Top 5 Reasons to Invest in Energy Efficient Appliances

Many homeowners ask us, what’s so great about EnergyStar? You may have heard all the hype about EnergyStar Appliances, but do you know why they are such a great investment? Read on to learn all the benefits (besides energy savings!) of investing in these high tech, environmentally friendly appliances.

Why You Should Invest in Energy Efficient Appliances

If you’re wondering whether energy efficient appliances are a worthwhile investment for your home, check out our list of the top 5 reasons why you should invest in energy efficient appliances, as backed up by research outlined by the Alliance to Save Energy:

 

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Craving More Energy Savings?

Are you looking for more ways to save energy in your home? The good news is that there are many other ways to save energy in your home besides just investing in energy efficient appliances. For more great tips and energy saving ideas for your household, be sure to follow our blog or check back regularly for updates.

What’s the Best Temperature for My A/C to Be Set At?

We’ve all been there: raising and lowering the thermostat dial to try and stay comfortable during the dog days of summer. Yet, each time we lower our thermostat a degree, we raise the amount of money we’ll be paying on our electric bill. So how do you keep your energy bills down without compromising comfort? The answer lies within the setting on your thermostat.

Okay, so what’s the best temperature for my thermostat to be set at?

If you were to ask what is the best temperature for your A/C to be set at, and that’s it, then we would simply answer: set it to whatever you feel is most comfortable for you. However, we know that this question, more often than not, implies the ending… “to save on energy costs”. So, if your question is more in line with how to save on energy costs, then we can help.

Below, we break it down:

According to the experts at EnergyStar, the most effective and efficient temperature to set your thermostat at is 78º, and that’s while you’re at home. Considering most Americans set theirs around 72ºF, and that for every degree you raise your thermostat you save approximately 3% in energy costs, this is quite a jump. While you are away or sleeping, EnergyStar recommends setting it between 82ºF and 85ºF. Keep in mind this is the ideal temperature for maximum energy savings. If you have an aversion to heat and/or prefer a much cooler temperature in your home, then set it at the recommended 78ºF and adjust down one degree at a time, trying not to go below 75ºF. Again, for each degree you increase your thermostat setting, you save 3% on your energy bill—that will really add up at the end of summer!

 

Other Energy Saving Strategies

  • Despite what temperature setting you ultimately arrive at, you’ll want to make sure that you’re keeping your conditioned air inside your home—and prevent the hot outdoor air from creeping in. This is easily done by making sure that all cracks and holes around your home are sealed off from the outdoor air. Check for drafts around windows, doors, and attic entryways and replace worn weather-stripping and caulking as needed. Also, make sure that your home has proper insulation, especially in the attic area, where cooled air can easily escape and hot air can build up, making it much harder to cool your home.
  • Consider investing in a programmable thermostat. Even if you can’t bear the thought of having your thermostat set to 78ºF while you’re home, if you have a programmable thermostat, you can easily set the temperature to 80ºF while you’re away, and have it drop back down to a cooler temperature 30 minutes prior to your return. This will at least cut back on some energy and save you a little on your home energy bill.

 

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How to Cool Down in the San Jacinto Summer Sun

We’ve been serving the San Jacinto area since 1967, so we know it can get hot when summertime hits. We’ve been providing residential and commercial customers alike with quality service and have accumulated some great advice for homeowners. We’ve listed a few fun events you won’t want to miss in San Jacinto this summer, as well as what to take care of when you’re back home.

Whether you’re inside your home or enjoying the great outdoors, we’ve got a few ways that you can cool down this summer in the San Jacinto area. Read on for several great ideas on how to combat the heat this upcoming summer season.

Summer Tips for Staying Cool in San Jacinto

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Along with heating and cooling services, we also offer an array of indoor air quality services. Indoor air quality, also known as IAQ, plays a crucial role in not only the comfort of your home, but also the health of you and your loved ones. If you suspect that your indoor air quality could use an improvement, or are unsure about the quality of your home’s indoor air, we can help. Call us now to find out more (951) 663-4895.

Do You REALLY Need to Buy Energy Efficient Appliances?

