The Lennox Home Energy Report Card Survey, commissioned by Lennox Industries and conducted by GfK Roper, finds that homeowners are hesitant to take more costly steps to conserve energy and are taking smaller energy saving steps. And while homeowners show that they are willing to take steps to conserve energy, they are not likely to sacrifice comfort over savings.
More homeowners (69%, up 13% from 2014) conserve energy at home to save money over helping the environment; however, if money was no object, homeowners said they would be willing to invest in the following to conserve energy: solar panels or appliances (36 %), more efficient windows (19%), high-efficiency air conditioner or furnace (18%), insulation (10%), programmable thermostat (7%), high-efficiency water heater (7%), low-flow shower head (2%).
93% homeowners indicated that they participate in some kind of energy saving activity at home. Home energy conservation habits include: changing the air filter in heating and cooling system (74%), turning up or down the temperature on their hot water heater (61%), using a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature when at home or away (55%), replacing an old or inefficient air conditioning system (45%), unplugging the TV or other electronics when not in use (34%) and using solar energy to power appliances (11%).
The survey also indicated homeowners are adjusting the temperature on their thermostat when sleeping (61%), entertaining (43%), cooking (19%), exercising (16%) and “making whoopee” (13%). Altering the temperature while doing any of these activities can ensure homeowners earn an “A” in comfort, but might lower their overall grade in energy efficiency.
While many are proactively taking positive actions toward lowering energy bills, some earn a failing grade for doing more harm than good. 22% homeowners said they would turn off their cooling system completely during hot days or the heating system on extremely cold days.
According the survey, 45 % homeowners gave themselves a 'B' grade in energy efficiency, down slightly from 2014, while Cs were on the rise (up 12 % from last year), indicating there is definitely room for improvement when it comes to energy savings.
“With high-tech advancements in home automation, like smart thermostats, homeowners can achieve the comfort they want at a lower cost,” Lennox energy efficiency expert Kyle Golden, advises. “While making big changes at home, like replacing your existing heating or cooling system, can seem daunting to many homeowners, it doesn't have to be – and it can yield significant savings on monthly energy bills – giving you high grades on energy savings.”
Source: Lennox Industries