There are a lot of suggestions for saving household energy these days, especially as utility costs increase. Some of these work better than others do for your Fresno area home. One common suggestion is to close off registers in unused parts of your home. This used to be true, but with modern HVAC systems, it can actually create more problems, and end up making your utility bills go up instead of down.
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When it comes to keeping their homes energy efficient, people generally consider installing better insulation, replacing old doors or windows, laying down weatherstripping, buying an attic fan or investing in an Energy Star certified heating and cooling system. While all of these options are effective in both lowering utility bills and reducing energy consumption, there’s another option very few people consider – landscaping.
High energy costs take a huge bite out of most homeowners’ budgets. There are many things you can do to reduce your energy bills, such as purchasing energy-efficient appliances or switching to low-watt bulbs. When it comes to heating and cooling, the most effective way to cut your bills is to ensure you home has the right amount and type of insulation. This requires inspecting your home to determine how much insulation you have. Since Fresno and the surrounding area have average lows in the 30s and average highs in the 90s, your insulation should be designed for these extremes.
Spring has arrived in Fresno, and summer isn’t far behind. Soon it will be time for your air conditioning system to get its yearly workout. If you haven’t thought about A/C maintenance yet, now’s the best time to get it done to make sure that your air conditioner is ready to keep you cool all summer long.
Improving your home’s energy efficiency and cutting down your electricity consumption is doubly beneficial. First, it helps you save money on your utility bills. Energy-efficient households tend to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars less per year in utility costs. Second, you’ll be helping to preserve a greener tomorrow for future generations to enjoy. Given that heating and cooling costs make up more than half of all energy consumption in the average American household, finding ways to cut back consumption in these areas holds tremendous money-saving potential.
Dual-fuel (or hybrid) home-heating systems are gaining in popularity across the country. The flexibility they provide in choosing your energy source helps you save money on your utility bills, and it’s also a “green” alternative to traditional heating systems. To a certain extent, they allow you to switch to whatever heat source is most affordable during the winter.
California residents are savvy, well-rounded people, and they know how to properly care for and maintain HVAC equipment to get the most for their money. But even with the best maintenance plan, there comes a time when your A/C needs replacing.