Unfortunately, appliances don’t last forever. When the time comes for you to replace your home appliances, you may be wondering if energy efficient appliances are the way to go. Though energy-saving appliances may require more of an up-front investment, they often pay for themselves over time when it comes to monthly home energy savings. Read on to learn just how much energy (and money) you can save on energy efficient appliances and find out if these appliances are really worth the money.

Why You Should Consider Energy Efficient Appliances

On average, your home appliances, such as your clothes washer, dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, and freezer, account for about 20 percent of your home’s total electric bill. This means that if you are looking for places to cut home expense costs, your appliances are a great place to start. Energy efficient appliances can help you decrease energy usage and cut down on monthly costs.

You may be wondering if you really need to purchase new appliances to save on your monthly electricity costs. Though there are simple changes that you can make to use your appliances more efficiently, like unplugging those not in use and monitoring usage throughout the week, you can only save so much energy with careful use. Energy efficient appliances, such as those made by ENERGY STAR, help you consistently cut down on energy usage to lower your monthly bills each month.

Typically, energy-saving appliances use anywhere from 10 to 50 percent less energy each year than their conventional counterparts. If you consider that the average home appliance lasts for about 10 to 20 years, then you know that making the upgrade to newer, more environmentally-friendly appliances can amount to a significant savings over time.

The Costs of Energy-Saving Home Appliances

There is no question that energy efficient home appliances will help you decrease your energy usage and save more money over time. However, homeowners also need to consider if the money they will save over time is worth the cost of purchasing and installing the brand new, energy-saving appliances. Fortunately, there is a calculator for that!

EnergyStar.gov has created a page with some helpful calculators to help homeowners determine if energy efficient appliances are worth the investment. Their Cash Flow Opportunity calculator helps translate energy savings into tangible financial numbers so that homeowners can get a better idea about whether or not making the upgrade to energy-saving appliances is right for their family. This page also offers calculators for commercial property owners who are considering upgrading to energy efficient appliances in their office buildings or other commercial properties.

Are you interested in saving even more money on your monthly home costs with an energy-saving HVAC system? If your current heating and air conditioning system is old and outdated, then you may want to consider a newer, more energy efficient model when it comes time to replace it. For more information about the equipment we have available, call: (951) 663-4895.

 

Is Your Home Wasting Energy? How to Improve Your Home’s Efficiency

Most homeowners are concerned about how much energy is used in a typical year, because the energy use is directly related to your household energy bill. If you suspect that your home is wasting energy, you’ll probably want to check out this handy guide to help you figure out how to save on home energy use in the long run.

It doesn’t take a complete overhaul on your home’s appliances or a fortress of solar panels to make your home more energy efficient. In fact, all you really need to do is to follow a few simple tips to make a significant impact on your home’s energy use. For a few helpful tips on how to improve energy efficiency in your home, read on.

 

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If you’re interested in learning more about how to improve the energy efficiency of your home, be sure to check our blog for regular updates.

Energy Efficient Lighting: LED versus CFL versus Incandescent

These days, there are countless choices for indoor lighting at home. Which do you choose? And why? You probably have heard of at least a few of the lightbulbs now available that are touted to be better for the environment, but it’s important to understand exactly how they compare to traditional incandescent lightbulbs. Consider this handy guide to help you make an informed decision about which lightbulbs work best, so you won’t be wasting money or energy while meeting your desired lighting requirements.

We’ve broken down the pros and cons of the three most common types of lightbulbs used in homes—LED, CFL, and incandescent—so you can make the smartest lighting choice for your home.

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For more great info on how to make your home more energy efficient, be sure to bookmark our blog. We update regularly with great tips and tricks for all homeowners, and we’ve got some great insider info on HVAC systems, too!

 

Top Myths About Energy Efficiency: Busted

One of the best ways to save on monthly home bills is to find ways to become more energy efficient. Many homeowners assume that you have to completely change your lifestyle to conserve enough energy to make a difference in their monthly bill. But the truth is that there are many simple steps that you can take to become more energy efficient.

In this post, we tackle this and other energy efficiency myths. Read on to get the truth about home energy efficiency and find out what might be holding you back from saving more money on your monthly energy bills.

