Your Friendly Fall Energy Savings Guide
Fall is finally here! One important responsibility to take on this time of year is making sure your home is operating at optimal energy efficiency.
Here are some key energy-saving tips for the fall months:
Act now: Upgrade your pool pump
If that pool isn’t kept clean, the water could be ripe with bacteria, insects and dirty leaves. The solution is to have a quality pool pump that won’t run up your energy bill.
Two-speed vs Variable-speed pump
- If you have a two-speed pump, chances are an upgrade could potentially save you money. The two speeds it’s programmed to operate at usually aren’t the greatest in terms of energy efficiency.
- Instead, opt for a variable-speed pump. Like hybrid cars, these use a permanent magnet motor, which is more efficient than induction motors most two-speed pumps use.
Variable-speed pumps may also last longer because they produce less heat and don’t vibrate as much as induction motors. Once you have your variable-speed pump installed, know the best setting for it. Slower is better because it takes far less energy to run at a low setting than it does to move water quickly. You’ll also enjoy a quieter motor that won’t disrupt your relaxing pool time.
Swap out your air conditioner
Though fall is approaching, Texans know they’ll still be running their air conditioning for a few more months; 18 percent of the average Texas household’s energy spend goes toward cooling, three times as much as the average U.S. home, according to the Energy Information Administration.
If your air conditioner is more than a decade old, it’s time for a change. These outdated models aren’t as energy efficient as newer Energy Star A/Cs. Make the switch and you could save as much as 20 percent on cooling costs.
Not so fast: Rethink your heating strategy
The weather may be hot now, but that doesn’t mean having an efficient heater in place isn’t important. In fact, the average Texas household dedicates 22 percent of its energy spend on space heating, according to the EIA.
Energy Star noted that if your heater is more than 10 years old, it’s likely not operating at top efficiency. Replacing it with an Energy Star-qualified heater can make your home as much as 20 percent more efficient.
Adjust the thermostat
Heating your home starts with the heater, but there’s more to your heating strategy. How you use your thermostat can also help you save energy as well.
Keep your thermostat around 70 degrees for a comfortable temperature, but lower it at night and when you leave the house. This can lower your energy bill by as much as 10 percent.
For more energy saving tips, visit Gexa Energy’s website.