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.