Conserving energy is one of the few true win-win things you can do in your home. Not only do you reduce your carbon footprint but saving energy saves you money at the same time. Here are the top 10 energy and money-saving tips to use in your home this month:
1. Change lighting from CFL spiral bulbs and traditional lightbulbs to LED bulbs. LED lighting uses less energy, lasts much longer and saves you more money over the lifetime of the bulb.
2. Install weather-stripping around doors and windows to prevent heat loss. Losing heat not only causes your furnace to work harder and longer (using more energy) but costs you money too.
3. When the super chilly days and nights hit, leave the thermostat alone! Bundle up in cozy sweaters and snuggle up with fuzzy blankets when relaxing on the sofa. By not cranking up the heat, you save energy and money.
4. Open the blinds during the daylight hours to take advantage of the brightness and warmth of the sun. When the sun goes down, close the blinds to trap that natural warmth inside.
5. Use your ceiling fan strategically. Warm air rises so turn your ceiling fan to clockwise rotation and run on the lowest speed to gently push that warm air back down where it matters.
6. Keep your furnace maintained. Change the filter monthly or as soon as it gets dirty. Keep vents clean of visible dust and build-up. Have your furnace professionally serviced at least once per year to have it properly cleaned, inspected and maintained for top energy efficiency and longest life for your HVAC system.
7. Close off vents for guest rooms and storage rooms you don't use. This helps heat the rooms you do use faster and easier, and that equals savings for you.
8. If you only use one or two rooms, save even more by dropping your thermostat to 62 degrees and using an energy-efficient space heater in the rooms you actually use. Combine this tip with #7 to maximize your savings.
9. Invest in cozy flannel sheets, thick fleece PJs and a warm comforter--and then drop your thermostat setting by 10-15 degrees while you sleep. You'll stay toasty warm and save cash while you dream.
10. Use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens and attics sparingly. They can pull warm air right out of your home, making your furnace kick on more often.
Saving energy is good for the planet and saving money is good for your wallet. For more energy and money-saving tips, chat with your Carolina Comfort Systems technician or book a service appointment.online today!
Smart Energy New Homes Program-- Qualifying for rebates
The 2015- 2016 specifications for a new home to be certified for rebates with the Smart Energy New Homes Program are out! If you are building or thinking of building a new home in the coming year your being aware of the qualifications is a must for smart home owners. When you are starting the process of finding contractors for your new build and all its components it is essential that you insure they are aware of the qualifications and plan to employ them in the construction of your new home. These rebates can be substantial; the specifications will provide long term savings in both energy and money for you.
The Smart Energy New Homes requirements to qualify for rebates are:
● The home must be separately metered and receive electrical service from Santee Cooper.
● All homes must be completed and a permanent meter set prior to November 1 of the program
● The home must be all electric excluding hybrid heat pumps and decorative gas logs.
● The home can be single-family, new residential construction or a total gut rehab.5
● Single-family rebate levels shall only apply to detached homes, where no other adjacent
dwellings are directly or indirectly connected by a garage, another dwelling or building structure.
● The home can be multi-family, new residential and mixed-use (residential and commercial)
construction as long as it falls within ENERGY STAR’s policy on qualifying units in multifamily
buildings. Multi-family rebate levels shall apply to all attached homes that fall within ENERGY
STAR’s policy on qualifying units in multifamily buildings, and are also limited to homes that
qualify under ENERGY STAR’s definition for single-family attached homes. (See ENERGY STAR
Qualified Homes National Program Requirements Version 3.0).
● If a performance pathway home, the energy performance of the home must be verified by a
certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater using RESNET accredited home modeling
There are bonus rebates available as well. Carolina Comfort Systems is well versed in the new qualifying
requirements and happy to work with you and your building contractors to insure your new home s built
within the necessary parameters.