Energy-Efficient Home Improvements Can Help Reduce Your Average Monthly Consumption
An average household in the U.S. spends several thousand a year on energy bills; this amount is steadily growing each year. Knowing what goes into these monthly costs can put you in an advantageous position to lower them. In most cases, the largest chunk of household energy usage tends to go to cooling and heating. This is where solar power, wind power, and water-powered heat pumps can make a real difference.
The largest portion of energy bills
that our country takes is in the transmission and distribution area. This is the portion that goes from your home to the stores, offices, and other businesses. For example, your utility company’s electric distribution lines carry electricity to your power tools, to the stores, and to other businesses. This utility grid system also carries phone service. With all of this going on, transmission and distribution lines can sometimes be overwhelmed or damaged by severe weather, high winds, and ice dams. As a result, you can experience disruptions in service and increased costs.
Wind power is becoming more prevalent in homes as well.
Windmills have been developed to convert wind power into household energy. These devices are capable of turning small amounts of wind power into usable electricity. There are several different types of windmills available to suit your specific needs and there are currently 50 states currently using some form of renewable energy to supplement their normal electricity bills.
If you have a forced-air conditioning system in your home
your utility bill will include a portion of the cost for the HVAC system. Installing alternative energy or even hydronic heating system will help reduce your energy bills and if you’re not happy with the current temperature in your home, an alternative heating system may be able to keep your thermostat much cooler during those hot summers months. There are many other ways to cut energy bills and reduce the impact on your HVAC system. Taking advantage of programs initiated by state agencies like the Energy Star program and your local utility company can help you save money on HVAC costs.
The average monthly consumption for American homes
is about 2.2 kilowatts per person. If all home energy consumption took place in homes in the 50 states, it would amount to about 3 trillion dollars per year. With all the ways that people are using more natural resources, like coal, oil, and natural gas, the need for clean energy is greater than ever before. Since the government has many programs that promote alternative energy, many companies are providing incentives to encourage people to use them.
If you are interested in helping to conserve resources
and reduce the impact that the consumption of energy has on the environment, then it may be time to look into getting an energy-efficient home. Your home’s efficiency can make a difference not only in your monthly utility bills but also in reducing the impact that it has on the environment. With the right home improvement tools and the assistance of an experienced contractor, you can quickly and easily make your home more energy-efficient. It may even be possible to qualify for government rebates to lower the estimated annual electricity cost of your home. This can add up to huge savings over time.