How to Save Energy Costs in the Summer and Winter

Americans generally spend thousands of dollar a year on their utility bills. Not only is much of this wasted energy, but more carbon dioxide is emitted into the air from one home than two average cars. The following tips will help you save energy costs both the hot and cold seasons.

In the Summer:

* Proper maintenance of your air conditioner can increase its efficiency by about five per cent

Replace the air filters that keep dust out of the duct system – usually every three months for most models.
Remember to check the SEER number (an energy efficiency rating) of an air conditioner before you make this important purchase. An energy efficient air conditioner may be more expensive but it could pay for itself during its lifetime.
Get your air conditioner tuned up on a regular basis. You can clean the outside compressor yourself with a hose, removing debris that impedes air flow.
Following instructions and safety precautions from your air conditioner’s manufacturer, you can also clean the grilles and fan blades, clean and lubricate the fan motor, and clean the coil fins.

* Reduce the time your air conditioner is on

Raise the thermostat by 1 C and lower your electricity bill up to five per cent.
Open windows at night and use fans to blow in cool air. During the day, close your windows and draw the curtains closed to keep out solar energy.
Use fans to cool your room. You can cool the main floor of a house by using a fan to blow cool air up from the basement.

* Go ‘green’ and lower your electricity bill

Planting the right vegetation can lower your energy consumption. A tree or shrub that shades your central air conditioner can improve its efficiency by up to 10 per cent.
Consider planting a deciduous tree on the south side of your lawn to block the sun during the summer, and let in solar energy during the winter when it sheds its leaves.

In the Winter:

Since up to 25 per cent of heat loss is through windows, plastic window covers can help reduce drafts. They can be purchased at most hardware stores.
Keep window curtains open during the day to allow solar energy into your home.
Put removable, temporary caulking on the inside of your windows that you can peel off in the spring.
Reduce the temperature on your thermostat when you’re not at home and overnight. Many new thermostats can be programmed to change the temperature automatically.
If you have forced air heating in your home, give your furnace a break by having ducts cleaned regularly and checked for leaks. Leaky air ducts can cause distribution losses of up to 30 per cent.

Carbon Emissions Reduction

While we might all agree that greenhouse gas emissions need to be curtailed to prevent its adverse effects to the environment, ultimately, the government takes on a major role in initiating change in this aspect. Some are already moving in this direction, as in the United Kingdom a cap and trade carbon system has been introduced to force the largest consumers to cut back on their conventional methods and their output of these dangerous gases.

Also known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), the cap and trade carbon system is aimed at the largest carbon producers and has been recently introduced in the United Kingdom. Over a period of time a limit is to be placed on the amount of carbon emissions considered safe and each individual organization will have to trade allowances with the government to be able to emit carbon gases at all.

The British government has decided that approximately 5,000 companies in the country are major producers of greenhouse gases due to their consumption of energy. In two years time, every company shall be required to curtail carbon footprint, in compliance of the cap and trade carbon system. Those that do not, will find that they face an increasing cost as they purchase their carbon allowances and will also find that their underperformance will be communicated to society as a whole.

The Carbon Reduction Commitment has set goals of reducing the overall level of emissions each year up until 2050, by which time the intention is that carbon emissions will have been reduced by 80%. It is felt that this kind of aggressive action is necessary to ensure that even more serious and potentially devastating damage to our environment and climate is contained.

Carbon Catcher is a new service designed and offered by RCE Services UK Ltd, an electrical contractor for the industrial and commercial sectors based in Leeds. They are here to help your business with your carbon reduction commitment by reducing your energy usage and assist with investigating low energy options in more depth for your company.

This is a unique service for the commercial and industrial sectors designed to help your company reduce your carbon footprint, managing down your emissions on an ongoing basis and most importantly your bills.

The Carbon Catcher service is able to offer a bespoke energy reduction consultancy service carefully taking you through every step of the way to reduce your energy consumption. This will include a site visit to carry out a survey, a personalised report specifically for your business, potential funding to help with your project, and lastly installation and after care experience. Their aim is to ensure a high quality service that you are sure to want to recommend to others with minimum hassle and maximum savings for your business.