Install A Heat Recovery Pipe

heat pipe

 

When warm water goes down your drain, so does the valuable energy with it.   Drain water heat recovery (DWHR) is the process of recovering part of this valuable energy from the warm water, and using it to preheat your incoming cold fresh water. This process can be used for your home, apartment, condo, business or many industrial processes using heated water.

This simple innovative and proven technology has no moving parts, is already in-use around the world, providing affordable long-lasting savings results.  The cost ranges from $500 to $1000 but the savings are $100 to $200 per year depending on use.

 

 Install A Programmable Thermostat

Programmable Thermostat

If you are looking to save valuable dollars on your utility bill, buying a programmable thermostat is money well spent.  Look to save up to 30%.  Take it to another level by purchasing a learning thermostat such as Nest.  Once the unit learns your desired environment, just sit back and save.

 

 Keep Your Filters Clean

furnace filter

This may seem like a no brainer but it’s highly neglected and is the easiest way to save money.  When your furnace filter is clogged, your furnace must work harder thus costing you precious dollars.  Not to mention the health benefits of a new clean filter.  Some thermostats will remind you to change your filter.  If not, a thirty second inspection of your filter twice a year will do it.

 

 Install Dimmers and LED Bulbs

led bulbs

If you install the newer dimmer switches, they now include a "Triac Switch" which cuts the flow of energy to the light. It causes a constant flicker which the human eye cannot register, cutting down on the actual electricity used to power the light. The best news is that if you use the dimmer switch at about 50% you will save money on your electric bill in the long run! LED bulbs use 80% less energy and they last 10 to 15 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs.

 

Save Money On Your Water Bills

toilet

Install an aerator on your kitchen and bathroom faucets to reduce the flow of water.  This will save hundreds of gallons per year.  Don’t forget to replace it periodically to ensure proper savings.

Update your toilets to a low flush or dual flush version to save over 12,000 gallons of water per year.

Install a new shower head.  Low-flow shower heads use 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm); older models use as much as 5.5 gpm. Make the switch and you'll reduce your water bill by 25-60%.

 

 Install Ceiling Fans And Vents

ceiling fan

Install ceiling fans to reduce the need to run your air conditioner.   Ceiling fans effectively circulate the air in a room to create a draft throughout the room. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.

Don’t forget the attic.  The attic can exceed one hundred degrees in the summer months thus heating up the upper levels.  Installing the proper number of vents on your roof will ensure proper ventilation.  You can take it a step further and install turbine vents which pull the air out of your attic.

 

 Save Energy With A Single Click

power bar

Your computer system components use energy around the clock, even when they're not in use, wasting energy and driving up your electric bill. The Conserve Switch Surge Protector with Remote by Belkin lets you shut off power, including standby power to all your computer system components with a single click.  Effectively saving an average of $25 per year.

 

 Save With The Right Window Shades

blinds

Use cellular and honeycomb or insulating window shades for a lost cost way to reduce heat loss by up to 86%.

Ensure your windows and doors are properly weather-stripped.  Caulk around basement and storm windows.  When heating or cooling, keep windows locked.  Open your window coverings during sunny winter days to catch free solar heat then close them at night to keep that heat in.  Close your window coverings during summer days to keep the heat out.