We’ve all heard the many important reasons why saving energy is a good idea, from making our country more independent to helping the world’s climate. But for every homeowner, the most compelling reason to be energy-efficient is that it will save each of us money, often significant amounts.
After all, don’t we all have better ways to use our money than to send it off every month to the power company?
Our modern lifestyles use energy in big and small ways. It’s easy to avoid wasting that energy, and our utility budgets. While some of these require money up front, they do pay for themselves.
The biggest use of energy in most homes is the heating and cooling system. If yours is more than 10 years old, it almost certainly isn’t as efficient as more up-to-date heat pump units. It can be well worth investing in a more efficient unit, especially if your old one is requiring more frequent maintenance or repairs. Not only will you see savings on your electric bill, but you may qualify for an immediate rebate from Duke Energy when you buy a new, energy-saving heat pump unit.
Even if you’re not replacing your heating and cooling system, you may be able to save significant money by minimizing waste.
Having your ductwork inspected may reveal leaks that are sending treated air – and your money – out into your crawl space or attic.
Installing and using a programmable thermostat is a small investment that will give you the best of all possible combinations: maximum comfort and minimum energy use. Why run your unit at the optimum-comfort level when nobody’s home, or while you’re asleep? The programmable thermostat will set the temperature at energy-saving levels overnight, at mid-day or when you’re on vacation. It also will automatically warm up the house before you wake up on a cold winter morning, or cool it just the way you like it when you get home from a hot summer day’s work or play.
Then there are those standard check-list items that homeowners have been urged to fix ever since the first energy crisis in the 1970s:
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