Looking for ways to reduce energy waste in your Lubbock, Texas, home often starts with a review of how often you leave lights on and appliances running. However, poor efficiency can lead to substantially more waste than forgetting to turn the light off when you leave for the day. Outdated appliances are a common culprit when it comes to energy waste, so check out these efficient options and upgrade your home to improve efficiency.
Washer and Dryer
Newer washers and dryers use substantially less energy than older models. You can also choose high-efficiency units, available from the top brands in the industry, to reduce water waste when you’re washing your clothes. If you opt for an Energy Star certified model, you’ll save as much as 25 percent of energy and 45 percent of water compared to non-certified washers.
If you’re still using the same refrigerator that you’ve had for 10 years or more, you’re probably wasting a lot of energy. Replacing your outdated fridge with an Energy Star certified option can reduce waste drastically. A standard 18 cubic foot refrigerator with the freezer on top can improve efficiency by up to 40 percent, helping you to save on your monthly bills. You can also shop for efficient models in other styles, such as side-by-side, freezer on the bottom, or options with French doors.
Your HVAC system uses more energy than any other item within the home, so efficiency is important in this area. Most HVAC equipment is designed to last for 10-15 years, so if yours is nearing this age, start planning and budgeting to replace it. Energy Star-certified air conditioners and furnaces are available to improve the efficiency of central HVAC sytems. However, there are several other options that can provide much more efficiency compared to the central system. They may cost more initially, but will save you money in the long run.
If you’re ready to upgrade your HVAC equipment and take advantage of improved efficiency and lower bills, call BTAC (Bruce Thornton Air Conditioning) at 806-589-1014.
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