March 16, 2023 Uncategorized

It’s difficult to find ways to reduce energy loss unless you know the amount of energy each of your home’s systems uses. Although you may already know the total amount you spend on your energy bills each month, understanding the proportion of your energy bills that goes toward each use or equipment is essential for prioritizing your plan to improve energy efficiency.

Heating and cooling account for 45 percent of your energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In the Twin Cities, this expense primarily occurs during winter because of the long and cold season. Energy loss can occur through forced-air systems from heat lost in un-insulated or leaky ducts. Fortunately, solving these issues is relatively easy by adding insulation to the attic or basement, insulating ducts that run through unconditioned parts of your home, and sealing air leaks.

Your water heater uses the second-highest amount of energy, accounting for about 11 percent of your utility expenses. You can decrease standby losses by turning down the heat to 120 degrees and wrapping the water heater with an insulating blanket. Insulating pipes throughout your home also helps reduce energy loss.

Washers, dryers, and dishwashers together account for 12 percent of energy use in a typical home. Running full loads cuts energy loss, as washers and dishwashers use the same amount of power regardless of load size. You can also lower your energy bills by washing clothes in cold water and replacing old appliances with Energy Star-labeled products.

CFL or LED lights can help reduce energy bills in winter when the Twin Cities have shorter days, requiring more interior lighting.

Marsh Heating & Air Conditioning offers Roseville heating and air conditioning services in the region and can help you increase the efficiency of your New Brighton heating and cooling systems to reduce your energy bills.