One long-term way to save money is by creating a more energy efficient home. At first, switching over to more energy efficient appliances and such can seem like a hefty price tag, but they will pay for themselves in the long run.
Get a Home Energy Audit
Before you can make your home more energy efficient, you need to know where the inefficiencies lie. The contractor will use specific tools and technology to accurately perform the test. One of their tools is a blower door. What this does is detect air leaks throughout your home. The most common places that air leaks come from are through outlets, doors, windows, pipes and even under sinks. Combining all the leaks together equals a large amount of lost energy. Other tools the contractor might use include a gas leak detector, carbon monoxide detector and lead-safe testing kit. Be sure to shadow the contractor during the inspection to see if they are using such tools. If not, you may not have a qualified or experienced contractor.
Homes are designed differently from one another but generally they all need similar type of improvements. Some upgrades the contractor may suggest can be done on your own time. Ask about the following items:
- Water heater – Resetting the temperature can actually make a significant difference. You can talk to your trusted Las Vegas plumbers to learn the appropriate temperature.
- Programmable thermostat – This will raise or lower the temperature even when you aren’t home. If you have a fairly predictable schedule, you can program the thermostat in your home so that the a/c and heater don’t get used as much while you are gone.
- Wall insulation – This will keep your home warmer in the winter without having to crank the heat. This also doubles as sealing for air leaks.
- Refrigerator – Investing in an energy efficient fridge can save over $100 a year. It will pay for itself after a few years.
After performing the audit and looking at your home, the contractor will recommend changes/upgrades that you can make Once you decide what you want done, contact JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning—your Las Vegas air conditioning and plumbing experts—to discuss performing the upgrades/repairs to your plumbing or air conditioning systems.