Saving money and fighting energy waste is an ongoing battle that every homeowner faces. The good news is, there are many opportunities for you to conserve energy, so it’s easy to get started! Here are some valuable tips you can use to get the ball rolling on your quest for energy efficiency.
Ways to Improve Your Home Energy Efficiency
The easiest method to find ways to save is determining what parts of your home consume the most electricity. Together, your water heater, clothes washer, and dishwasher represent several hundreds of dollars in electricity and gas expenses. If you can replace these with more energy efficient models, you could see hundreds of dollars in savings on an annual basis.
You don’t always have to spend big to save big however! You don’t have to kick off your energy goals by investing the latest tankless electric water heater. Even little appliance upgrades, such as a low-flow shower head, can help you cut down on hot water heating costs.
Combating Energy Losses
Half the battle of energy efficiency is fighting against energy waste. While much of this waste is generated by losses in your HVAC system and roofing insulation, there are other less obvious culprits. “Always on” devices for instance, such as electronics, your furnace, and plugged in cooking appliances. These consume energy even when they aren’t being used; try to unplug appliances and electronics that aren’t in use, or search
Your water usage too has a big impact on your home’s energy efficiency. Remember: if it requires hot water, it uses electricity (and/or gas). Using cold water to wash your clothes can save considerable amounts of money on laundry day. Taking a hot shower may use less energy than taking a bath, but cool showers are even more efficient. Even reusing lightly used drinking glasses can help you reduce the number of dishwasher cycles, which require hot water.
Schedule Your Plumbing Inspection
We wish you good luck in your quest for enhanced energy efficiency in your home. We’d love to do our part by helping you maintain your plumbing system and cut down on water waste! If you’d like more information about saving energy, or if you’d like to schedule an inspection, feel free to contact our team at (512) 930-2677.