Should I Unplug my Appliances? (And Other Energy Efficiency FAQs)

When it comes to energy savings, it can be difficult to tell fact from fiction. Most homeowners want to do anything they can to cut down on their energy bills, but it’s important to know what helps and what is just a myth. In this post, we’ll dive into some of the energy efficiency questions that we get asked most often by our customers.

Energy Efficiency FAQs

Not sure if you should unplug your appliances? Wondering if upgrading to energy efficient HVAC equipment is worth it? We will cover this and more in the energy efficiency FAQs below:

Should I unplug my appliances when they’re not in use to save more energy?

The short answer is – yes. Even when your appliances are turned off, they are still draining electricity if they are plugged into a power source. This phenomenon, known as standby power is a big issue in U.S. homes even though many homeowners are not even aware of it. One way to reduce the amount of standby power used each day is by unplugging the appliances that are not in use. In addition to unplugging your appliances, you can also plug your appliances into a power strip with a switch, and turn the strip off whenever the items are not in use.

How much of a difference does it make to replace a regular light bulb with an energy-saving bulb?

One of the easiest ways to save more energy around your home is to replace your regular light bulbs with energy-saving models. But what difference does this really make when it comes to your energy usage? According to National Grid, replacing one incandescent light bulb with an energy saving model like a compact fluorescent bulb can save homeowners $67 dollars in energy costs over the lifetime of the bulb. Now multiply that times every bulb in your house, and we’re talking about significant savings!

Is an energy efficient HVAC system worth the investment?

A new HVAC system is a significant investment, and many homeowners consider upgrading their equipment to a more energy efficient system when the time is right. But many homeowners ask us if the money they plan to invest in an energy efficient heating and cooling system is really worth the investment. According to Energy Star, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with an energy efficient system can reduce your annual energy bill by more than $115. If you consider how much you will save over the life of the unit, it adds up to some major savings for you and your family.

Want to learn other ways that you can save energy on your home appliance usage? Check out our post on surprising ways to use your home appliances more efficiently. And be sure to follow our blog page for more great resources about how to save more energy (and money) in your home throughout the year.

 

The Beginning of Allison Air Conditioning & Heating

Allison Air Conditioning and Heating is starting a blog! We want our customers to not only get to know more about our business but to also get to know us outside of the HVAC world.
How Allison Air Conditioning and Heating got started….
Steve Allison (President) was born in Highland Park, Michigan on April 7, 1955. He is the 11th born out of four sisters and seven brothers. He only lived in Michigan until he was 2 years old, then his family packed up and moved Clewiston, Florida in 1958. When Steve was 8 years old, there was an electrical fire at his home, they lost everything; they had no money for clothes so local church groups, neighbors and family friends donated clothes to the family. When Steve was 16 he got his first job at Reddish Electric as a Apprentice, he worked there for about 3 years where he learned how to work on appliances, run duct work and electrical work. When Steve was 19, he decided to get out of Clewiston to better himself, he packed up and moved to California in October 1976. When he got to California he worked as an Electrician’s apprentice for about a month, from there he worked for an Appliance and Television company, where he met Emily Allison. They began dating and Steve decided he wanted to learn Air Conditioning and Heating and start his own business, he left the Appliance and Television Company in 1981 and opened Allison Appliance Service out of Emily’s parents garage in 1982 while also enrolling in RCC HVAC program, where he would eventually earn his HVAC Certificate of Completion. Steve and Emily got married on October 15, 1983 and moved into their first home, which was a barn converted into a house on Emily’s uncles property. On December 12, 1985 they had their only child Katie. In September 1986 Steve and Emily moved into their second home in Norco, two months after moving into their new home, Steve had to have neck surgery due to a bone spur growth at the base of his skull, pushing on his spinal cord; he was unable to work for a year but the business still ran, at this time the business was now Allison Air Conditioning and Heating and had an office in Corona, where it still is todayOn October 28, 1988 Steve received his Contractors License and Allison Air Conditioning and Heating became a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, and have been ever since! So there you go, how Allison Air Conditioning and Heating was born in a nut shell!