that strong sun does not cook us! Energy-efficient window films come in different grades to allow different interior appearances and energy saving levels.
Some of the BIGGEST energy hogs are old refrigerators, washer, dryers, and dishwashers. Energy efficient appliances are huge in the fight against your energy bill. Some utility companies will even give you rebates for having Energy Star appliances! Not sure what qualifies to be an Energy Star appliance, just go to EnergyStar.gov for a list of brands and models that meet those standards. Having new appliances in your home can increase your resale value as well!
Why not harness all that sun power with solar panels. The Sunshine State is the perfect place to install solar panels. Our favorite way to use solar panels is to heat your pool. Heating your pool is a bit of a luxury especially when it is usually so warm down here. But some homes are not lucky enough to have all the south facing sun to naturally warm up their pool.
If you are not ready to make the big repairs but still want to take the first step in saving money on energy bills, start with light bulbs. There are various styles and colors to suite all needs and preferences. The most common energy saving bulbs are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs).
Making a decision as small as changing your bulbs can save you nearly $100 a year!
The most beautiful way to decrease your energy consumption is planting beautiful trees and shrubs on the SOUTH side of your home. This will not only increase your curb appeal but will also provide some much-needed shade to your home. This can of course also increase your home value!
Now it is time to put it into action! You may have already been researching energy saving costs before, or maybe this is the first you have heard of ways to save. Let us know! We love to hear from you and see what success you have had. Do you have any questions about going about these projects? The experts at Property Pros Home Services in Estero, Florida are here to help! Give them a call for your next project. They can provide you an estimate on just about any home project you may have. www.swflpropertypros.com