Energy-Saving Tips To Help You Save Money
Keep Comfortable While Spending Less!
If you think that saving energy involves sacrifices that feel like punishment, you’re in for a happy surprise!
There are oodles of ways you can reduce energy usage all-around your North Carolina home that you’ll barely, if at all, notice. The only impact will be a positive one, right in your bank account thanks to the money you’ll save.
Today, we’ll help you get started by focusing on water heating. Why water heating? Because it accounts for close to 20 percent of your home’s energy usage. Make some easy changes here, and you’ll see some big savings!
Use Less Hot Water
- On average, you use 10 gallons of hot water when you take a shower. Install low-flow showerheads and you can use save up to $50 a year per shower head!
- Laundry can use huge amounts of hot water, up to 25 gallons a load. Default to washing your clothes in cold water and make sure to adjust the water level to the size of the load.
- Did you know that your kitchen and bathroom faucets use up to two gallons of hot water each minute you have them on? Turn the bathroom faucet off while shaving. Fill the sink with water for washing and rinsing your dirty dishes together.
- Dishwashers actually use less hot water to clean a full load of dirty dishes than washing the same amount by hand. But these savings only apply if you run the dishwasher when it’s full, so wait until then.
Be Smart With Your Water Heater
Your water heater can not only be your source of hot water, it can also be a source for energy savings.
- Get an annual tune-up of your water heater so it runs at its peak efficiency.
- Reduce heat loss. When water is sitting in your tank during the day, being heated and re-heated, it loses heat. That’s called standing heat loss. Heat can also be lost through the first six feet of pipes that connect the heated water to its outlets around the home. Insulate both and you’ll cut that heat loss dramatically.
- Very often, your water heater is installed with the factory-set temperature of 140˚ Fahrenheit. In most cases, that’s unnecessary and may be dangerous as that temperature increases the risk of scalding injuries, especially in babies, children and the elderly. A setting of 120˚ Fahrenheit is usually hot enough.
Upgrade to a Propane Tankless Water Heater
If you’re ready to replace your home’s water heater, check out our selection of top-quality, energy-efficient Rinnai tankless water heaters!
What makes a propane tankless water heater stand out? Unlike conventional water heaters with a tank, your water is only heated when you’re using it. You get endless hot water whenever you need it!
Contact us to find out more about our efficient Rinnai tankless water heaters!