Saving Energy at Home

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Did you know that over half of your home energy use comes from heating and cooling your home?

Each month when the utility bill comes, it is met with great anxiety in most homes. “How is the bill so high?” “Why does my bill go up every year?” “There has to be more we can do to lower the bill.”

The cost of energy is on the rise and there are no signs of it dropping. Making your home as efficient as possible is your only option for reducing your energy bills.

The amount of effort your heating and cooling unit takes to heat and cool your home directly impacts your energy usage – and your energy bill.

Where to Find Energy Leaks

Understanding how you can improve your energy use begins by identifying patterns in energy inefficiency. Remedies can range from simply changing your air filters regularly to the more complex sealing and insulating your ducts.

Leaky Ductwork

Regardless of how low or high your thermostat is set, leaky ducts can still cost you. It is estimated that 20% of energy is wasted due to leaky ducts. You can inspect your home’s ductwork yourself or opt for assistance from a professional contractor.

Do-It Yourself Duct Improvements

Start by sealing and insulating accessible ducts. Despite its name, Duct Tape, it fails to provide a long-term solution to leaks. You can also inspect the connections of your ducts at vents and registers. Often times they can be disconnected and cause leaks.

Unfortunately there are limitations in ductwork visibility and HVAC expertise to eliminate inefficiencies without the help of a professional. Having a professional repair your unit should be viewed as a long-term investment in your home’s efficiency.

Hidden Air Leaks

Hidden air leaks are another source of energy waste. These air leaks are easily identifiable, as you will be able to feel the air pushing out. Windows, doors, and holes in the attic, basement or your crawlspace are all areas to inspect for hidden air leaks.

Indoor air quality starts with fresh air. Your home is designed to allow for a minimum amount of fresh air to circulate. If you are worried about sealing your home too tightly, a professional contractor can run diagnostic tests to determine how much air your home is actually leaking.

Basic Programmable Thermostat

Another way to improve energy efficiency is by changing out your old manual thermostat for a programmable thermostat.

Your manual thermostat can typically be adjusted when you are home or away to save a minimal amount on energy.  A programmable thermostat, however, allows you to schedule comfort settings in your home  even when you are away. By installing a programmable thermostat, you invest in a more energy-efficient future for your home

Choosing a Smarter Thermostat

Avoid wasteful energy on heating and cooling by installing a Sensi thermostat by Emerson.

The Sensi Thermostat eliminates copious energy waste and comes with some really great features.

1. Complete Control for the Consumer

A standard programmable thermostat won’t adapt to your busy schedule. Sensi allows you to control the climate in your home from anywhere. Whether you are leaving for an expected business trip or your late meeting was cancelled, you can communicate with your Sensi thermostat and change the temperature settings.

2. Installation Support

Scared of do-it-yourself home projects? The Sensi app will tell how to install your Sensi thermostat according to your heating & cooling system type.

Purchase a Sensi

You can find the Sensi in select home improvement stores and online retailers, including buying from this website.

You will also be able to purchase your Sensi thermostat from you local heating and cooling professionals. On your next maintenance inspection, ask them about the Sensi to improve your comfort and home’s energy efficiency.

10 Ways You Can Save Money While On Vacation

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Thermostat and Home Tips for Your Vacation

The point of taking a vacation is to relax. But, you may not be able to rest and refresh if you’re worrying about the energy your home is consuming while the house is empty. Use these 10 home tips for your vacation to save money, unwind while you are gone, and feel secure in your ability to change thermostat programming from your mobile device.

1. Vacation mode.

You should not simply turn off your HVAC equipment while you are gone. You can use the vacation mode setting, or adjust your Sensi thermostat programming remotely, to decrease heating and cooling of your home while you are not there.

2. Using blinds.

Windows are a common source of heat loss and gain in the home. While you are away in the summer plan to keep the blinds closed to minimize heat gain and in the winter keep the heat in by closing the blinds.

3. Window insulation.

During the cold months, you lose a lot of heat out of your windows. Before you leave consider putting plastic shrink film on your windows, which adds an extra layer of insulation to prevent heat loss.

