We conserve energy for a number of reasons. Some of them selfish, some of the selfless. Saving money can be considered a selfish motivation; we want more cash to spend on things other than heating oil, like maybe a vacation. The selfless part of energy conservation is when we act on the knowledge that the energy well is not bottomless and that our kids and grandkids have a right to the same quality of life we’ve enjoyed.
The energy.gov website has some valuable information regarding how you can turn your home from an energy waster into an energy saver by following a few reasonable suggestions.
No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. But remember, an energy-efficient furnace alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can save about 30% on your energy bill while reducing environmental emissions.
The “whole house” approach is one that often is overlooked. Homeowners will install new windows but continue to use incandescent light bulbs. Or they’ll replace their drafty old front door but leave the TV on all night. In order to make the most of your energy conservation efforts you’ll need to examine all the elements in your home that consume energy, not just heating and air conditioning.
And what are those elements?
- Water heating – Probably not something most people give a lot of thought to but just the act of heating water for the dishwasher, washing machine and of course the shower consumes 14% of the energy used in a typical home.
- Appliances – The dishwasher and washing machine are double dippers at the energy buffet because they not only require large amounts of hot water but they require large amounts of electricity to operate as well. Throw in the refrigerator and appliances gobble up some 13% of an average home’s energy.
- Lighting – The modern energy conservation movement seemed to start with taking a look at our habit of leaving the lights on all the time. Thankfully, most folks take a more enlightened approach toward lighting these days, but lights still eat up 12% of the energy we use.
- Misc – This includes everything else around the house that draws power in order to work like the microwave, toaster, TV, computer, ceiling fans, space heaters, garbage disposal and more. Add them all together and you get almost 15% of the energy used by an average house.
Finding areas where you can save energy is the easy part. The real challenge is turning knowledge into new habits. After all, it’s bad habits that got us into the energy mess we’re in and it will take the cultivation of good habits to get us out of it.
Heating and Air Conditioning Efficiency Key to Energy Conservation
While replacing wasteful appliances and taking cool showers will definitely help the cause of energy conservation around the home, the heart of the matter still lies with the heating and air conditioning system. Failure to address inefficiencies there will undermine your overall conservation efforts to a significant degree. For that reason, you’ll want to consider replacing your old, inefficient furnace with a high-efficiency furnace from Toronto HVAC Company.
A standard furnace can be expected to convert approximately 80% of the fuel it consumes into heat. By contrast a high-efficiency furnace will convert up to 97% of that fuel into heat, meaning you can keep your home at the same temperature while using nearly 20% less heating oil. Turn the thermostat down a bit and you’ll enjoy even more savings!
Get in Touch Today to Start Saving on Your Energy Bills
Talk to the pros at Toronto Heating and Air Conditioning today on 647 955 8625 to find out more about high-efficiency furnaces as well as other steps you can take to save energy and hold on to more of your money.