|Energy Tips: Maintaining Furnaces and Boilers17-09-2013 06:28|
Heating and cooling account for about 55 percent of the energy used in a typical U.S. home, the largest energy expense for most households. Furnaces and boilers, the two most common ways to heat homes, should be inspected and adjusted on an annual basis to maintain efficiency and safety.
Living in the San Francisco bay area I only have heating bills. And because I have insulated my home and have double pane windows my monthly gas bill is only $25 as a rule. (10 times that in a cold snap lasting a month)
I am continually getting calls about installing solar power to heat and cool my home. I ask them why and they tell me that an average bill of $200 can be reduced to nothing.
Well, each of those solar panels runs $20,000 and these installations appear to use at least three of those panels. Seems to me that including installation fees I could pay off those panels in only 3,500 years.
When I went to the solar fair I talked to the actual engineers who worked on these panels and they told me that the panels actually had a lifespan of 5 years to 50% output.