With summertime fading into the (earlier) sunsets, it’s a great time of year to ‘fall’ into savings, isn’t it? While those air conditioning and pool bills from the past months may be on your mind, we’ve been thinking here at Howell Services of our top five cost savings tips. While we’d love to visit each of you this month for maintenance on your air conditioning or plumbing systems, we don’t want you to wait to save money! So, here are our top five DIY energy bill savings tips:
- Swap your older toilet in: Did you know that older model toilets flush up to 5 gallons of water? That may not seem like much until we tell you this: new energy-savings toilets use only 1.28 gallons of water per flush! You don’t need to calculate your office or family use to know there are significant savings with minimal investment in a new toilet!
- Turn down the heat: Water heaters are notorious drains on the pocketbook. Why? Because the factory setting on most water heater models is set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, 20 degrees above the Department of Energy’s recommended setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Before you’re worried about cold showers, here’s a simple test: Turn on your shower to the highest temperature setting and wait for maximum heat to be reached. Test it with your hand. If you’re worried you’ll get scalded, know that you’re tank is using energy that you’ll never need because it’s too hot!
- Change filters: Your HVAC system works hard to keep you just the right temperature, especially during winter and summer months. As the system is filtering dust and dirt, build-up causes it to work even harder, which means your energy bill is going up. Make it a habit to change your filter at the very least every three months. You’ll see the savings both in maintenance and repairs as well as on your energy bill!
- Ditch the bottles: While it’s ever so convenient to grab water on the go, a bottle can cost upwards of $1.39. If you do a quick assessment of your spending habits on water, it may just be more cost-effective to install a water filtration system. Whether at the office or at home, using recyclable or permanent containers for you daily water intake can also reduce your energy costs. Speaking of filling up on water…
- Put an aerator on your faucet: Have you ever been a guest in someone’s home, gone to wash your hands, and noticed that their faucet seems different? Maybe the flow of water is less, yet does the same job? That’s the result of a low flow aerator. It limits the flow of water every time the faucet is turned out which means you have less money going down the drain!