4Energy Use Factors

  • Heat up for less with a heat pump. Building a home is the perfect time to consider heating type including whether or not you would like to install a heat pump. Heat pumps are a very efficient way to heat your home and can also provide air conditioning in the summer months.
  • Dreaming of a hot tub? It may cost you as much as $100 each month to heat. If you do choose to install a hot tub be sure to invest in an energy efficient cover. 50% of heat loss comes from the top of the tub. Look for thicker covers that have a higher R-Value to reduce heat loss through the top. As well, make sure to keep on top of cover maintenance. Heat loss happens much more rapidly once a cover becomes water logged or experiences UV damage.
  • Hot water accounts for about 13% of a home’s electricity usage. Reduce your water consumption by installing efficient appliances and fixtures such as faucet aerators in kitchen and bathrooms. And don’t underestimate the value of installing high efficient shower heads.
  • Look for energy efficient lighting as you choose fixtures and bulbs. Efficient lighting comes in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles. Consider purchasing ENERGY STAR® light fixtures and bulbs. Install dimmers to set the mood and save energy.