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Frustrated by Rising Home Energy Bills? Understanding the Breakdown for Savings

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 08:42 AM

We have had a very cold winter this year! If you're experiencing rising energy bills, it's likely you can blame the cost of heating your home and the water as the culprits. When most energy experts look at an energy bill breakdown, they consider the cost of keeping homes comfortable and having hot water as the primary drivers behind high bills. The good news is that it's relatively inexpensive and easy to reduce them without sacrificing comfort.

shock of an energy bill this winterIf you really want to get a complete understanding of your home's energy consumption patterns and the very best actions to take with the highest return on investment, it is a great idea to have an energy pro perform a comprehensive energy/safety audit on your home. This in depth analysis will expose any weaknesses and suggest a prioritized list of action items that you can take to improve energy efficiency, comfort and even identify potential health threatening concerns for your home.     

Home HVAC Bills

Heating and cooling your home probably accounts for half of what you spend annually on energy bills. You can cut these costs by checking and changing the air filter when it's covered with dust and by having your HVAC system professionally maintained once a year. The tuneups include a complete inspection, cleaning and adjustments that contribute to lower energy bills and a longer system lifetime. Having a properly tuned system can save up to 30% on your cost of operation, so regular PM pays for itself in energy savings much of the time. 

Installing a programmable thermostat can also cut conditioning costs, because they manage the temperatures for you. Some programmable thermostats can be operated from remote locations, while others embody technology that alerts you when the system needs attention, like a filter change. 

Water Heating Costs

How much you spend heating water depends on your usage patterns, largely driven by family size. You may discover when doing an energy bill breakdown that water heating takes up to 20 percent of your energy bills. You can cut those costs by turning the water heater temperature down to 120 degrees. Fewer hard water deposits will form at the bottom of the water heater at this temperature, also making heating more efficient. Wrapping the water heater with an insulating blanket found at home improvement centers will cut the standby losses that occur with storage water heater tanks.  NOTE: Be careful not to block any vent or air openings when making this a do-it-yourself project!  If you have any questions, be sure to have a professional check your work.

Miscellaneous Costs

The balance of the energy you use is a combination of other home appliances and entertainment equipment. An easy way to trim unnecessary power consumption is by unplugging chargers for portable devices. Most of these draw power even when they're not charging, draining power unnecessarily. 

Contact the experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling for more help with your energy bill breakdown in the Cleveland area. We've been providing trusted HVAC services for more than 77 years. 

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Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

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