Saving Energy = Saving Money
Cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency often go hand-in-hand. Many readers may recall when federal legislation took halogen and incandescent bulbs off the shelves. The traditional light bulb design was an energy hog with a relatively short life-span compared to other lighting options. Even with new energy-efficient halogen bulbs that meet industry standards back on the market, they still can’t beat the effectiveness of CFL (compact fluorescent light) and LED (light emitting diode) options in terms of energy and overall cost savings.
Switching over a home or business to CFL or LED became part of our public conversation about efficiency and sustainability seen in newspapers, on the news and in the aisles of home improvement stores. But what about other opportunities to save energy and money? A residential or commercial Energy Usage Evaluation by a Cooper Mechanical Services technician is the best way to identify the shortcomings in your electrical, HVAC, refrigeration and air quality systems that are weighing heavily on your wallet and energy usage. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy finds that a professional audit and subsequent efficiency upgrades can save you 5-30% on your energy bill!
What Is An Energy Usage Evaluation?
When a Cooper Mechanical Services technician arrives at your home or office, he or she will consult with you to learn of any existing issues like decreased heating or cooling airflow, inconsistent room temperatures, drafty doors or windows and other known problems. The energy usage evaluation will consider past usage and costs, analyzing bills and energy-related expenses. Finally, a highly-trained Cooper Mechanical expert will conduct a room by room analysis to look for areas that may benefit from modification or upgrade.
What Tools Will They Use in an Energy Usage Evaluation?
When a CMS professional arrives, they will have many tools and devices to help analyze your home or office’s energy usage. Here is a sampling of what they may use during your audit:
- Flashlight: this low-tech device can be incredibly useful to see behind major appliances to check for visible problems that may strain the unit and expend more energy
- Infrared Camera: this tool will help identify cool and warm spots in rooms, helping CMS determine the issues with airflow, insulation or leakage
- Watt Meter: this tool will measure the electrical energy used by devices in your home
- Blower: this is helpful for testing for leaks in doors and windows
You may not consider an energy evaluation to be essential if you aren’t noticing any serious problems, but consider this: Energy.gov finds that the average home has enough air leakage to add up to the equivalent of a 2-foot square hole!
What Are You Waiting For?
Energy Usage Evaluations are important to keeping your home–and your wallet–comfortable. Serving Myrtle Beach, Conway and the greater Grand Strand area, Cooper Mechanical Services takes comfort in making you comfortable.