As Summer looms around the corner (or is already here depending on when you’re reading this), we all start to think about how to save money on energy bills. The air conditioner is going to be churning away for months and your energy bill is going to reflect your fight against the heat. As much as it may seem hopeless, there are several things you can do to reduce your energy consumption without giving in to the heat.
Now some of these ways are going to seem expensive – and they can cost some money in the moment – but the long-term savings will more than make up for the initial investment.
Here are 4 ways to save money on energy bills without “breaking the bank”.
Typically, water heaters consume up to 14-25% of all appliance energy consumed in your home. With modern advancements in energy efficiency, waters heaters have improved greatly. Upgrading to a newer, more energy efficient gas storage water heater can save you up to 30% on your water heater use each year. You can also convert to a tankless or gas condensing water heater, potentially saving you up to $100 a year on your energy bill.
Since the year 2000, refrigerators have drastically improved in energy efficiency. Compared to older technology, modern refrigerators use anywhere from 40-60% less energy. So, if you still use an old refrigerator, it may be costing you a lot of money in unnecessary energy use each year. Replacing your refrigerator will be an initial investment, but a long-term savings. Also, getting a refrigerator with a top freezer will save you more energy than a side-by-side freezer.
Energy efficiency has become a driving force in innovation for nearly every appliance we use. Perhaps the most obvious example of this is with washers and dryers. For instance, a new front-loading washing machine uses about 50% less water and 37% less energy. You can save money on energy bills and water bills at the same time.
Perhaps the least thought of but best way to save money on energy bills is by upgrading your windows. Why windows? 30% of all energy used to heat and cool homes in the U.S. escapes through the windows. Most standard windows allow unnecessary harmful UV rays into the home.
The good news is, you don’t have to replace your windows to realize the energy saving benefits. You can upgrade them cost-effectively by applying sun-control window films. Sun control window films reject up to 78% of the sun’s heat coming through your windows. You can also apply window films that protect your windows, making them more like double and triple paned windows than single pane windows. Best of all, window films are one of the most cost-effective ways to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency. The savings on your energy bill will show up right away and save you a lot of money over the life of your home.
If you’re ready to lower your energy bill without breaking the bank, talk to us today. We can install the perfect window film for you home right away and get you ready for the Texas heat coming our way.