As much as half of the average homeowner's monthly utility expenses go
toward cooling and heating, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
For many households, that makes energy the largest home-related expense each
month, next to a mortgage payment.
Fortunately, numerous technological advances are making it easier than ever to
manage home energy use. In fact, the DOE estimates you can save as much as 10
percent a year on energy costs by simply adjusting the temperature up or down
when you're away during the day. Installing a programmable thermostat that never
forgets to adjust on a busy morning and kicks back on before you arrive home can
help you earn these savings and reduce energy consumption.
Newer smart, programmable thermostats can be controlled remotely by
internet-connected devices, such as tablets and smartphones. Some models can
also monitor your energy usage and system efficiency, providing data to help you
make further adjustments to how you operate your HVAC system.
Lighting is another major energy challenge. However, smart light bulbs let you
adjust your home's ambiance (and energy usage) with just a couple of quick taps.
Paired with motion sensors that detect movement (or a lack thereof) and adjust
lighting accordingly, smart bulbs can help reduce the waste of energy caused by
lighting unused rooms.
Similarly, smartphone applications that connect to other appliances, utilities
and home features offer the best of personalized comfort and convenience while
providing tools to help minimize your home's energy consumption.
Zoned Climate Control
If you're like most homeowners, there are parts of your house that simply don't
get much use or only get used during certain times of the day. Maintaining the
temperature in those uninhabited areas can be costly and wasteful. As an
alternative, an option such as zoned climate control allows you to stay
comfortable in the rooms you use without spending a fortune on energy bills.
While a zoned system is generally considered a premium home feature, it isn't
unattainable and actually offers long-term savings, due to its energy-efficient
operation. The home is divided into zones, designated by floors, rooms or areas
- however the homeowner chooses - which eliminates the "all on" feature of
traditional air conditioners.
A system like Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating's Zoned Comfort Solutions
offers a true zoning-system with convenient controls and automation, along with
whisper-quiet operation. Both ducted and non-ducted units are available
depending on the space and occupant needs. Additionally, some models have
advanced filtration features to help eliminate allergens, contributing to
improved air quality.
For a new build, installing a zoned system from the outset is relatively simple.
However, zoned systems are also a possible solution for replacing your home's
HVAC system or rectifying a problem with a single uncomfortable room. Pairing
the system with sensors or remote app controls can bring operating costs even
lower through computerized automation.
Another option to offset some of your home's energy and utility costs is
generating your own renewable energy through solar or wind power systems.
Installation depends on many variables, such as how much energy you use, local
codes and standards, and whether the house and surrounding terrain are situated
to allow you to capture adequate natural power. For a home under construction,
your builder should be able to offer guidance; for an existing home, contacting
a local renewable energy organization or state office is a smart first step.
Find more ways to save money on your energy bill at mitsubishicomfort.com.