Comments On - 8 Tips to Energy Efficiency

Sit down with a piece of paper and your energy bills for the the last three years. Specifically, look at the bills for the common heating and cooling months.

The company selling and installing the new system will be able to give you a fairly accurate idea of what you will save on a monthly basis, based on the efficiency of the new unit.

I'll think you'll be surprised by the fact that it will take 8-10 years or more to realize your ROI. I have a unit built in 1983, in a ranch-style home built in 1954. It has enough insulation in the attic, but lacks much in the walls. Has quality siding with well sealed windows.

My a/c guy and I sat down and realized that since we've had no major problems, nor does the system have any indication of their being issues (even though he has no crystal ball), he can't really tell us to spend the $5-6000 to install a new system.
Carl, KC, KS
Posted: 9/28/2014 11:25:48 AM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB, MB
Posted: 6/4/2014 7:27:14 PM
kathleen, Diamond City, AB
Posted: 5/22/2014 5:18:53 PM
kathleen, Diamond City, AB
Posted: 4/26/2014 8:31:13 PM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 4/7/2014 10:03:11 AM
kathleen, Diamond City, AB
Posted: 4/4/2014 11:53:20 AM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 4/4/2014 11:50:06 AM
kathleen, Diamond City, AB
Posted: 4/3/2014 5:52:21 PM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 3/30/2014 6:02:43 PM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 3/28/2014 3:37:13 PM
Good info.
Sarah, Marathon, ON
Posted: 3/11/2014 7:35:21 AM
kathleen, Diamond City, AB
Posted: 2/11/2014 9:45:48 AM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 1/29/2014 5:35:25 PM
Change to LED; don't use CFL. LED is not "expensive" and will pay you back within a year just on energy savings alone. It is "cheap", but you pay for them "upfront" instead of monthly, like traditional bulbs.

CFL contains heavy metals; the life time rating is deceiving since it means a point where 50% have failed (!). LED lifetime rating means that they are still working but at 30% less light output.

LED is the way to go, choose one with high CRI.
John, Whittier, CA
Posted: 1/22/2014 7:23:45 AM
Interesting and helpful but i wish there were more suggestions that were not as pricey. Are there not cheaper things we can do as well?
Morag, Pierson,, MB
Posted: 1/2/2014 10:37:55 AM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 12/31/2013 7:33:54 PM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 12/9/2013 9:20:57 AM
Good to know
a', Houston, TX
Posted: 10/2/2013 3:51:48 AM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 9/6/2013 12:18:59 PM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 7/21/2013 6:58:36 PM
I follow the suggestion about HVAC, I'm ripe for a replacement. I think my system is a good 30-35 years old.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 6/5/2013 7:36:31 PM
Good article. Reading about the walls breathing was a new one for me. I'll have to try that.
Lori, Pueblo, CO
Posted: 5/17/2013 5:42:10 AM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 3/24/2013 8:42:26 AM
I try and do most of this already
Jeremy, Le Mars, IA
Posted: 3/20/2013 8:14:26 AM
Good tips! Thank you.
Chuck, Reno, NV
Posted: 12/23/2011 12:52:34 AM
We're so fortunate to have recently moved into a home with excellent natural lighting. We don't have to turn the lights on until just before dusk, upstairs *or* downstairs. I've already seen how that has reduced our electric bill. And thankfully, low flow toilets and shower heads were already installed. Also already here were the compact florescent blubs and halogen bulbs in all permanent fixtures. Awesome.
Kim, Lancaster, CA
Posted: 8/5/2011 10:41:19 AM
Great idea to add home maintenance to saving energy ideas. The two should go together. Think about saving energy everytime you do home maintenance. One of the best ways to lower your power bill is to do more maintenance, get your home on a maintenance schedule.
I would add solar light tubes to the "Light it Naturally" section. I find them very effective at getting natural light where a window can't reach.
Thanks again for the well thought out list of energy saving items.
Don, Grand Ronde, OR
Posted: 5/11/2011 10:37:11 PM
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