Energy efficiency upgrades refer to the implementation of measures and technologies that reduce energy consumption while maintaining or improving performance. These upgrades aim to optimize energy usage and lower utility costs.
At Logan Home Energy Services, we specialize in helping Central NC homeowners improve their energy efficiency, lower their energy bills, and promote a more sustainable future.
Get in touch with us today to learn more about our energy efficiency upgrade services, including:
- Air sealing
- Energy efficient HVAC system installation
- Duct sealing & repairs
- Programmable thermostat installation
- Oil to gas heating conversion
- And more
By adopting these upgrades, North Carolina homeowners can not only save money but also contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future, reducing their carbon footprint and promoting a greener approach to energy consumption.
Did you know that making energy efficiency upgrades to your home can make you eligible for energy rebates in North Carolina? Making energy efficiency a part of your home improvement plan is a smart investment that can pay dividends in the form of personal tax credits, rebates, property tax incentives, utility rate discounts, and more. There are also a number of loan and grant programs available to help you make upgrades to your home!
The state of North Carolina has many programs for renewable energy and energy efficiency. For more information, please visit the DSIRE website.
Improving your home's energy efficiency doesn't have to be complicated. Here are some simple yet effective ways to make your home more energy-efficient:
- Replace incandescent bulbs with LED or CFL lights: LED and CFL bulbs use significantly less energy and last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
- Seal air leaks: Check for drafts around windows, doors, and other openings. Seal gaps with weatherstripping or caulking to prevent heat loss in the winter and cool air escape in the summer.
- Install a programmable thermostat: Set the temperature to lower during colder months and higher during warmer months when you're away or asleep to save on heating and cooling costs.
- Use energy-efficient appliances: When replacing old appliances, choose Energy Star-rated models, which are designed to consume less energy.
- Insulate your home: Proper insulation in the walls, attic, and floors can significantly reduce heating and cooling energy usage.
- Lower water heater temperature: Lower the water heater temperature to 120°F (49°C) to save energy without sacrificing comfort.
- Unplug electronics and chargers: Many devices consume energy even when turned off. Unplug them or use power strips to easily disconnect multiple devices at once.
- Install energy-efficient windows: Double-pane or low-emissivity windows can minimize heat loss during winter and keep your home cooler in the summer.
- Plant trees strategically: Shade from trees can help reduce the heat absorbed by your home, leading to lower cooling costs.
- Opt for energy-efficient landscaping: Choose drought-resistant plants and water-efficient irrigation systems to conserve water and reduce energy used for landscaping maintenance.
By implementing these simple energy-efficient practices, you can reduce your home's energy consumption, lower utility bills, and contribute to a more sustainable environment.
Logan Home Energy Solutions can help customers throughout North Carolina within an expansive service territory. Find a location near you and contact us today.
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Energy loss can occur in various areas throughout a home. Identifying these common places of energy loss is crucial to improve energy efficiency. Here are some typical spots where energy loss may take place:
- Windows and Doors: Poorly sealed or single-pane windows and doors can allow drafts, leading to significant heat loss or gain, depending on the season.
- Attic and Roof: Inadequate insulation in the attic and roof can cause heat to escape during winter or enter during summer, resulting in higher energy consumption for heating and cooling.
- Walls: Poorly insulated walls can allow heat to transfer between the interior and exterior of the house, leading to increased energy usage for climate control.
- Basement and Crawlspace: Uninsulated basements or crawlspaces can contribute to energy loss, especially if there are cracks or gaps in the foundation.
- HVAC Ducts: Leaky or poorly insulated ductwork can result in energy loss, as conditioned air may escape before reaching its intended destination.
- Electrical Outlets and Switches: Gaps around electrical outlets and switches can create drafts, allowing heated or cooled air to escape.
- Chimney and Fireplace: Unused chimneys and fireplaces can be a source of heat loss if not properly sealed.
- Appliances and Electronics: Inefficient appliances and electronics that are left on standby mode can consume energy even when not in use.
- Vents and Exhaust Fans: Improperly sealed vents and exhaust fans can lead to energy loss and affect indoor air quality.
- Outdoor Gaps and Cracks: Cracks in the exterior walls, foundation, or gaps around pipes and utility entrances can allow air to infiltrate the home.
Addressing these common areas of energy loss through proper insulation, sealing, and regular maintenance can significantly improve a home's energy efficiency.