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June 1, 2022
Do you dread getting your electricity bill during the summer months? Many Colorado homeowners think they have to choose between suffering in a hot and uncomfortable house and expensive utility costs, but they don’t realize all of the different ways they can make their homes more energy-efficient, comfortable, and affordable to cool!
Here are some places to start with energy-saving home improvements and upgrades.
1. Upgrade to a smart thermostat
Is the thermostat you use to control your central air conditioning an older, set-it-and-forget-it model? You could be wasting lots of energy running your cooling system on high during times when you’re not at home or asleep.
Upgrading to a smart programmable thermostat can save up to 10% on your annual heating and cooling costs just by automatically turning back your comfort settings 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day.
2. Schedule air conditioner maintenance
Many Denver homeowners skip spring tune-up visits for their AC, incorrectly assuming they would be wasting money if they can turn their unit on and feel cool air coming out of the vents. But actually, tune-ups can help you avoid unexpected breakdowns, and they also help keep your system running as efficiently as possible, saving you money. They can also help extend the lifespan of your system, giving you additional years of reliable operation before you need to make an expensive upgrade!
3. Upgrade your insulation and air sealing
No matter how efficient your home’s heating and cooling system is, you could still be wasting lots of energy (not to mention money) if your home can’t keep that conditioned air inside! Poor insulation and air leaks allow conditioned air to escape and uncomfortable outdoor temperatures to enter your home, forcing your AC to run longer to compensate and driving up your summer utility bills.
Schedule an Energy Audit Near You with e3 Power
Which energy-saving upgrades will actually result in lower electricity bills for your home? Energy audits are a great way to help identify the source of high energy bills and indoor comfort issues—as well as an effective solution. But it can be hard to trust a contractor’s audit process if it feels like they’re only trying to close the sale and not give honest advice.
That’s just one of the many benefits of scheduling a home energy audit with e3 Power. We’re an independent energy auditor with no financial incentive to use your audit to sell you additional services—we’re simply here to give you honest, useful information about your home’s energy use, the health of your indoor air, and more.
We use our building science expertise—as well as advanced equipment including blower doors, infrared cameras, and sometimes even remote-controlled drones—to conduct a comprehensive inspection of your home. At the end of your audit, we’ll give you our findings as well as our honest recommendations for the home upgrades you can make for real energy savings.
Stay comfortable this summer without blowing your budget. Call (303) 292-1233 or contact us today for expert advice on how you can lower your cooling bills.