Tag: energy-saving

3 Spring Efficiency Tips for First-Time Homeowners

spring efficiency for first-time homeowners

If you recently became a homeowner or are going to become one for the first time, congratulations! Owning a home gives you a great deal of independence and autonomy, but it is also a great deal of responsibility. There are many ways you can keep your home in good condition, but one of the most important ways we’re going to talk about today is energy-efficiency. An energy-efficient home costs less to run and maintain, is more comfortable to live in, is better for the environment AND has a higher resale value! If you don’t know what you can do to up the energy savings in your home, don’t worry. The pros at Roman Electric are here to help you out with some great spring efficiency tips for first-time homeowners.

1. Save Up on Heating and Cooling

Your heating and cooling system is one of the heaviest consumers of energy in your home. So, if you want to save up on your energy bill, start with your HVAC unit! There are multiple ways you can save up on cooling this spring:

  • Set Your Thermostat a Few Degrees Higher

According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% on heating and cooling bills by setting your thermostat 7-10 degrees higher for 8 hours a day. Try out this energy-saving method and see if you notice a change in your energy bill. If you have a programmable or smart thermostat, this might be fairly easy to try out.

  • Use Fans

Instead of relying entirely on your HVAC unit to provide cooling, set your thermostat at a bit of a higher temperature and use fans instead. Fans create a wind-chill effect, cooling the person instead of the room.

  • Change Your Air Filter

One of the easiest ways to maintain your HVAC unit is by changing the air filter. Not only will it improve your AC’s efficiency as well as your home’s indoor air quality, it will also reduce your unit’s consumption by 5 to 15%!

2. Use Low-Flow Fixtures

Water conservation comes under the umbrella of energy-efficiency and spring efficiency. So, if you want to save up a little bit on your water bill, try installing low-flow fixtures. A lot of toilets, showerheads and faucets are on the more wasteful side and low-flow fixtures get the same job done without wasting too much water. According to the DOE, low-flow faucets and showerheads can cost up to $20 a piece while saving water by up to 60%.

3. Choose LED Lights

Consider switching to LED lights in your new home. These lights last 25 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs and use at least 75% less energy. By simply replacing 5 of your home’s most frequently used lights with LEDs, you could save $75 a year in energy costs.

Want more energy-efficiency tips for your new home? Get in touch with the pros at Roman Electric! Call us today at 414-369-3798 or schedule a service with us on our website!

Why is HVAC Maintenance So Important?

why is hvac maintenance so important

Your HVAC system is one of the most frequently used appliances in your home, which is why it is important to keep it up to date and well-maintained. However, sometimes homeowners might not always understand the importance of consistently keeping their HVAC system well-maintained. Don’t worry though, because the pros at Roman Electric are here to offer some facts on why HVAC maintenance is so important!

1. Better Indoor Air Quality

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors. Some allergens and pollutants such as mold and ozone might have a higher concentration indoors than they do outdoors. That is why it’s so important to find ways to maintain good indoor air quality – and one of the most effective ways you can do this is by maintaining your HVAC system. By taking small easy steps such as changing your air filter or cleaning out your vents, you will be ensuring your indoor air is allergen-free!

2. Save Money

Simply by changing your air filter once or twice a month you can reduce your unit’s energy consumption by up to 15%, ultimately reducing your energy bill. Maintaining your system can also prevent bigger problems in the future such as a frozen evaporator coil, a damaged outdoor condenser or leaking refrigerant. These problems might require costly repairs, which can be prevented by having your system professionally inspected yearly or inspecting it yourself occasionally.

3. Peace of Mind

By dedicating a few hours to HVAC maintenance, whether it is professional or DIY, you will be avoiding sudden breakdowns sending you into panic-mode and taking time out of your daily plans. HVAC emergency repairs are no fun because they are so exhausting to deal with. However, they can most definitely be avoided with the help of HVAC tune-ups earlier on.

4. Longer Equipment Life

By scheduling annual HVAC maintenance, you can extend the life span of your HVAC unit. Your system is generally wearing out due to continuous usage. But frequent breakdowns caused by carelessness can worsen your unit’s performance quickly. Before you know it, you’ll have to start looking for a replacement which takes a great deal of time, effort and research. If that’s not something you want to deal with right now, try to take care of the HVAC system you have by scheduling annual maintenance, changing your filter and having your coils cleaned.

5. Safety

Dealing with HVAC equipment that is on the brink of failure can be dangerous. For example, if your heat exchanger develops a crack, it might release harmful carbon monoxide in the air. If your refrigerant lines are worn out, refrigerant might leak through gaps in the lines. These are potentially dangerous substances and by inspecting your unit, you can prevent them from harming you.

Maintain Your HVAC System with Roman Electric!

We hope this guide clarified why HVAC maintenance is so important. If you want to learn more about HVAC maintenance, get in touch with the pros at Roman Electric! Call us today at 414-369-3798 or schedule a service on our website!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Read Your Electric Bill

Every month, we receive that piece of paper in the mail that none of us ever like to see. When the energy bill arrives, we hold our breath while we open it. Is it going to be ridiculously high, or is it more manageable this month? We’re not going to get into the most effective strategies for lowering your energy usage, at least not in this blog.

For this one, we’re going to take a step back and approach it from a more general angle. Before you figure out how to lower your energy bill, it’s important that you learn to better understand it in the first place! Here’s how to do just that, from the energy pros at Roman Electric!

The Important Parts

When you glance at your energy bill, there are a handful of numbers or items that should be the most important. These are the ones you’ll obviously want to look at every month – and unless you just pay the bill without looking, you already take a glance at these numbers anyway.

  • Amount Due: Of course! This is the number most everyone cares about more than anything. How much you’re paying is a good thing to know. It’ll usually be easily discernible and printed clearly.
  • Account Number: Assuming your energy provider does business like the majority of the other ones in America do, you’ll see your account number printed somewhere on the bill. This gives you a handy reference point when you’ve got a complaint or question you need to bring up with your provider.
  • kWh Used: This number is how the utility company determines how much to charge you. The electricity meter shows a certain number indicating how many kilowatt-hours you used, and they multiply that number by your rate to determine the bill.

Other Items on the Bill

That just scratches the surface. There are plenty of other numbers and labels on the bill, but they aren’t as important in terms of figuring out how much energy you’re using and how much you’re paying.

  • Charge Breakdown: The bill will probably itemize the different components of your total amount due. This will be made up of things like a generation charge (which will be the bulk of your bill), distribution charge and a transmission charge. Although most of your energy is spent generating the electricity, it costs money to get it to travel down the wires and to your home.
  • Graph showing your energy profile: It helps to know how much energy you’ve been using compared to recent months. Most energy providers will include a bar graph, or something similar, displaying your usage from month-to-month to help you keep your consumption in check.

 

The energy bill is never any fun, but it’s smart to be an educated consumer so you know what you’re getting each month. Of course, it’s always probably smartest to call your energy provider if you’ve got specific questions.

Here at Roman Electric, though, we pride ourselves on helping our Milwaukee neighbors create the most energy-efficient homes around. Get in touch with us, and we’ll work with you to implement solutions that are tailored specifically for you and your family.

Call us at 414-369-3798 for more information!