If you’ve noticed your energy bills reaching for the stars, it’s time to investigate. High energy bills are often a sign that your home is using way more electricity than needed. Don’t let your hard-earned money fly away like tumbleweeds in the wind! Conducting an energy audit can pinpoint areas where energy is being wasted and help you implement energy-saving measures to rein in those bills. Let’s look at some of the clues your home may not be energy efficient, and practical fixes to get on track.
Your Home Is Hard to Keep Warm When It’s Cold
Do you find yourself piling on extra blankets and shivering despite cranking up the heat? This could be a clue that your home’s insulation is not up to par. Poor insulation lets precious heat escape, leaving your home feeling more like a chilly prairie than a cozy retreat. But the solution is relatively easy. Insulating your home properly, especially in the attic and walls, can make a world of difference and keep you warm even on the coldest Texas nights.
You’re Sweating Bullets in Your Own Home
On the flip side, if your home feels like a desert during the summer months, your cooling system might be working overtime due to poor insulation or air leaks. So, check that insulation as mentioned above and add where needed if needed. A well-insulated home with proper sealing keeps the cool air in and the searing Texas heat out. Say “adios” to sweat and “hello” to a cool, comfortable sanctuary.
Uneven Temperatures Throughout the Home
Do some rooms feel like a West Texas scorcher while others are as chilly as an ice bath? Uneven temperatures can indicate HVAC inefficiencies or poor insulation. Balancing your home’s temperature can be as satisfying as nailing a bullseye, so let’s get those HVAC systems in tip-top shape! Take your maintenance further by protecting your AC with our Air Conditioning Protection Program.
Drafts Are Sneaking In
Feeling chilly breezes where there shouldn’t be any? Air leaks around windows, doors, and even electrical outlets can be pesky culprits. Don’t let drafts steal the warmth from your home. Sealing these leaks is like putting a lasso on energy waste and ensuring your home stays cozy and efficient. And if you can see the light under your exterior doors, close it up. Get yourself some caulking, weather stripping, or expanding foam for an easy DIY project.
Are your lights flickering like a Texas two-step? It’s not some spooky ghost; it’s likely due to electrical issues. Poor electrical connections and outdated lighting can cause unnecessary energy usage. Time to wrangle those flickering lights by upgrading to energy-efficient LED bulbs and having an electrician check your electrical system.
If your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system sounds like a bucking bronco is bouncing around in there, it might be time for a tune-up. A noisy HVAC system can indicate inefficiencies or potential malfunctions, leading to higher energy consumption. Get it under control with regular HVAC maintenance, and you’ll be riding high with a more efficient system.
Your HVAC System Is Past Its Prime
If your HVAC system is giving you an attitude beyond basic maintenance and constantly needing repairs, or simply reaching its golden years, it might be time for a replacement. An old, inefficient HVAC system can hog energy and saddle you with higher bills. Consider upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient model to keep your home comfortable without draining your wallet.
The Appliances Are Past Their Prime
It’s not just the HVAC system you have to think about when it comes to mechanical components. Old appliances can be energy bandits, consuming more power than their newer, energy-efficient counterparts. Replace your appliances with ENERGY STAR-certified models that use less energy.
Your Water Heater Takes Forever to Warm Up
Waiting for hot water to arrive can feel like an eternity, and it’s a sign that your water heater might not be as efficient as it once was. Consider installing a tankless water heater to instantly supply hot water only when needed, reducing energy waste and increasing comfort.
Fading Furniture and Flooring
Do you notice your furniture and flooring looking a little sun-kissed? This could be a sign of too much solar heat gain. While we appreciate Texas sunshine, too much of it can raise indoor temperatures and strain your cooling system. Consider installing energy-efficient window treatments to keep your home’s interior cooler and your furniture happier.
Your Thermostat Is Ancient
An outdated, manual thermostat can make it challenging to maintain consistent temperatures, leading to energy waste. It’s time to upgrade to a smart thermostat that helps you wrangle energy usage with personalized schedules and remote co
ntrol capabilities. If you need a place to start, we recommend ecobee!
Your Pool Pump Is a Lone Ranger
If you have a pool, your pool pump could be running too much, consuming energy even when not needed. Consider investing in an energy-efficient pool pump with variable speed settings to keep your pool clean without draining your energy budget.
Choose Energy Texas: Your Partner for a Greener, More Efficient Home!
At Energy Texas, we’re committed to being your trusted partner in creating a more energy-efficient and cost-effective home. With our 100% renewable energy plans and fair rates, you can promote a greener future while saving on your energy bills. Say “howdy!” to a reliable provider who cares about both your wallet and the environment. Let’s handle those energy inefficiencies today and make your Texas home the most energy-smart in the Lone Star State!