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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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Holly Boudro
Holly Boudro
03:01 26 Feb 21
Wonderful experience! He came on one day and fixed what he could and then scheduled us the next day to repair the problem! He was very friendly and outgoing!
Karen Woodhouse
Karen Woodhouse
22:39 25 Feb 21
Scott Dale was very professional and knowledgeable during an inspection of my HVAC system. I was very comfortable during his visit and he shared helpful information and pictures and patiently answered all of my questions. I highly recommend Scott and appreciate having a technician of his caliber representing Hobaica.
frances hansen
frances hansen
15:51 25 Feb 21
Mike did great service!
Trisha Kelly
Trisha Kelly
03:16 25 Feb 21
Saw Mike Varela outside a neighbors house. Stopped what he was doing to answer my 100 questions lol. Definitely a difference from past experiences with HVAC companies. Wanted to share my good experience. Would recommend to a friend.
Sophia Martos Jerez
Sophia Martos Jerez
20:06 24 Feb 21
Always a pleasure working with the HVAC crew from Hobaica! Mike Varela! Was friendly and knowledgeable about what is going on with our home unit. Great job!
Catherine Graham
Catherine Graham
19:39 24 Feb 21
Ryan and Scott were courteous and knowledgeable.
jonathan chubb
jonathan chubb
03:41 24 Feb 21
All around super happy with my service - called and got an appointment to help with some pipe issues that same day. Brandon was great and while I hope to never have to use the service again, I would be giving them a call before anyone else! :)
Kevin Melvin
Kevin Melvin
00:14 24 Feb 21
Gabriel and Angel were great installing my new AC system. They showed up early and were professional and efficient the entire time. A slight electrical issue came up early, and they quickly had an electrician come out so the project would not run late. They took the time out to answer my questions and explained the steps they were taking during the install. My entire experience with this company and Gabriel and Angel in particular was positive. I would definitely refer them to others!
Karen Cardamone
Karen Cardamone
01:36 21 Feb 21
Hobaica is always great. I had an emergency plumbing situation today and they sent Simon out the same day and he fixed everything. What a relief! I highly recommend

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