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    Energy Conservation Resources

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If each homeowner does their part, then reducing energy waste can be a reality. Learning about affordable home energy solutions reveals avenues for saving fuel and money. Call Cincinnati Energy Solutions at (513) 208-2529 to find out more. 

    Hot Water on Demand - HGTV

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Homeowners lose money and water each year while waiting for hot water to reach their showers and faucets. This HGTV video explains how homeowners can avoid energy loss with some simple home solutions. Though you may be tempted to try out these tips, consulting professionals will guarantee the best results.

    On-demand water heaters use an electric, natural gas, or propane power source to generate heat. When the hot water tap is activated, water is drawn over this heat source in a loop. At the same time, cold water is removed from the faucet. This looping path provides a constant source of hot water that saves over 15 gallons of water each year. 

    Professional installation of an energy-efficient on-demand water heater is one of many ways homeowners can boost their energy efficiency. An energy assessment audit from Cincinnati Energy Solutions is also an inexpensive way to identify failures in insulation and duct sealing. Call (513) 208-2529 to schedule an inspection or whole-house installation of new water heaters.

    Understanding On-Demand Hot Water Solutions

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Standard water heaters are extremely inefficient in the way they produce and store hot water. Heated water in the tank continuously loses energy and must be reheated in an almost constant cycle. Investigate on-demand water heaters to learn how these costly energy losses can be mitigated.

    • How On-Demand Heaters Work: Instead of keeping several dozen gallons at permanently high temperatures, on-demand heaters provide hot water only when needed. On-demand systems employ a “heat exchanger” to rapidly generate heat for at-home water use. When a sink or faucet is activated, tap water is guided along a path heated by the exchanger. After absorbing heat from the looping path, this water is delivered to the homeowner at a comfortable temperature. Point-of-use heat exchangers can provide hot water for one sink or bathroom. Larger homes take advantage of whole-house exchangers to serve an entire family and multiple rooms.  
    • Long-Term Benefits: According to home improvement research, on-demand water heaters can improve water-heating efficiency by up to 34% in homes that use less than 40 gallons of water each day. The same installations reduce up to 50% of standby heat loss in homes that use over 80 gallons of water each day. Tankless, on-demand systems also outlast standard storage heaters by five to ten years.  
    • Energy Efficiency Guarantees: The benefits of tankless water heating solutions are widely lauded by many green building authorities. BuildingGreen.com rated on-demand heaters as the most efficient water heating option for the home. Research by the United States Department of Energy estimates up to 30% energy savings over traditional storage tanks with an on-demand replacement. Likewise, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy suggests homeowners can save at least 10% of energy usage each month. 

    Don’t let outdated water heating technology greatly reduce your monthly budget. Visit Cincinnati Energy Solutions for more tips on maximizing energy use around the home. Call (513) 208-2529 to learn how much energy and water your home could save each month with our energy-efficient upgrades.

    Choosing the Right HVAC Equipment for an Energy-Efficient Home

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Are your energy costs rising though your home’s comfort is declining? While a number of factors can contribute to poor energy efficiency and comfort, one of the most important to consider is whether you have the right HVAC equipment. Here are three tips on choosing the right HVAC equipment to keep your home energy efficient and comfortable.

     

    1. Choose a Correctly Sized AC or Furnace: Many people assume that using larger furnaces or air conditioners is the best way to keep their homes comfortable. However, this isn’t always the case: air conditioners and furnaces that are too large for a home can actually make your home humid and uncomfortable, as well as increase energy costs. Additionally, you’ll have to bear the higher up-front cost of a larger AC unit or furnace. To learn about choosing the right AC or furnace size for your home, contact your local home performance specialist. 
    2. Install a Programmable Thermostat: When your home is too hot or too cold, you may be tempted to turn on your AC or furnace at full blast. This wastes energy by overcompensating and readjusting your home’s temperature over and over. Using a programmable thermostat gives you more control over the temperature of your home by creating a heating and cooling schedule. This prevents you from over-utilizing your HVAC system by accident. You can set your programmable thermometer to lower energy use while you are away for greater savings.
       
    3. Choose Energy Star Appliances: Energy Star is a federal program that aims to promote the production of more energy-efficient products and the construction of energy-efficient homes. Look for HVAC equipment featuring the Energy Star logo. This certifies that the product is extremely energy efficient, and can help you save money on monthly energy costs.

     

    For more information on upgrading your AC and furnace, contact Cincinnati Energy Solutions. We specialize in all types of home energy efficiency services including insulation, energy audits/assessments, water heaters, and more. Call (513) 208-2529 for more information.

    5 Great Resources to Learn More!

    Last updated 2 years ago

     

    Our recent blog posts explored when it may be time to replace your home’s insulation and a guide to home energy efficiency. If you’re looking for more information on these topics, then check out this list of great resources.  For information on how to increase your home’s energy efficiency, call Cincinnati Energy Solutions at (513) 208-2529. 

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