Your energy bill is likely the largest one in your stack. The costs of keeping your home running are growing and growing and it seems like our budgets are shrinking in response. Cutting your energy usage is one of the best ways to see a difference in your family’s bottom line. It might seem like an insurmountable task but there are plenty of ways to trim your energy bill without resorting to drastic measures.
There are many little thieves when it comes to energy usage. Every little crack in the weather stripping, each electronic device left running and every light switch still pointing to the sky can all steal energy only to waste it. Fixing all the little power leaks will help you trim your bill but you should also be looking for the big thieves too!
The primary culprit in a high energy bill is often the heating and cooling system. This is the big guy – it’s responsible for more of your power bill that just about any other system or machine with a plug. It can account for up to half (or even more) of your total bill. Cutting its drain on your power can make a visible difference on the first energy bill. One of the best ways to cut this power usage is to upgrade to a heat pump.
Heat pumps are some of the most efficient systems that the average home owner can buy. For each dollar’s worth of electricity that a heat pump uses, it puts out around $2 to $4 worth of heat. It also does double-duty as a central air conditioning system in the warmer months. You get year-round climate control in a single system. That’s efficient!
The typical homeowner will be looking at an air-source heat pump (as opposed to a ground heat-source or geothermal unit). These systems are reasonable priced because installation isn’t very difficult in most homes. They are easy to access for service and routine maintenance isn’t problematic.
On average, a homeowner can expect to see about a 30% to 40% reduction in his power bill after installing a heat pump. That’s a big difference and you will normally see the savings right away. You can expect a heat pump to last at least 10 years with proper care and maintenance but many can serve your family for up to 30 years.
It sounds almost too good to be true but heat pumps really are that much more efficient when compared to your old furnace or boiler system. That’s because they don’t actually generate or manufacture heat like your furnace or boiler. They extract it from the air outside.
Even cold winter air has some heat to extract. Choosing the right heat pump for your climate is important to maximize its efficiency. Some are better suited to colder climates and others work best in milder zones. Phoenix is an ideal climate for most heat pumps. If you’ve been considering a new air conditioner installation, perhaps you should be looking at a heat pump instead.
Combat a shrinking budget by cutting your home energy costs. Investigate what a heat pump can do for your budget.