Do you know that the biggest contributors to your energy bills are your water heating and your heating and air conditioning system?

If you shed a tear when you opened your last electric bill, you may be looking for ways to lower your home’s energy bills. According to Energy Star, your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is your home’s biggest guzzler of energy, followed by your water heater as the second largest energy user. Knowing that, there are some steps you can take to make sure your home’s heater and AC are operating at optimal efficiency. When your HVAC system operates at optimal efficiency, it uses less energy.

Here are a few tips related to your HVAC system that will help you lower your home energy utility bills in Alexandria:

  • Change your air filters regularly– A dirty filter will slow down the air flow and make your HVAC system work harder.
  • Service your HVAC equipment yearly, even if it’s working properly– This is why we suggest a service agreement with reminders for your yearly air conditioner tune-up and your annual heating system tune-up.
  • Install a programmable thermostat– According to Energy Star, proper use of a programmable thermostat can save you up to $180 a year.
  • Seal your heating and cooling ducts– By sealing and insulating your ducts, Energy Star states you can save as much as 20 percent.
  • Consider installing Energy Star qualified heating and cooling equipment.
  • Proper installation of HVAC system– When replacing your heating and air conditioning, installation is crucial to efficiency. The efficacy of an improperly installed HVAC system can be reduced by as much as 30 percent.

Ultimately, if your HVAC system is 10 years old or older, it is a perfect candidate to be upgraded to a new high efficiency heating and cooling system. The furnaces that you can buy today are much more energy efficient than those available ten years ago. Working with a professional home comfort advisor, will show you how much a high efficiency furnace will save you.

According to, your water heater accounts for nearly 17 percent of your home’s energy use. Here are a few tips to keep your hot water usage down:

  • Wash clothes in cold water rather than hot water
  • Turn off the water when scrubbing dishes.
  • Consider turning your storage water heater to vacation mode when you’re away for an extended period of time.

Ultimately, the best solution is to upgrade and replace your old inefficient storage hot water heater with a new high efficiency option. Tankless water heaters are a popular solution to reducing your need to always be storing hot water.

Want additional  information on how to save on your electric and energy bills with a high-efficiency heating and air conditioning system, or a high efficiency water heater? Please contact M.E. Flow today at 703-539-5284. Request a free, no-obligation, in-home consultation or complete the form on this page or click here to request a quote on replacing your heating and air conditioning  system or water heater.