Category Archives: Savings

Which is it Wednesday: Water Pump or Water Heater?

Do you use more energy heating the water in your home or moving the water around your home? We reviewed the numbers to give you have a better understanding of exactly how much energy each typically uses. You might be surprised by the answer.

Let’s review the wattage:

Water Pump = 2,500 watts < Water Heater = 4,000 watts

Hmm, it appears that you will want to turn down the temperature of your water heater. Heating the water in your home accounts for a large percentage of your power bill every month. Just by lowering the temperature of your water heater from 140 degrees to 120 degrees you can save up to 22% annually! Remember that the next time you want to take a steaming hot shower.

Sources:

http://energyusecalculator.com/electricity_waterheater.htm

http://www.centralmainediesel.com/wattage-calculator.asp

https://energy.gov/energysaver/projects/savings-project-lower-water-heating-temperature

 

Tips to Help Cut Back on Energy This Fall

As the summer is quickly coming to an end, and fall approaches we put together a list of easy to do tips that may help you cut back on your energy usage this fall.

  • Give your heating system a check-up. As we get closer to the fall season, we suggest you give your heating system a maintenance check. This will help determine if your system needs to be updated or if any repairs will be required to ensure the system is running smoothly.
  • Seal any air leaks. Walk around your home checking for air leaks. Use caulk as one way of sealing any air leaks. You could save between 10% – 20% in energy usage when you seal all opening, especially around the windows.
  • Lower the temperature. Before you leave the house, make sure you lower your thermostat by 10 degrees. Remember to turn it back up when you come back home. By implementing this easy tip, it could help you save close to 10% on your heating bill.
  • Check your home’s insulation. Did you know that properly installed insulation helps reduce heating costs in your home? By checking the insulation of your home it can help cut back on your energy usage this fall.

General tips are taken from the below sources and are not independently verified by Champion Energy. Dollar and usage savings are estimates and are based on, but not limited to the following: home profile information, performance assumptions, third-party resources, and the average regional cost for electricity. Savings are not guaranteed, are subject to change, and may vary.

Sources: http://porch.com/advice/5-tips-saving-energy-fall/

https://energy.gov/energysaver/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips

 

 

5 Ways to Reduce Pool Energy Costs this Summer

Now that your pool is open and being used by the family, it’s time to start thinking about your pool energy costs for the summertime fun. Being a pool owner requires times, effort, and decent chunk of change that goes into the upkeep and maintenance of the pool. We put together five ways that you may be able to cut down on pool costs, so you can enjoy your summer swims a little more.

  1. Consider investing in an energy-efficient pool pump. Depending on the size and depth of your pool, an energy efficient pump could help save you up to 45% on energy costs to keep it running. If you only use your pool on special occasions, a high-powered pump may be unnecessary and a waste of money.
  2. Put the pump on a timer. Most pool pumps don’t need to be used all the time to keep it clean and clear. By running your pump three to six hours a day, you can achieve adequate water quality without overusing the pump and wasting energy. Try it out and help save up to 60% on filtration energy usage. If you see any debris in the pool after pumping, use a skimmer to fish it out without wasting any electricity.
  3. Clear all grates and drains. Your pool system uses more energy to filter water through a clogged grate, than a clean one. So make sure to fish out debris regularly and keep the grates clear for optimal filtration and energy efficiency.
  4. Turn off heaters when the pool is not in use. There’s no point in warming the water when there’s no one who will be using the pool. When it comes time to have a splash, turn on the heater an hour before using the pool and turn it off once everyone is finished.
  5. Use a pool cover! A pool cover is the simplest way to avoid getting debris in the pool. While it may be annoying to constantly be uncovering and recovering your pool, it can help you minimize using the pump and skimmers.

General tips are taken from the below sources and are not independently verified by Champion Energy. Dollar and usage savings are estimates and are based on, but not limited to the following: home profile information, performance assumptions, third-party resources, and the average regional cost for electricity. Savings are not guaranteed, are subject to change, and may vary.

Sources:

http://www.swimmingpool.com/inground-pools/pool-features/energy-efficiency

http://energy.gov/energysaver/installing-and-operating-efficient-swimming-pool-pump