Heating or cooling your home requires a tremendous amount of energy. Unless you live in a region where the temperature is 21 degrees Celsius or 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit day and night, you will need the help of a HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system to keep your home temperature comfortable. In doing so, you are probably using one or both of the most common fuels used for heating and cooling in North America: natural gas and electricity. Regardless of which fuel you use, there are three main factors which would affect your energy bill: 1. how well your home is insulated; 2 efficiency of your HVAC system; 3. how you control the temperature in your home.
For older homes, improving Point 1 and 2 above usually come with a pretty steep price tag. Because upgrading your HAVC system; replacing all windows or adding insulation to your existing structure is usually cost prohibitive for many home owners. Therefore, performing DIY insulation such as installing draft stopper and sealing cracks around your home will help reducing your energy bill slightly.
An upcoming trend for reducing home energy cost is installing a home automation system, a.k.a. a smart home system. A smart home system controls everything that is powered. (i.e. lighting, appliances, locks, garage doors, HVAC system, TV, computers, audio systems, home alarm, etc.). A smart home system saves energy while providing comfort, convenience and security to its occupants.
Given heating and cooling accounts for almost 50% of all energy cost of a home. We will cover a new generation of thermostats called Smart Thermostats to help you cut home energy bill. Start saving money by reading how we upgraded to a Smart Thermostat plus an in-depth review below.