Go green and save – CPS Energy Newsroom
Over the past year or so, we’ve all spent a lot of time at home and you’ve probably noticed a few things around the house that could use updating. With spring temperatures and extended daylight, this time of year is perfect for tackling those maintenance projects and improvement ideas.
You do not know where to start ? Consider these energy efficiency projects for your home, and if you are a business owner, some of these projects may work for your business as well. They can save you money on your monthly energy bill and are also good for the environment.
Adapt your home to bad weather
Start by insulating and insulating your home or business or checking the condition of existing items. It’s important to withstand inclement weather and achieve greater energy efficiency all year round, especially when temperatures hit triple digits.
Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with caulk and weatherstripping. Prevent fresh air from escaping by closing your fireplace damper in your home and keeping exterior doors and windows closed. Keeping cool air from escaping is the first step in keeping you cool and comfortable this summer, and essential in keeping your hard-earned cash from going out the window.
Other simple and inexpensive things to do include replacing worn out door brushes, insulating electrical outlets and switches, and adding insulation in the attic, if budget allows.
Need help with weatherization? Our SaveNow Casa Verde Weatherization Program helps homeowners and income-qualified tenants reduce energy loss (and costs) through free energy efficiency upgrades.
Keep your air conditioner well maintained
One of the most effective ways to save energy is to give your HVAC system a little TLC. Following a routine maintenance schedule performed by a licensed and bonded professional at least twice a year will ensure that your air conditioner is clean and operating efficiently. A well-maintained air conditioning unit runs more efficiently, uses less energy, and can prevent costly breakdowns, which keep money in your pocket. It also saves you the trouble of seeking help from a reputable air conditioning company during their high demand time of year – the hot summer days. Routine maintenance helps maintain a comfortable temperature in your home and business.
In addition to routine maintenance, check and replace air filters every two weeks from May to September, if necessary. Dirty filters restrict airflow, forcing the system to work harder.
And with the convenience of a WiFi programmable thermostat, managing the temperature in your home or business is a snap. Whether you own one or are considering purchasing one, registering your WiFi thermostats in the WiFi Thermostat Rewards program can save you more money. Earn discounts in the form of bill credits while enjoying many other amenities of a WiFi thermostat. Learn more about the program and eligible thermostats by visiting the Wi-Fi Thermostat Rewards Web page. Additionally, you will want to understand the 20 degree difference that affects the operational efficiency of your air conditioning system.
Are you looking for other ways to improve your energy efficiency and save money? Visit Save now and find out what energy saving programs and discounts are available for your home or business.
Invest in energy efficient light bulbs
Another easy, environmentally friendly and energy efficient project to consider is installing LED bulbs. Replacing incandescent and fluorescent bulbs with LED bulbs will play a role in the overall energy efficiency of your home or business.
Besides emitting less heat and using less energy, LEDs last longer, saving you money. According to energy.gov, good quality LED bulbs can last over 25 times longer than traditional bulbs and can have a useful life of 25,000 hours. That equates to more than three years if it’s run 24/7.
There are many benefits to having an eco-friendly home or business, but you can further increase your energy savings by taking steps to reduce energy use. Using natural light as much as possible and turning off the lights when you leave the room is a free and easy action to save energy on a daily basis.
Install solar panels
Investing in solar is a great way to go green and save money on your energy bill.
CPS Energy offers a rebate to customers to help offset the initial cost of installing a system. Before investing in solar, we recommend that you shop around and get at least three quotes from a CPS Energy registered solar entrepreneur. Learn more about solar discounts.
At the end of the line
Eco-friendly improvement projects are a valuable investment in your home and business and the right direction towards a Environmentally friendly and Resilient future. We invite you to join us on this path. For more ways to save energy and money through conservation and energy efficiency, visit CPS Energy.