It’s a tradition across the United States to determine what you are grateful for in the new year and what you want to do better. Be healthy? Save money? If the latter is your resolution then you have come to the right place. If you are looking to save money, how about saving energy? Why not make a move towards creating a better planet for your children and grandchildren. We have a few ways that you can save money and save energy in your home this 2020.
Save Energy and Money in 2020
There are many steps that you can take in your home to save money, and save energy. When it comes to your heating, cooling and water heater, below are a few things to check off your list to improve your home’s energy use.
- Think about installing a tankless water heater: Rinnai is the tankless water heater brand that Lakewood Plumbing relies on. According to the Department of Energy, homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, demand water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy-efficient than conventional storage-tank water heaters. They can be 8%–14% more energy efficient for homes that use a lot of hot water — around 86 gallons per day. You can achieve even greater energy savings of 27%–50% if you install a demand water heater at each hot water outlet.The initial cost of a tankless water heater is greater than that of a conventional storage water heater, but tankless water heaters will typically last longer and have lower operating and energy costs, which could offset its higher purchase price. Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. They also have easily replaceable parts which can be installed effortlessly with the help of professionals like T.E. Spall & Son (https://thecomfortdoctors.com/plumbing-services-in-carbondale/). On top of that, these parts can extend the life of the water heaters by many more years. In contrast, storage water heaters last 10–15 years.
- Change Your Filter Regularly: To maintain proper airflow in your home make sure to change the filter on your furnace and AC every month.
- Install insulation: Lots of energy is lost per year because of heat loss in the home and around the heating pipes. Insulation in the roof, the windows, the floors, and around heating pipes can help reduce heat loss in the colder months. You can buy insulation from many home improvement stores like Lowes, which often runs promotions like https://www.raise.com/coupons/lowes, meaning you could save on purchase costs as well. With insulation in your home, you’re not always running the heater or boiler to keep things at a cozy temperature during the winter. And that means you are contributing less to your energy bill and to carbon emissions as a result.
- Leverage a SMART Thermostat: According to Energy Star, A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs. Consulting a local electrician could help you decide whether smart thermostats are a viable option for your home. Apart from updating the electric wiring (if needed) and setting up the programmable thermostat for you, professionals from companies like Xpert Electric (xpertelectricnwa.com/electrical/residential-electrical-services/) might also be able to provide an informed opinion on other ways you can save energy or reduce usage around the house. This could include many things from you consciously switching off unused lights and appliances to upgrading to energy-efficient versions of the same.
We hope you find our tips helpful and bookmark our site for more useful tricks when it comes to saving energy in your home or business. Lakewood Plumbing and Heating is ready to fix your plumbing problems, the right way. Contact us today! 303-233-7007