If your energy bills are high and you want reduce spending year round, there are three investments you can make throughout your home to save money. These investments are going to pay you back over time with energy savings and as updates to your home.
You should look into getting rid of your electric dryer, updating your old windows, and replacing your large tank water heater. These changes can make a big difference when your utility bills start to escalate.
Switching the electric dryer in your home to a gas model can save you up to 50 percent in energy consumption from the dryer annually. This is a significant amount, especially since you use the dryer year round and sometimes daily. Buying a new dryer is an investment, but it's worth the long terms savings. The gas dryer gets hotter than an electric model and dries clothes more quickly, reducing damage to the fabric.
New energy efficient windows with thick glass and glazing are going to help you prevent air loss, and help keep the house cooler during the summer months. You can get windows that keep up to 70 percent of heat from UV rays out of the home. Insulated vinyl windows are a great choice because they are low maintenance, they look great, and they help prevent moisture damage and air loss around the home. Talk with a contractor like those at Fas Windows and Doors about window replacement to see what windows will qualify for a tax rebate and what windows will be the best for your budget and your home.
Electric Tankless Water Heater
If there is a large tank water heater in your basement, it's sucking energy around the clock to keep water warm for when you turn on the faucet. You also run the risk of having a gas or water leak in the home. An electric tankless water heater only uses electricity when you need hot water, it doesn't need gas
to heat water, and the unit heats water instantly on demand. The tankless unit can be up to 34 percent more efficient than your current water heater.
If you feel like you are overpaying every month and that you could have more affordable energy bills, make these changes and start using your money towards things that you need or want. You can cut down the bills around your house a great deal, while improving the home at the same time.