We’d Like to Suggest a New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of year—resolution time! And we’d like to suggest a New Year’s resolution you might not have thought of: to be more energy efficient in 2019 and beyond.

Put Some Energy into Planning Your Resolution

When it comes to a New Year’s resolution, many people start off with great enthusiasm. After a month or so, the drive to accomplish the resolution often proves unsustainable. The problem? Many people get started without a solid plan for achieving an otherwise sensible New Year’s resolution. A resolution to be more energy efficient in 2019 is no different: Those who mean to achieve this New Year’s resolution need to make a plan for success.

Resolve to Get a Free GVEC Energy Audit

You might be wondering: How do I start on my goal to be more energy efficient in 2019? A good first step toward achieving this New Year’s resolution is a free home energy audit by GVEC. Many companies charge large fees for energy audits, but we provide this service free to all GVEC members. What’s more, we tailor each audit to the member’s specific concerns and problem areas. We’ll answer your questions and help map out solutions and improvements that make your journey to energy efficiency more achievable.

What to Expect with a Free Home Energy Audit by GVEC

The process starts with a phone call to GVEC (800.223.4832) and a conversation with one of our energy solutions specialists (formerly known as member services advisors). Our specialist will ask questions about your energy usage, answer any questions you might have and schedule an appointment to come do the audit in your home. During the audit itself, the specialist will ask about and assess:

Your Attic

How old is the insulation in your attic? When, if ever, did you last check the insulation? The specialist will do an inspection, keeping an eye out for crushed, sagging or missing insulation. They will also measure the insulation’s R-value, which provides a rating of its resistance to heat flow. For our region, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends a rating of R-30 to R-60. If your insulation’s value is R-19 or less, you may qualify for rebates to upgrade to a more efficient standard. Ask your specialist about it.

Your Doors and Windows

When was the last time you checked your doors and windows for leaks? Sealing and plugging even the smallest crevices and cracks can significantly impact your electric bill. You might be thinking, “I’m not an energy professional! How do I spot leaks? What kind of caulk should I use?” During your free home energy audit by GVEC, your energy solutions specialist will help with all that. He/she even has a special infrared camera to spot temperature differences around the home where outside air might be leaking in or conditioned air may be escaping.

Your Refrigerators and Freezers

How many operating refrigerators and/or freezers do you own? How old are they? Are any of them located in a non-climate-controlled environment? How full do you keep them? The answers to these questions and others will help the specialist determine how efficient these appliances are and if they’re guzzling energy.

Your Light Bulbs

What kind of light bulbs do you use in your home? If you’re not already using them, switching to LED bulbs can greatly reduce the energy consumption of these devices. During your free home energy audit by GVEC, our specialist will help you determine which bulbs to consider upgrading.

Your Energy Vampires

On both our blog and here in the GVEC Review, we frequently write about appliances that consume energy even when they’re turned off. DVD players, gaming systems, smart TVs, certain coffeemakers—all these and more fall into this category. Our energy solutions specialist will help you spot such energy wasters and will discuss solutions with you, too.

Your AC Filter

When was the last time you changed your AC filter? A clean filter protects your AC/heating system’s evaporator coil—one of its most critical and costly parts. Regularly changing the filter can also lower your HVAC unit’s energy consumption by five-to-15 percent, while reducing your and your family’s exposure to allergens. How often should you change the filter? Recommendations vary by AC/heating system and filter type (ask your specialist for more info on these), but a good rule of thumb is to change it monthly.

Your AC/Heating System

When was the last time you had your AC/heating system inspected and serviced? HVAC inspection is one of the most important parts of your free home energy audit by GVEC. Why? Because your AC/heating system is the biggest energy consumer in your home. GVEC’s energy solutions specialist will do a complete assessment, pinpointing trouble areas and making suggestions for improvement and/or fixes.

Subsequently, as our specialist will tell you, if your system is older than 10 years, you might consider replacing it. In terms of technological advancements, 10 years can be an eternity and a new system can save lots of money over time. That’s why GVEC Home offers a complete line of high efficiency heating and cooling equipment. Plus, we back every system and every job with second-to-none warranties, along with the experience and expertise to make sure you get maximum value, comfort and usage from your new equipment.

Wanna be more Energy Efficient in 2019? Contact GVEC!

To get started on your New Year’s resolution to be more energy efficient in 2019, call and speak with a GVEC energy solutions specialist at 800.223.4832.

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