DIY Plumbing | Improve Energy Efficiency
You’ve left that envelope on the kitchen table long enough. You finally open your utility bill, and just like you feared, it is ridiculously high again. We’ve all been there, but you don’t have to stay there thanks to modern energy-efficient and water-saving appliances. We’ll guide you through some of the best appliances to focus on to get the most out of your investment in energy efficiency.
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 rates 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.
Install an Energy-Efficient Dishwasher
Upgrading your dishwasher is a great way to save water and energy at the same time. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Modern Energy Star rated dishwashers use as little as 3 gallons per load compared to 27 gallons if you wash them by hand. Using an energy-efficient dishwasher saves you on utilities and makes less work for you. We’re sure anyone can get behind that. Consumer Reports has a helpful list of the most efficient models on the market. We recommend looking over to find one that will work for what you need.
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. This way, heating water wastes a lot of energy because as the water in the tank cools, the water heater has to turn back on to keep the water hot. Tankless water heaters avoid this problem and only heat water when you need it. When you turn on a hot water tap in your home, tankless water heaters run cold water through superheated coils that instantly heat the water to the desired temperature. This reduces energy waste and means that you have a practically unlimited hot water supply, so you don’t have to wait for the water to heat up after the tank is emptied. Check Energy Star ratings before you buy to ensure you’re getting the most efficient model possible.
Install Low Flow Shower Heads
Don’t dismiss low-flow showerheads because they’ve been the butt of jokes for years. Modern low-flow fixtures still deliver water at 80 psi. According to the Department of Energy, they can achieve water savings of 25%-65%. Saving that much water every month can add up to many savings on your water bill and free up money in your budget for other fun things. Considering that low-flow showerheads are the least expensive on our list, this is a great place to start on your road to having a more efficient home.
We Can Help You Save Money!
No matter how you decide to make your home more efficient, you can rely on our team here at Brothers. From bathroom fixtures to new furnaces, we can do it for you. Contact us today!