4. Light timers.

Many people choose to leave a number of lights or the television on while they go on holiday, so burglars are not aware of their absence. Put these appliances on a light timer to lower energy consumption and save money.

5. Water heater temperature.

Since no one at your home will need hot water, you may turn down the gas on your water heater to the minimum 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Just remember to turn it up again as needed when you get home.

6. Pool and hot tub temperatures.

While no one is home you should lower your pool temperature or hot tub settings and minimize the filter run times.

7. Faucet leaks.

A dripping faucet can waste as much as 90 gallons of water per day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Make sure all faucets are closed tightly before you leave, including washing machines. A burst water hose can be very costly.

8. Turning off toilets.

If your toilet has a slow leak, the bowl could overflow without your attention. Turn off the water to the toilet to prevent wasted water and potential damage to your bathroom.

9. Refrigerator settings.

For longer trips, be sure to empty your refrigerator of all perishables. And, you can safely put the refrigerator at a lower setting while there is no food in it.

10. Vampire electronics.

Many pieces of equipment use energy even when they are turned off. Unplug any unnecessary electronics to stop this loss.
Once you are on your vacation, you know that you will enjoy yourself. By following these tips, you will decrease your energy consumption and save money on your utility bills.

Misconceptions About Wi-Fi Thermostats

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Learn about the benefits of internet thermostats and home temperature control

 

Internet thermostats and smart devices are in more homes than ever as consumers become more familiar with home automation technology. Despite the increase in adoption, there are still some common misconceptions about Wi-Fi thermostats. Are you missing out on the convenience and cost-saving options offered by connected home products? Let us take a moment to quell these myths about internet thermostats…

I’ll never use it.

When was the last time you changed the TV channel without a remote? You’ll feel the same way after using internet thermostats. Once you start using home automation technology, you’ll never know how you lived without your thermostat remote control. Set, change, and schedule your home temperature from across the room or across the country. Here are a few ways that our customers are using their Sensi™ Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat…

“Don’t have to worry about not getting home in time to turn off the AC during the peak times.” – Spruster

“Great products for travelers. We control from our vacation home.” – Jerome

“Helps me ensure the roommate doesn’t run up the bill in the night.” – Todd B.

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It will be too hard to install. 

So you’re a little apprehensive about thermostat installation? We understand that some options on the market can be a tad intimidating. Fortunately, we’ve built Sensi thermostat with you in mind. You don’t need to be a handyman to install; just download the free mobile app. The clearly illustrated in-app instructions will easily guide you through each step of the thermostat installation and connection process with confidence.

Need a little more proof? Read Dan’s review on dadlogic.net. Dan wrote that the Sensi thermostat is “user-friendly”, “fool proof” and “doesn’t need a PhD to use”.

 

They’re too expensive.

If you’ve already started researching internet thermostats, you probably know that many popular smart devices can cost as much as $250 and some even charge monthly fees. The folks over at wirecutter.com chose Sensi thermostat as its best budget pick when reviewing the best smart thermostats.

Installing and programming an energy-efficient thermostat can also help you to reduce wasteful heating and cooling, lower your energy use by up to 30% each month and do all this without sacrificing your home comfort. Being connected makes it easy to reduce your energy costs by simply turning the dial down a few degrees when you aren’t home or when you’re sleeping.

And you’re not the only one interested in thermostat savings. Your utility company is, too. Since your home energy efficiency generates energy reduction results for them, many utilities offer consumer thermostat rebates and incentives for your purchase. We’ll even help you look up offers so you can quickly find out if a Sensi thermostat rebate is available in your area. Some rebates are as high as $100, which nearly pays for the cost of an entire thermostat. Assuming an average rebate amount is $25, your new Sensi thermostat would cost approximately $100.

Visit our rebates page to start your search. Enter your zip code in the tool and it will display the utility company, rebate amount, rules and specifications, and a link to the program form.

 

Before you buy one of the new internet thermostats…

  • Make sure you have a good Wi-Fi connection.
  • Know your HVAC system and check for compatibility.
  • Make sure your new device works with your existing smart home automation hub. Sensi thermostat works with Wink and Amazon Echo.