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HVAC units are responsible for 50% of household energy consumption

I live in a townhouse that is sandwiched between 2 other townhouses.

And though most people might prefer an end unit, I like being in the middle because it makes me feel safe and protected.

For instance, if a storm hits, my house will be more protected than the house on the end. Also, I am less exposed to the traffic on the street. Living in between 2 houses can also have its disadvantages. For one, if the neighbors were noisy that could become annoying. Thankfully, I have really quiet neighbors on both sides. They are so quiet that the only noise I hear is the HVAC unit when I am in the yard. The neighbors’ HVAC units cycle on more than my unit does. And they are never in sync because as one cycles off the other will cycle on. My thermostat is set at 78 degrees which is the recommendation of the Department of Energy. It’s obvious to me that my neighbors have their thermostats set at lower temperatures. If I am sitting in the yard for an hour, their HVAC units cycle on and off at least twice in that span of time. Mine will cycle on once if at all. I use my HVAC conservatively because it conserves energy as well as saves me money on my utility bill. After all, the HVAC unit is the highest consumption of energy in most homes. Based on the information that I received from my utility company, my HVAC is responsible for 50% of my consumption. So, it just makes sense for me to run my HVAC less. If only my neighbors knew to do the same, they would save money on their energy bills as well.


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