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How Phoenix Home Owners Can Evaluate their Energy Usage

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When a Phoenix homeowner is interested in saving energy, many factors are involved in the plan. This includes evaluating every part of the home, from the way the duct system is designed to the exterior landscaping. Perhaps you have invested in a heat pump or other more efficient energy saving equipment. Has your thermostat has been programmed for the most efficient heating and cooling temperatures and have all air ducts have been sealed? Plus, you may wonder how your home compares against similar homes.  After every measure has been taken, how can your efforts be calculated to determine your energy savings?

These questions and more can be answered by Energy Star, an alliance of the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy. The goal of Energy Star is saving energy by helping to improve the efficiency of the nation’s homes while at the same time protecting the environment. In 2009 alone, over $17 billon in utility costs was saved by homeowners nationwide.

Energy Star has created a calculator to compare any home’s energy use to that of other similar homes nationwide. It is called the Home Energy Yardstick and it is a rather accurate gauge of the energy you are actually saving and where there is room for improvement. Energy Star also provides advice and suggestions for saving energy by increasing the efficiency of a home’s performance.

What is needed to Use the Home Energy Yardstick:

Either monthly or yearly utility information can be entered into the Home Energy Yardstick calculator. For monthly figures, use last month’s bill. This is because Energy Star needs one month to gather meteorological information and cannot calculate the present month. Go back at least thirty days and input the data from last month or the month before into the calculator.

Once you have made your calculations you are ready to check the score for your home. If the score is not as high as you think it should have been, Energy Star’s Home Advisor has advice and tips for increasing the home’s performance for saving energy. While the online tool is a good place to start, it is really no substitute for consulting with a professional for an expert opinion.

At Hobaica Services, we help customers save energy. In fact, we will come to your home, discuss your energy saving goals and help create a plan to save money.  You can request an appointment at www.hobiaca.com

 

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Check Out Our Reviews . . . From Neighbors Near You

Chase Coffield
Chase Coffield
18:58 03 Jul 22
July '22: Welp, of course the older AC goes out in the Phoenix summer on a long holiday weekend but Hobaica saved our holiday! Called the emergency line and they were able to get a technician (John M) on site within 2 hours. John was very helpful in explaining the situation and helping evaluate the options, very knowledgeable, informative, efficient, and of course top notch customer service.As I've used Hobaica twice in less than a year on two systems, I'll be relying on them in the future for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC needs.Nov '21: Of the 5 - 7 separate HVAC companies that came to give a quote, they were the only ones to provide more than one option based on the specific needs of the space and its use.My only criticism is regarding specifics of installation that I now have questions on, that should've been hammered out beforehand.
Elizabeth Silva
Elizabeth Silva
23:13 02 Jul 22
J. Miranda was so helpful and replied to our request right away! Called other places for emergency repair on our AC and they wouldn't be able to send someone for 3 days! Anyone who lives in AZ knows waiting that long is not an option especially during the summer! J. Miranda was friendly and took the time to explain what needed fixing. Will recommend! Thank you again!
Chad Van Haren
Chad Van Haren
20:04 02 Jul 22
Great experience receiving estimate. Quick scheduling of service. Knowledgeable service techs. Most importantly, they delivered peace of mind, which can't be purchased.
Harriet Moser
Harriet Moser
13:22 02 Jul 22
Great guys to work with. Knowledgable, efficient, professional.A follow up concern we had about our new unit was responded to quickly & well. Nothing wrong with the equipment, but it was retested and we were educated more about our new system by our tech.
Kitty Smith
Kitty Smith
11:56 02 Jul 22
Grayson Vu was a very knowledgeable and professional service tech. He was on time and took his time checking things out. He even recommended something to improve our air flow and comfort. Great company and great rep!
Karen Bender
Karen Bender
23:26 01 Jul 22
John and Jared came out today to take a look at my air conditioning unit. I live in a condo where I can’t see my unit but noticed some water dripping from the roof. They weren’t just on time, they were a little early which helped free up the rest of my day.They found that the system was running as it should be and let me know that the water was dripping because the condensation line was disconnected. Super easy fix with a little bit of glue, and they did not create worry where there was none just to add to the bill.As if that wasn’t good enough, they were incredibly nice and easy to talk to. Not nice because it’s required- just really genuine people. I was not expecting to have such an easy and inexpensive experience in Phoenix during hot, muggy monsoon season. Thank you both for making my day!
Jim Adams
Jim Adams
18:54 01 Jul 22
We recently had our air conditioning go out on Tuesday and on Friday a new unit was installed. The service has been fantastic. Could not have asked for a faster more friendly company.Zach and Gio were amazing in getting the unit installed and walking us through the new thermostat.
PHX Keeve
PHX Keeve
22:05 30 Jun 22
Grayson came out and was on time, and very nice. He took extra time to diagnose a potential problem, and even re-secured some wire mesh (to keep birds out) that had been blown off from the wind. He answered all my questions, will do business with hobaica again.
James Borsheim
James Borsheim
21:27 30 Jun 22
In every way possible, extremely professional service. Used since 2008, very pleased.

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