Top Energy Efficiency Myths: Busted

At J&M Air Conditioning and Heating, we get a lot of questions and concerns from our customers about energy efficiency. To dispel some of the myths and help homeowners find the right path toward higher annual savings, we’ve tackled some of the biggest myths out there about becoming more energy efficient.

Myth: It takes a complete lifestyle change to save enough energy to make an impact on your monthly bills.

Truth: When you think of energy efficiency and monthly savings, you may picture someone who lives off-grid or severely restricts their energy usage. However, it doesn’t take drastic changes to your lifestyle to save money on your monthly energy bills. Simple changes like adjusting the thermostat before you leave and unplugging your appliances when they’re not in use can help you become more energy efficient.

Myth: Becoming more energy efficient requires a huge up-front investment.

Truth: Though there certainly are costly investments that you can make to become more energy efficient like solar panels, there are also a variety of smaller, more affordable investments that can help you save more energy on a regular basis. Installing a programmable thermostat can help you save a significant amount of money on HVAC operation costs over time and energy-efficient lighting is now widely accessible.

Myth: It requires too much effort to become energy efficient.

Truth: Many steps that you can take toward becoming energy efficient are very much a “set it and forget it” type of change. For instance, if you are using a programmable thermostat, you can program your thermostat to save energy for you, and you will only have to change it if you change your routine. Other changes that require a daily commitment like turning off lights and unplugging appliances that are not in use will become second nature once you get into a routine. If you’re more forgetful, try leaving a checklist for yourself that you can perform each day until it becomes the norm.

Do you still have questions about energy efficiency? Feel free to contact us for any questions you may have about your HVAC system or how you can find a more energy efficient model. For more informative articles on saving energy in your home, be sure to bookmark our blog. We update it monthly with new information on HVAC, home improvement, and energy savings.

 

5 Things Homeowners Should Know About HVAC Energy Usage

How well do you know your home’s HVAC system? If you don’t know much, you’re not alone. Get informed about your home’s HVAC energy usage starting today. With the right knowledge, your HVAC system will operate more efficiently and provide you and your loved ones with optimized home comfort. Not to mention, understanding your HVAC system can also save you money, as an efficient HVAC system means less energy is wasted, which means less money is wasted. We have created a handy list for homeowners looking to get familiar with their HVAC systems energy usage.

HVAC Energy Usage: What Homeowners Should Know

From what you should do with your HVAC air filter to the truth about space heaters, we’ve compiled 5 things that we think every homeowner should know about their HVAC system. Most homeowners don’t think that often about their HVAC system, until the heating or AC breaks down. Yet, HVAC energy usage is so important!

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Give us a call for more in-depth info about HVAC energy usage and to learn more about how we can help keep you comfortable indoors, no matter what the weather is like outdoors.

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Home Energy Audits: How to DIY

Though a professional energy audit is the best way to determine how much energy your home is using (and wasting), San Jacinto homeowners can still conduct their own audit to find any problem areas and make the appropriate repairs. Below, we’ve laid out a simple checklist of steps to take to conduct your own DIY home energy audit.

DIY Home Energy Audit Checklist

Do you know how much energy you use at home? A simple but diligent audit of your home energy usage can help you identify areas for improvement as well as cut costs throughout the year. We’ve put together a simple checklist of common problem areas that you can check for energy loss during your DIY home energy audit:

Locate air leaks.

Air leaks are the first thing you should check for during your energy audit. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save between 10 and 20% of home energy usage by reducing drafts in your house. Not to mention, it creates a more comfortable home environment for you and your family.

Look for any gaps or cracks on the edge of your flooring as well as where the walls and ceiling meet. You should also look for leaks around windows, doors, lighting and plumbing fixtures, and electrical outlets. Once you locate leaks, plug or caulk the cracks and holes to seal the leaks.

Check insulation.

Without proper insulation, homeowners can lose a lot of heat through the walls and ceiling. Your home’s insulation may not be up to today’s standards, especially if the house is older. That’s why it is important to check for adequate insulation during your DIY home energy audit.

