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Energy efficiency is a hot topic for Sarasota homeowners. In the Sunshine State, the average family uses 40% more electricity than the national average. According to the Residential Energy Consumption Survey, appliances, electronics and lights account for 50% of household utility use in Florida. Almost 30% of electricity is used for air conditioning, which is four times the national average, and 14% goes toward water heating. By addressing each of these areas with eco-friendly options, our home energy efficiency technicians can lower your total energy use by 10% or more.

Efficient HVAC Solutions

Air conditioning accounts for a considerable part of your total utility use. At Aqua Plumbing & Air, we offer comprehensive maintenance plans, preseason tune-ups and energy-efficient upgrades that help your HVAC system perform its best. Our specialists will ensure that your ductwork and mechanical equipment are in good working order. If you aren’t happy with your comfort levels or energy bills, it may be time for a replacement. Energy Star-qualified HVAC equipment can lower your cooling costs by 15 to 40% depending on the model.

Eco-Friendly Lighting

Thanks to modern technology, improving your home’s energy efficiency could be as simple as switching light bulbs. Homeowners today can choose from a wide selection of long-lasting, color-balanced LED products that generate 70% less heat and use 90% less energy. The Internet of Things has created a new generation of smart switches and controls that let you turn on the lights or adjust the dimmer using your smartphone or a simple voice command. Additionally, efficient outdoor lighting systems can amp up your home’s curb appeal and security.

Energy-Saving Water Heaters

Efficient technology has even transformed that uninspiring gray tank in your garage or utility room. New water heaters use up to 50% less energy, which could save you $3,500 over the unit’s life according to Energy Star. Gas hot water storage tanks are more efficient than ever, and they offer excellent recovery times. However, homeowners can also select space-saving tankless systems that generate unlimited hot water and heat pump models that extract energy from the air. If your hot water tank is more than 10 years old, our plumbers can help you select a cost-effective replacement.

Efficient Pool Equipment

Pools are a beautiful backyard feature, but they can be expensive. Pool pumps and heaters can be energy hogs, and conventional systems require pounds of chemicals and gallons of additives. Fortunately, things are changing. Variable-speed pool pumps and air-source heaters can reduce pool-related energy use by 65% and save you up to $445 per year. In many cases, these upgrades can pay for themselves in one season. Our water treatment services department has many options to soften, sanitize and purify our local water conditions.

Whether you’re interested in efficient lighting, water heating or air conditioning, eco-friendly upgrades are good for the environment and great for your wallet. If you’re ready to lower your utility bills and improve your home’s energy efficiency, our experienced technicians can help. Give us a call at (941) 306-3715, or learn more about our eco-friendly home services online.

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