Thinking BEYOND THE BOX:
a WHOLE-HOUSE approach to energy savings
Wouldn't it be great if you could buy a single improvement, "energy saving in a box," that would solve your home energy saving problems? Saving energy would be a lot simpler if you could "just" add more insulation, or "just" replace your old water heater, or "just" upgrade to new energy-efficient windows, or "just" change your light bulbs.
The truth is that each of these "boxes" could definitely result in improved energy performance and reduced utility costs. But your home's energy equation involves many variables. It's not possible to cure your home's energy ills by checking off a single box. If a contractor or salesperson insists that paying for a single repair or upgrade will solve your home energy problems, you can be sure you're being taken for a ride on the 'Optimism Express'. That's why it's wise to step away from the vehicle and give Dr. Energy Saver a call.
Your house is made up of many systems that serve your needs - for lighting, hot and cold water, comfortable indoor temperatures, healthy air quality, and power for appliances and plenty of other electrical devices. These systems interact, which means that when one system isn't working like it should, it affects the way other systems work. For example:
- Leaks in your duct system make your heating and cooling systems work harder, wasting energy and costing you money.
- The money you pay for hot water depends not only on the condition of your water heater, but also on pipe insulation, the faucets and showerheads in your house, and the efficiency of your dishwasher and washing machine.
- To save money on your electric bill, you have to consider improvements in many systems - lighting, appliances, air conditioning, heating, and water use, just for starters. Indirectly, air-sealing, insulation, ductwork, and even radiant barriers determine how much you pay for electricity every month.
Dr. Energy Saver makes it simple for you. Let us perform a Home Energy Audit, and we'll help show you where your home energy losses are, and we can even fix many of them at the same time.
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