Dishwashers, clothes washers, ovens, refrigerators, water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, and other major appliances can all run up energy costs quickly if they are not energy efficient or not running at peak performance. It is important to have your major appliances inspected regularly. If you are considering a renovation or upgrade, explore your options.
A ceiling fan can increase the evaporation of perspiration from an individual and create the sensation of a cooler environment. Ceiling fans also cost much less to operate than your comfort system. This allows you to set the thermostat higher and still enjoy a comfortable environment. Be sure to turn the fan off when you leave the room.
It may be hard to believe, but if your outlet covers are not insulated properly, air could be entering your home around them. Use outlet insulators to help seal the space behind the outlet and lower your energy bills.
Low flow toilets use less than half the water of full flush toilets. Low flow toilets are now the standard for new construction, but many older homes still have full flush toilets installed. If you want to save even more money, consider a dual flush toilet, which provides two different flushing options. When flushing toilets accounts for at least a third of your water bill, there is a big potential to save with an upgrade.
Where does all that water from your eavestroughs and downspouts go? In the street and down a gutter? Rainwater is a great resource to use for watering plants or gardening. Consider installing a rain barrel at the bottom of one of your downspouts to collect the water and tie it into an irrigation system. Next time there is a dry spell, save some money on your water bill.