According to a recent report, most custom homeowners participate in some kind of energy-saving activity at home, such as unplugging electronics when not in use, changing HVAC air filters and using a programmable thermostat. The report, conducted by HVAC provider Lennox, concludes that with these measures, custom homeowners score a ‘B’ in energy conservation. How can they do better?
“Saving energy does not have to be a daunting task,” says Lennox Energy Efficiency Expert Kyle Golden. “There are simple maintenance tasks and improvements custom homeowners can put into action around the house that can make a big impact on energy bills.”
One of the more common activities cited in the report is turning off the A/C system completely on hot days and the heating system on cold days. This can do more harm than good, explains Golden.
“While turning off your air conditioner system completely seems like an easy and effective way to conserve energy and save money during the summer, it is actually forcing the system to work overtime to get back to a comfortable temperature. Doing so uses more energy and can therefore cost more – not to mention the increased wear and tear on the equipment,” Golden says.
Rather than shutting the system off, Golden advises lowering or raising the temperature of the thermostat, or installing a smart thermostat to do it automatically.
According to the report, custom homeowners are willing to invest in energy-saving improvements, such as solar panels or appliances, energy-efficient windows, a high-efficiency furnace or air conditioner, insulation, a programmable thermostat, a high-efficiency water heater or a low-flow shower head.