With energy costs as crazy as they’ve been recently, many of us are looking forward to Spring, when we can stop using our home’s heating system.
But that’s not the only way you can save on energy costs this time of year. We have some ideas that can keep more money in your pocket so you can enjoy all the Seacoast Region has to offer as the weather gets warmer.
Water heating accounts for about 20% of your annual energy costs. If your water heater is still operating at the factory setting of 140°F, you’re wasting money on energy for water heating. By lowering the thermostat on your water heater to 120°, you can save 10% on your water heating energy bills while still maintaining a comfortable temperature. It’s also safer, since 140° poses a risk of scalding, especially for infants, children, and the elderly. Don’t forget to turn your water heater to the “Vacation” or “Low” setting when you head out of town for a trip.
If you’re thinking about replacing your water heater, this may be an excellent opportunity to switch to a propane tankless water heater and save 30% or more on your water heating costs!
While cleaning your home, don’t forget about the refrigerator! It accounts for about 15% of your home’s energy consumption. Carefully pull the fridge away from the wall and dust the coils in the rear. Clean out the inside, too, and toss expired stuff. A too-full fridge and freezer reduces the circulation of the chilled air which makes your refrigerator work harder, driving up your energy costs. Vacuum your vents and clean your HVAC air filter as well. This is also a good time to get your ductwork cleaned if it has not been done in the last three to five years.
Your first thought about drafts is likely related to heat loss in the winter. However, they also bring warm air into your home throughout the spring and summer months. Your air conditioning will be on more frequently and use more power. A weekend’s effort with caulk, weatherstripping, and expanding foam can help keep your cool air in your home where it belongs. This is also a good time to check on your home’s insulation and add more if needed. The U.S. Department of Energy has a good guide on insulation needs.
Improve your home’s energy efficiency with new, high-efficiency HVAC equipment, water heaters, and programmable thermostats. Get in touch with us to get started.