5 Ways to Beat the Heat in Chattanooga

2015 Regulations Affect Homeowner Expense

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced two new regulations that impacted the state of Tennessee on January 1, 2015. These two new regulations involve homeowner’s water heaters and air conditioners.

Raised Efficiency Standards for Air Conditioners

The seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration has increased from 13 to 14. It is based on the amount a unit cools and the amount of  energy it uses throughout the hottest months of the year. The newly required seasonal energy efficiency ration of 14 units means an average increase in cost anywhere from 55-65 percent. Starting next year on July 1, 2016, all air conditioner units that are installed are required to be a 14 or higher.

Water Heaters are Expected to have Higher Energy Ratings

Starting on April 16, 2015,the department of energy will require higher energy ratings on almost all water heaters. Water heaters will be designed, manufactured and installed differently to increase long term energy savings. Information from RIS Media: http://rismedia.com/2015-01-01/new-regulations-affect-homeowners-in-2015/ lake_breeze

Top 5 Ways to Help with Energy Efficiency

  1. Block Sun from your Windows. 
    Closing your blinds and curtains throughout the hottest times of the day can help reduce heat entering into your home by as much as 45%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  2. Give Your A/C some TLC
    Keep reminders on your calendars to know when to replace your air filter each  month during the spring and summer. This will help make sure you get the best quality airflow with more efficient and effective cooling throughout your home. Have a certified specialist check your air ducts for leaks because leaks can “reduce a system’s efficiency as much as 15% according to the U.S. Department of Energy.”
  3. Let Your Technology Rest
    While your computers, both desktop and laptop, video game players and other technology devices are running, they produce heat. So make it a practice to shut down your computer systems and other devices, or set up a “sleep mode” so that after being idle for more than 10 minutes they shut down.
  4. Take a Step Back in Time
    Cut down on your energy costs by lowering your usage of appliances that use heat such as clothes dryer, dishwasher and oven. Instead hang your clothes out to dry, air dry your dishes and use your grill for cooking on those nice warm days!
  5. Use a Fan
    Although a fan does not lower the temperature inside your home, if you let it run along with the air conditioning unit, it can make it feel cooler because it evaporates sweat and spreads the air throughout the room. Also, make sure to turn on your vent when you take those hot showers/baths to help reduce humidity.

If you are interested in more ways to save on energy costs visit energy.gov or energyright.com.