Energy Management and Savings
You’ve probably heard all kinds of things about “going green,” but it can be very difficult to understand the benefits to these ideas—especially when many of them seem to cost money. At Cates Heating and Cooling, we are helping our customers save green by implementing simple energy-saving practices and tools into their homes.
What is Energy Management?
Energy management is a practice of trying to conserve energy. Many people associate energy savings with crazy tactics like using only solar power for your home or relying only on wind energy. In reality, energy management just means that you are trying to cut-back on the amount of energy you are using by whatever means you decide. There are many ways to save energy in your home, and everyone approaches this task differently.
Why Should You Try Energy Management?
The simple answer here is to save money! Everyone likes saving a few extra dollars a month on their energy bill. Let’s be honest, paying for electricity isn’t the most exciting way to spend your cash. Instead, pocket that few extra bucks or put it into a savings account.
A more important answer is that saving energy is better for the environment. Across the globe, there is an overwhelming need to consume less energy. Currently, the world is dependent on fossil fuels that are in limited supply. It is also important to manage energy consumption, because the burning of fossil fuels is damaging to the Earth.
How Can You Reduce Your Energy Consumption?
It is hard to start saving energy, but there are a few easy ways to conserve energy that you can implement into your home. Most of the time, saving energy can just take a few small lifestyle changes. Cates Heating and Cooling recommends the following practices and tools to help you save energy:
Monitor Your Usage
The first step to reducing the amount of energy you are consuming is to monitor it. Check your meter once a week or once a month to see how much energy you are using. Try to find ways that you can cut-back on energy usage.
The next step is to implement practices and equipment that are more energy-efficient. Start by turning lights off when you leave the room, or leaving lights off and opening windows for natural light. You can also be more conscientious of the temperature you have your home set at. Can you move the temperature a couple of degrees and still be comfortable?
At the end of a month, see the differences your new lifestyle changes have made on your energy usage. It can actually be fun to check the results of all your hard work.
Replace Old HVAC Systems
Have Cates Heating and Cooling evaluate your current HVAC system to see if you are wasting energy. If you have a really old system, you may consider replacing it with a new, more energy-efficient model. While it may be an expensive up-front cost, you may end up saving thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the new system. A Cates technician can also tell you if you have insulation problems that are allowing the air in your home to leak outside.
Use Smart Equipment
Consider purchasing equipment that will help you save energy. Smart thermostats are one great tool for energy savings. Smart thermostats allow you to manage the temperature of your home from anywhere. If you forget to change the temperature before your week-long vacation, you may be spending a lot of unnecessary money heating or cooling your home. A smart thermostat will allow you to change the temperature, which not only saves you money but also reduces the amount of energy you are using while you are away.
Some smart thermostats even have the capability to learn your usage habits and adjust accordingly. If the thermostat sees that you leave at 8 a.m. every day, it may turn on the energy-saver mode at 8 a.m. It also knows that you get home at 6 p.m., so by 6 p.m., it will have the temperature in your home back to where you like it.
Other smart equipment may also help you reduce your energy usage. Smart lighting systems are another great way to reduce energy costs in your home. The bulbs can be dimmed and brightened, and you can even choose the color you want them to glow. Smart products typically have higher up-front costs, but they will save you a lot of money over their lifetimes so that it may be worth it for you.
If you are ready to learn more about energy management, call Cates Heating and Cooling at 913-888-4470 today. Cates can help you with smart thermostat installation, HVAC repairs or replacements, and much more.