Energy Saving Tips
With the rising cost of energy, we are always looking for way to save both energy and money. When purchasing our appliances, central units and water heaters we look at the energy labels, we add more insulation to our homes during remodels or a new build because every little bit counts. But did you know there are little things that you can do to help reduce your energy bill and save you money throughout the year.
One of the easiest ways to reduce your water bill is to change your shower head and if you don’t already have one add an aerator to your kitchen faucet. For your aerator look for one that has a flow lower than 2.75 gpm, if you are not sure what yours is it will be best to change it.
Shower heads come in a variety of shapes, sizes but they also help to reduce the amount of water used when showering. Another way to save water is to reduce the amount of time in the shower. A long hot shower always feels good after a long day, but the reality is the more water you use the more money you spend in not just water but also energy. It cost more money to heat a tank of water then it does to keep the tank hot.
A great way of saving energy is to replace your traditional water heater with a tankless water heater. A tankless water heater only heats the water that you need and doesn’t continuously try to keep the entire tank hot.
Toilets have come a long way over the year. Now you can buy water saving toilets that have a dual flush, the dual flushed use less water for liquid waste and a higher flush for solid. Look for the gallons per flush the lower the gpf the better.
There is a reason for a dishwasher….dishwashers use less water! Dishwaters today are energy efficient, use less water than hand washing but stay away from the power washing and heat washing settings. These settings use more water and more energy to heat already hot water.
Another energy saver are new washers and dryers, if you have an older set you might want to first look up the energy rating and if you can’t find one replace it. Replacing a set of older units will save you more money and water at the end of the year and will pay for itself over the years. Newer washers will detect the amount of water needed and how dirty your clothes are and adjust the length of time and water needed to wash your clothes properly. You will also want to stick to cold water; detergents and bleaches now come for use in cold water washes. New dryers also come with the added sensors to determine how wet your clothes are and will dry then accordingly. This not only save on your energy bill and dryer but will also extend the life of your clothes.
And light bulbs, we all have a love hate relationship with the light bulb. Remember when you were a kid and your parents telling to “Turn off the lights! We aren’t made of money!” Well it is because the typical light bulb needed more energy to light you can now swap all those bulbs with energy savings LED bulbs which will save you money each year.