With April showers behind us, bring on May flowers and Spring weather! This means cleaning gutters and power washing patio furniture. It also means prepping your home for warmer, even hot, weather, which doesn’t have to equate to increased utility bills.
By making some simple behavior changes and opting for energy-efficient products, you and your family can reduce your annual energy bill (and subsequently your greenhouse gas emissions).
Keep the Warm Air Out
Important to keeping your home cool is keeping the warm air out. Caulking and weather stripping to reduce air leaks, as well as sealing cracks, helps your home cool more efficiently.
Put the Clothes on the Line to Dry
ENERGY-STAR®-qualified appliances are a win-win-win. They save energy, money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That being said, they can also add heat to your home. On hot days avoid using the oven—opt for the grill instead. Hang dry your clothes or hand dry your dishes.
Evaluate Your Hot Water Options
Water heating is the second largest energy expenditure after heating and cooling. In fact, the average household spends between $400-$600 each year on water heating. One way to cut down on your water-heating bill is to turn down the temperature of your water heater. A second option is a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater.
Unlike its traditional storage tank counterpart, a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater only heats the water as it’s needed and goes into standby mode when the demand for hot water ceases, so it uses less energy—up to 40 percent—and produces an endless supply of hot water.
Another option from Rinnai, the RH180 Hybrid Tank-Tankless Water Heater, is an ideal solution for homeowners looking to increase their hot-water supply and tap into the benefits of tankless technology without reconfiguring their current set up.
- Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling system. And, if it’s time to replace your air conditioner, whether a whole-home or single-room cooling solution, select ENERGY STAR®-qualified models.
- Clean registers and remove any lint build up.
- Install a programmable thermostat that allows you to “set it and forget it” based on your family’s activity pattern.
- Keep window coverings closed during the day to block the sun’s heat.
Making small adjustments and shifting a few behaviors can have a significant impact on your family’s comfort and your home’s utility bills.
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