It’s a new year and a great time to implement new strategies to decrease what you spend on monthly utilities. With these five home improvements, you’ll not only be making your home more efficient in 2022, you’ll also be saving money.
Replace Your Home’s Drafty Windows
One smart fix to save on your utility bills is to replace old, single-pane glass windows with ENERGY STAR rated windows. Old windows do an inferior job of keeping out cold and excessively hot air. Upgrading to low-E double- or triple-paned window glass can save you 15% or more on annual household energy bills.
Invest in Water Efficiency
According to EPA.gov, the average family spends about $1,100 per year in water costs. You can easily save up to $420 annually by retrofitting with WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures and ENERGY STAR certified appliances such as faucets, toilets, shower heads, and dishwashers. And you’ll also save up to 38,000 gallons of water per year, which is the amount of water needed to supply an average family for over four months.
Other Great Tips
- Change out outdated, energy wasting classic incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen bulbs with ENERGY STAR approved light emitting diode bulbs (LEDs). LED bulb prices have dropped sharply in recent years making them more affordable. These bulbs last much longer, are more energy efficient, and utilize smart programmable technology to turn off and on according to your schedule.
- Lower your thermostat when you leave home. Heating and cooling can account for up to 48% of home energy consumption according to the Department of Energy. Depending on the time of year, lowering or raising thermostats by seven to 10 degrees from normal settings for eight hours a day will achieve annual utility savings of up to 10%.
- Turn off or unplug appliances. Appliances and devices off-but-ready or on standby power, continue to use energy. So-called phantom energy or vampire power, makes up about 25% of all your home energy consumption.
Call Cool Blew
Cool Blew is your go-to service provider to help you save money in 2022 on your utility bills! You can call us any time of the day or night at 623-872-2900 for your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning issues. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.