This January, join Glass Doctor in celebrating National Cut Your Energy Costs Day by performing an in-home (or at-work) audit to uncover all the ways you could save energy, keeping your wallet - and the earth - evergreen.
There are lots of little things you can do to save BIG money on energy costs…
- Dial-down that water heater.
For every 10 degrees Fahrenheit you lower your water heater temperature, you’ll save 3-5% in energy costs. Double-down for greater savings. Then keep things further under wraps with an insulated wrap, shorter showers, and running dish and clothes washers only when fully loaded.
- Get a hot new water heater model.
One of the top three energy-draining appliances in the home, upgrade your outdated water heater to a high-efficiency tank-style system and you’ll see another 7% savings in water heating costs. Go tankless for up to 30% savings, or end energy-draining utility bills with up to 60% savings with hybrid models.
- Flip the switch.
Turn off the lights when leaving a room – or install occupancy sensors for a hands-free, sanity-saving efficiency boost.
- Upgrade bulbs.
Ditch wasteful incandescents and aged fluorescent ballasts for greener, more efficient bulb technology and save up to 75% on lighting costs.
Unplug unused appliances and mobile device chargers that aren’t in use. Install power strips for heavy hitters like entertainment centers and home offices to guard against vampire energy sucks.
- Say good-bye to Granny’s leftovers.
Upgrade aged appliances to more efficient Energy Star approved models, especially high-use items like refrigerators, freezers, ranges, stovetops and ovens.
Around doors, windows, plumbing, and electrical fixtures to guard against air leaks that can make can put a strain on your heating and cooling system – and your budget.
- Replace windows.
With newer, more efficient options. Inefficient windows can be responsible for 20% of energy loss in the home. Look for options like low emissivity glass, fiberglass or vinyl frames, and double-paned construction for enhanced savings. Some double-paned units could save you up to 50% in energy expenses!
- Get Mother Nature on your side.
Talk to your area landscaping specialist to learn more about ways you can reduce energy costs with added trees and shrubs for summer shade and winter wind-deflection.
- Be flexible.
Adjusting your thermostat when you’re not at home – or installing a programmable or smart thermostat to do it for you – can help you save 1% of your energy bill for every degree the thermostat is turned up or down (depending on the season).
- Get an inspection & tune-up.
The largest consumer of energy in the home and accounting for more than 40% of your home's energy bills, scheduling an annual spring or fall heating and cooling system service ensures safe, efficient operation.
- Get out of the Jurassic era.
Though not a DIY project, replacing your 10+ year dinosaur of a system with a high-SEER, Energy Star model could save you literally hundreds per year in energy costs.
Tired of high energy bills taking a bite out of your budget? Bite back this National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. Contact Glass Doctor to learn more about how you can save energy and money with affordable, high-efficiency double-pane windows today.