Save Money By Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by Ashton Service Group

Here are 5 things you can do to save money on your energy bill:

1.  Install Low Flow Shower Heads and Faucets

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An easy and inexpensive way to lower your water bill is to install low flow shower heads and faucets in your home.  Installation of low flow faucets and showerheads in your home can potentially save you 25%-60% on your annual water bill. The new models out in the marketplace offer various spray/shower options.

The installation is fairly simple for homeowners to complete themselves, usually without any professional assistance but if you do need some help please feel free to give us a call and we can schedule a plumber to help you out.

2. Use Energy Star Efficient Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use about 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, and can last up to 10 times longer. While a bit more expensive than traditional bulbs, Energy Star bulbs virtually pay for themselves within a year’s time, due to the amount of electricity saved.

If the average B.C. home replaced all their incandescents with CFLs they would save approximately 830 kilowatt hours a year. That’s about as much energy as you would use watching over 4,100 episodes of your favourite TV shows.

3. Insulate

Make sure your home is accurately insulated, and you can save money in many ways.  Ensure your home is properly and professionally insulated with quality insulation, not only in walls, but in the attic, as well, to help keep warm air in and cold air out.

If you have a traditional water heater, placing an insulating blanket around your hot water heater and surrounding pipes is also a good way to invest not only in energy savings.

Another way to protect cold air from creeping into your home is to keep all windows and doorways free from drafts, which can cause heating bills to escalate as the hot air is leaving the home. Sealing any existing cracks or openings with caulking or weather-stripping is a simple and effective fix for this issue.

4. Replace Filters in Central Air Conditioning and Heating Systems

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Keeping up with regular replacement of air conditioning and furnace filters is another inexpensive and easy way to keep your systems running efficiently,  which in turn, saves you on energy bills and costly repairs. Some systems require filter replacement every few months, while others may require seasonal replacement.

It’s best to check with your manufacturer’s instructions to see how often your filter needs to be replaced.

5. Make Maintenance Tune-ups a Thing

Scheduling regular maintenance tune-ups of your air conditioning and heating systems can lead to long-term savings by guaranteeing quality and energy-efficient operation, as well as reducing the risk of air conditioner, boiler, heat pump and furnace repairs in the future. Having your HVAC systems annual checked helps to keep your manufacturer’s warranty valid for those newly installed.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office at 604-283-2383.

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