DIY Plumbing | Improve Energy Efficiency

Has opening your utility bill become a torturous experience? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Many homeowners dread their energy bills every month, but with your energy efficiency tips you can bring your utility bill back down. We’ll fill you in on the areas of your home that can benefit the most from higher efficiency and save you the most money possible.

Upgrade to a More Efficient Furnace or Air Conditioner

Almost half of the energy your home uses is spent on heating and cooling which make this area a great place to focus on. Older units can be very inefficient and cost you much more in utilities than a new model would to do a better job. Focus on these in fall and spring before you need them the most and you can save a lot of money in the hottest and coldest months of the year. Newer furnaces and air conditioner are also programmable so you can set them to only be on when you are home so you don’t waste energy heating or cooling an empty house. Energy Star rates furnaces and air conditioners as well so you can discuss which models you’re interested in for your home with your installer and make sure that your new unit will be the most efficient possible.

Energy Efficient and Tankless Water Heaters

Conventional water heaters heat a large tank of water and hold the water at the specified temperature so that you have hot water when you need it. Unfortunately, this means that as the water in the tank cools the water heater has to kick back on to reheat the water. This process wastes a lot of energy and could be a major factor contributing to high utility bills. Many homeowners have started switching to tankless water heaters as these only heat water when you need it. When you turn on a hot water tap in your home, tankless water heaters run water through a heating element that instantly heats the water to the desired temperature which saves you on the energy waste of heating and reheating water when you don’t need it. If you’re in the market for a new water heater make sure to check out Energy Star ratings as their recommendations can save you a lot on your utility bills.

Install an Energy Efficient Dishwasher

Installing a new dishwasher is a great way to conserve energy and water at the same time. A new Energy Star rated dishwasher can use as little as 3 gallons of water according to the Natural Resources Defense Council and considering that washing dishes by hand can use up to 27 gallons of water for the same amount of dishes means that you get to do less work all while saving more. If you’re wondering which dishwashers can save you the most on your utilities check out this Consumer Reports list for some of the top performing models.

Invest in Low Flow Shower Heads

Forget what you think you know about low flow shower heads. Modern fixtures are able to deliver water pressure at 80 psi while saving 25%-65% on water according to the Department of Energy. That amount of water can amount to some serious savings on your water bill all without sacrificing the high water pressure that we all love to feel first thing in the morning.

We Can Help You Save Money

Whatever utility saving appliance you decide is right for your home you can count on the team at Clean Team Plumbing for help. From something small like a bathroom fixture to entirely new appliances our plumbers can handle whatever you need. Contact us today!

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