Start by looking in the attic to ensure that any openings around pipes and ductwork are sealed properly. Ensure that the attic vents are not blocked by any insulation, and check to see that the entire attic floor is covered with the recommended amount of insulation.

Inspect heating and cooling equipment.

In addition to changing your air filter regularly, you should also have your heating and cooling equipment inspected by a professional at least once a year. During your annual HVAC tune-up, your technician will make sure that the system is clean and running smoothly. He or she will also check for any worn or broken parts and make any necessary repairs. This helps ensure that your system is running as efficiently as possible.

If your unit is over 15 years old, then you might want to consider replacing it with a more energy-efficient model. If you need to schedule your annual maintenance appointment or find out about your HVAC system upgrade options, give us a call today: (951) 663-4895.

Review lighting choices.

Lighting can account for about 10% of your electric bill, which is why it’s important to review the lighting choices that you’ve made in your home. Replace older, more inefficient bulbs with energy-saving incandescent bulbs or LEDs. When you purchase new bulbs, make sure to pay attention to the brightness.

If you find that your lighting use is contributing to your high energy bill, work on changing your habits by turning off lights in unoccupied rooms. In addition to changing your habits, you can also use sensors, dimmers, and timers to reduce lighting use throughout the year.

Examine appliance and electronics usage.

The last factor that you need to consider in your home energy audit is your use of appliances and electronics. Which appliances and electronics you have and how you use them can have a significant impact on your monthly energy costs. Take note of which appliances and electronics you use on a daily basis. Then, use this appliance energy calculator from Energy.gov to estimate how much energy they use.

Once you’ve determined how much energy you use through appliance and electronics usage, work on saving more energy by making simple changes to your habits. This can include unplugging an appliance when it is not in use or changing the settings on your electronics to energy-savings mode. You may also want to consider purchasing more energy-efficient appliances to reduce more energy over time.

Do you like reading about energy efficiency? Check back on our blog each month for more helpful tips on how to save energy and lower your monthly bills.

5 Go-To Resources About Going Green

More and more homeowners are recognizing the benefits of green living. Whether you want to reduce your impact on the environment and leave a better future for your family or you need to find more ways to reduce energy usage to save on monthly costs, there are so many benefits of going green. Not only can this help you create a healthier home environment, but it may also help you save a little on monthly energy costs.

One of the biggest issues that homeowners face when trying to be more environmentally-friendly is educating themselves on the best ways to save energy and reduce their environmental impact. That’s why we have put together a list of our favorite resources to help San Jacinto homeowners go green.

How to Go Green: Our Top Resources

Our team is always looking for ways to stay up-to-date with the latest in energy efficiency. Here are just a few of our favorite resources:

Energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy’s mission is to “ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. One of the ways that this department helps homeowners learn more about energy efficiency is through the helpful articles and infographics on their site. The Energy Saver section of the website offers simple and actionable tips that homeowners can take to reduce their energy usage and lower monthly costs.

Sustainable Baby Steps

Many homeowners want to live more sustainably, but don’t know where to start. Sustainable Baby Steps is a site dedicated to helping beginners start their journey toward more sustainable living. The site offers informative articles on a range of topics such as home, garden, health, and shopping. This is a great site for those who want to live more sustainably but are not sure where to start. The articles offers some small and simple steps that you can take to get started.

Real Simple Green Living

RealSimple.com is the online platform for Real Simple magazine, a publication that provides smart and realistic solutions for everyday challenges as well as inspiring ideas to make your life easier. The site has a Green Living section that contains a wealth of informative articles that offer simple and actionable tips for going green. From articles on how to create DIY natural cleaners to fun pieces about individuals living in tiny homes, this site contains a lot of great content for any homeowner who is looking for more information on living sustainably or tips on how to make it happen.

J & M Air Conditioning and Heating Blog

We have included our blog on this resource list because we often publish articles on energy efficiency. Though we are an HVAC company, our articles go beyond just providing ways to save money on HVAC energy costs. Some of our articles, such as Home Energy Audits: How to DIY, help homeowners discover new ways to improve efficiency and save on their monthly energy costs.