How to Save Energy, the Environment and Money!
It’s been a long day at work. You get home, set down your laptop, open the refrigerator door and stare at the contents trying to decide what to have for dinner.
But wait – close that door! Keeping the refrigerator door open may not seem like a big deal but, according to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida, letting that cold air escape wastes enough energy in a year to power 50 loads of laundry!
Small Steps Make a Big Impact
Unless you are living in a cave, one can hardly miss all the stories about soaring energy prices and climate change in the news every day. Taking small steps daily (like closing the door to the fridge) to reduce energy use may seem insignificant but can both save you money and decrease your environmental footprint. Multiplied by many households, small steps make a big impact. These steps include both conserving energy (adjusting behaviors and habits) and finding ways to use energy more efficiently through technology.
A Few Ways to Conserve Energy at Home
- Shut down your computer at night. Computers are some of the biggest energy guzzlers.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Wash only full loads of laundry using cold water when possible.
- Adjust the AC temperature setting a degree or two higher than you normally would and pretend you didn’t.
- Only open that refrigerator door when necessary so the cold air doesn’t escape!
Increase Your Energy Efficiency
- Use LED bulbs – they use 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer.
- Install a programmable or smart thermostat.
- Install automatic light sensors or timed sensors on outdoor lighting or use solar devices.
Tankless Water Heaters and Energy Efficiency
According to the Department of Energy, water heating accounts for about 20% of your home’s energy use. Choosing an energy-efficient water heater can help you reduce your energy consumption and save money.
Storage water heaters are extremely inefficient when it comes to their energy use. Tank water heaters operate by constantly heating the water stored in the tank to keep it at the temperature set on the thermostat.
Tankless water heaters provide hot water only when needed by getting rid of the tank. Because a tankless water heater does not store hot water, tankless water heaters have between 24 and 34 percent more energy efficiency than storage tank water heaters.
Going tankless not only helps save energy – it can save you money, as well. According to Energy Star, certified tankless water heaters can save a family of four up to $95 per year, or $1,800 over the lifetime of the water heater. And, speaking of lifetimes, tankless heaters last 20+ years as compared to 10-15 years for conventional storage tank heaters.
Tankless water heaters provide both environmental and economic benefits at every step in the supply chain. From manufacturing to installation and use, to disposal, tankless water heaters consume fewer resources while saving you money every month!
Contact Arnett’s Water Systems Today
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