Making America’s New “Hybrid” Home Energy-Efficient Year Round


– The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of the American workplace forever. In fact, an increasing number of people will find that their ‘new office’ feels a lot like home – because it is literally their home.

Our post-pandemic “return to the office” could look very different with hybrid or fully remote models rapidly increasing in popularity. Studies support this trend: 83% of employees believe a hybrid model would be optimal in the future, according to an Accenture survey. Furthermore, 87% of executives believe that working from home is the future, according to research by Remote-How.

The new dynamic promises a better work-life balance, but will also cause energy consumption and utility bills to skyrocket with technologies, appliances and systems working overtime at unprecedented levels – making optimal, energy-efficient home climate control a greater challenge.

The good news is that families can avoid a power bill blitz by following a few simple tips. With home heating and cooling accounting for nearly half of home energy consumption, small steps can go a long way.

  • Convenience in electric: According to the Earth Institute at Columbia University, electrical systems are a solution for decarbonising home climate control. One of the most energy efficient heating and cooling products, electric powered ductless mini split systems offered by companies such as Fujitsu General America can save up to 25% on your utility bill. Mini splits use thin copper tubing to pump refrigerant from an outdoor compressor directly into an indoor air handling unit, where the air is quietly distributed to the indoor space.
  • Get “smart” about climate control: When it comes to smart home temperature control, there are Smart HVAC systems and Smart Thermostats. Smart HVAC systems have built-in internet capabilities and can be operated directly without additional equipment. Smart Home thermostats create “smart” systems by enabling remote temperature control via a mobile or internet-connected device or voice-activated home automation system.
  • Speak your preference: Take control of your comfort. Most HVAC manufacturers offer apps that allow systems to be controlled from anywhere with a mobile device. The voice control uses digital assistants, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, to verbally dictate the temperature in the house. Simply better controlling the temperature can help homeowners feel more comfortable and improve energy savings.
  • Find your efficient comfort zone: Many of us live in homes designed for larger families, but have yet to downsize. If you find yourself regularly using a fraction of your home, consider upgrading to a zoned duct system or ductless system. This saves energy when heating and cooling rooms where you and your family don’t spend much time. This means more savings because you not only need less cooling, but also benefit from a more efficient system in the spaces you still use.
  • Try low-tech solutions: Simple changes can have a big impact. Take advantage of the sun’s energy to heat your home by opening your south-facing curtains at dawn to make the most of “passive solar gain”. Force warm air down. Denser, cooler air stays closer to the ground and warmer air rises. So force it down with a low speed fan. Insulate and fill the holes. Warm air leaking out around poorly sealed window frames, electrical outlets, recessed light fixtures and other openings is a major source of heat loss in homes. And thick curtains help to insulate glass at windows.

If your family is spending a lot more time at home and your utility bills are rising, a ductless heating and cooling system is definitely a worthwhile investment. Many Fujitsu systems have an Energy Star rating that is more than twice as efficient as the minimum standard set by the government. For more information or to find a contractor near you, call 888-888-3424 or visit

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