How to winterize your home for maximum efficiency
Cooler temperatures have moved in and we at Mesa Electric want to share some of the best ways to save money this Winter.
#1: Improve Furnace Use Efficiency
Invest in a smart thermostat that can automatically
turn down the heat setting when no one is home. Nest, one of the leading smart thermostat manufacturers, reports that the Nest Thermostat saves 10-12% on heating. Based on typical energy costs, this results in average savings of $131 to $145 each year. This means that the Nest Thermostat pays for itself within two years. Money well spent!
Link to Nest’s Energy Savings Whitepaper: https://nest.com/-downloads/press/documents/energy-savings-white-paper.pdf
#2: Set Ceiling Fan direction to Clockwise
In a given room, warm air rises and collects at the top of the room. The temperature difference between the bottom of a room and the top of a room can be as much as 10F. Turning the ceiling fan to a gentle clockwise setting will circulate the warm air outward and down the sides of the room, resulting in an increase in ambient temperature.
Most ceiling fans have a switch to set “Winter” (clockwise) mode, which will draw the warm air down, and a “Summer” (counter-clockwise) mode, which will generate a cooling breeze.
#3: Use LED bulbs and decorations
According to the Department of Energy, LEDs are one of the most efficient and rapidly improving technologies in the industry. The lifetime of an LED is 25x longer than incandescent bulbs, yet they only draw 25% of the power. They do cost more initially; however, they quickly provide a positive ROI. What are you waiting for?
To learn more about how LEDs work, visit this website: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money/led-lighting
Mesa Electric is well equipped to help you with all of your electrical needs, including those referenced in this article. We are a leader in the industry and have decades of experience helping customers determine the right products and services. We stand firmly behind our quality, as most of our work comes from referrals. Will you be our next referral? Call today: 303-648-3307.