Has opening your utility bill become a harrowing experience? Don’t worry. You aren’t alone. Many homeowners dread their energy bills every month. Still, you can bring your utility bill back down with your energy efficiency tips. 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 your home’s energy is spent on heating and cooling, which makes 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 do a better job. Focus on these in fall and spring before you need them the most, and you can save much money in the hottest and coldest months of the year. Newer furnaces and air conditioners 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 rated furnaces and air conditioners, 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 to have hot water when you need it. Unfortunately, as the water in the tank cools, the water heater has to kick back on to reheat the water. This process wastes much energy and could significantly contribute to high utility bills. As a result, many homeowners have started switching to tankless water heaters as they only heat water when needed. 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, saving 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, check out Energy Star ratings. 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 simultaneously. 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 top-performing models.
Invest in Low Flow Shower Heads
Forget what you think you know about low-flow shower heads. According to the Department of Energy, modern fixtures can deliver water pressure at 80 psi while saving 25%-65% on water. That amount of water can amount to some serious savings on your water bill 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. Our plumbers can handle whatever you need, from something small like a bathroom fixture to entirely new appliances. Contact us today!