23 May Denver Heating and Cooling Contractors: Promoting Energy Efficiency
Thanks to their limited income, non-profit organizations have more reason to adopt energy-efficient heating and cooling in Denver. Once they do, however, the rewards can be very appealing. As Stephanie Carroll Carson and Mary Kuhlman reported in October 2013, for Public News Service-Colorado, Denver Urban Ministries was able to save about $200 per month with the help of folks from the Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC). All they did was to take certain energy-saving steps which, according to Nicole O’Connor of EOC, are pretty obvious:
“O’Connor said nonprofits and individuals can see a 5 to 7 percent savings by just turning off lights in the house, setting their thermostat at an appropriate level, and other behavior changes. That savings can climb to 20 percent if they choose major changes such as new windows, doors and HVAC units.”
The achievements of this non-profit organization can certainly be replicated by ordinary households in Denver if they simply gave more thought to their heaters and air conditioners. They don’t even have to rely on the EOC or to replace their current HVAC systems with newer ones because proper maintenance ensures that air conditioning units function efficiently. If an AC unit, furnace, or heater gets busted, homeowners shouldn’t hesitate to contact HVAC experts like Total Plumbing, Inc.
Promoting energy-efficiency at home, starting with the HVAC systems, is certainly a good idea, considering that the U.S. Energy Department says 45 percent of a home’s power consumption goes to space heating alone. Colorado itself is already in a bad position, since the average household in the state consumes about 103 million Btu (British thermal unit) per year; 15 percent more than the national average. To top it off, 54 percent of the state’s power supply goes to space heating; nine percent more than the Energy Department’s average.
Fortunately, there are things Denver households can do to reduce their heating and cooling costs, in addition to installing energy-efficient heaters and air conditioners. For example, adopting LEDs for lighting is a smart move since these lighting fixtures emit less heat. Cleaning the HVAC system regularly is also an effective method, as it boosts the system’s efficiency. This explains why preventive maintenance is a standard service offered by contractors for heating and air conditioning in Denver, CO.
At the end of the day, being a responsible and proactive homeowner in Denver is all that is needed to create an energy-efficient household. Finding effective solutions to household problems on energy consumption and utility costs starts with a proper consultation with HVAC experts on how efficient (or inefficient) your appliances are.
(Source: Energy Efficiency Adds to Nonprofits’ Bottom Line, Public News Service – Colorado, October 13, 2013)