Save Green by Making Your House a Green Home

Energy Saving Light Bulb Shaped Like Dollar Sign on Green BackgroundAt O’Connor’s One Hour, Benjamin Franklin, and Mr. Sparky, we are committed to helping you. And one of our favorite things to do is help you save money. With that in mind, each of our departments has come up with several ways you can save money by making your Hastings area home greener.

Heating & Air Conditioning System

According to ENERGY STAR, in the average American home almost half of the electricity bill goes to heating and air conditioning. So, by making your home greener in regards to heating and cooling, you can save a lot of money. The top green tips from our heating and cooling technicians are:
  • Change your air filter – Dirty filters restrict airflow, reducing energy efficiency and causing your system to work harder than necessary. 
  • Get an A/C tune-up – The EPA, ENERGY STAR, the U.S. Department of Energy, and local utility companies all recommend annual air conditioner tune-ups to keep your system running efficiently.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – A programmable thermostat gives you year-round savings by reducing your energy consumption.
  • Go geothermal – Geothermal systems use up to 30% less energy than traditional heaters and air conditioners.

Plumbing Appliances

Water is one of the world’s most precious limited resources. You can do your part to conserve water by making intelligent daily choices, as outlined in a previous blog. This time, our plumbers look at ways you can reduce the energy consumption of your plumbing appliances.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water – Approximately 85% of the energy used to wash your clothes goes to heating the water. Wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible and enjoy saving money by going green.
  • Insulate your water heater & pipes – Reduce the amount of standby heat loss by wrapping your water heater and exposed plumbing with insulation. 
  • Upgrade to a tankless water heater – Tankless water heaters are far more energy efficient than old traditional water heaters and they pay for themselves with energy savings.

Electrical System

By doing just a few things to make your Hastings area home greener, you can save hundreds of dollars each year. Our electricians have come up with several money-saving ways to go green.
  • Get rid of your incandescent lights –Upgrade your home’s old inefficient lighting to CFL’s or LED’s and save as much as $140 per the life of each bulb.
  • Turn off your computer – Many people leave their computer in stand-by mode instead of turning it off. This is a huge energy waster.
  • Unplug vampire appliances – Many home electronics continue to pull power even after they have been turned off. Stop the bleeding – unplug them. Your television is likely the biggest culprit.
  • Go solar – Although it requires a significant initial investment, harnessing the power of the sun offers the largest energy savings of all.
This list is far from comprehensive. If you’re looking for more ways you can improve the energy efficiency of your home and save money, contact us online today.
 
O’Connor’s One Hour, Benjamin Franklin, and Mr. Sparky serves the heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical needs of Hastings, Minnesota and the surrounding areas. 

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