Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Home Energy Aware

When we first moved to Denver and bought that first house, I was thrilled to have aluminium dual paned windows. Today they would be the first thing torn out, yet there are people who can only afford that house. Extra insulation, and more efficient, dual speed heating systems, even a furnace that looks like a fireplace, have all come along to help us reduce our energy bills. So read on Denver...

After the mortgage payment, the largest homeowner expense is for utilities and the major component is energy.  Contributing factors include air leaks, insulation, heating and cooling equipment, water heaters and lighting.Where does my money go.png

Computers, monitors, TVs, cable and satellite boxes, DVRs and power adapters are spinning your electric meter even when they’re not being used. Even though they only represent a small percentage of a home’s total energy consumption, about 3/4 of the electricity is used when the products are turned off.

Unplugging devices can actually make a difference in the size of your electric bill. Plugging several of these offenders into a power strip with a single on/off switch may make the task easier. Most computers have options to put them into sleep mode or even turn when not in use.

The Department of Energy has an Energy Saver Guide and do-it-yourself suggestions.

Here is a offer you might not want to refuse! Anyone who buys a house in metro Denver from me this year will get a free energy/airleak audit from me. This service is known as a "blower test" where air is blown into the home (or sucked out depending on the season) and thermal images are taken with infrared camera to see where insulation can be added. Additionally, if you have newer appliances, or features that are saving energy, those will be noted. And just so you know, and Debbie with Bestway Insulation will be there; what a font of information she is. You can reach her at 303 469 0808 if you want to know more about the service offered or just CONTACT ME.

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