Cut Your Energy Bill Now!<br />The top 10 things any homeowner can do now to save money – each for under $150.00 <br />
Top 10 Energy Savers<br />Insulate Pipes<br />Low Flow shower heads<br />Dual Flush Toilet Kits<br />Insulate Rim Joists in House<br />CFL or LED<br />Water Heater Jackets<br />Seal Windows<br />Energy Audit<br />Programmable Thermostats<br />Install Ceiling fans<br />
Insulate Pipes<br /><ul><li>Insulating your hot water pipes reduces heat loss and can raise water temperature 2 ͦF ̶ 4 ͦ F hotter than uninsulated pipes can deliver, allowing for a lower water temperature setting.
You also won't have to wait as long for hot water when you turn on a faucet or showerhead, which helps conserve water.</li></li></ul><li>Low Flow Shower Heads<br /><ul><li>Low-flow can significantly reduce your household water consumption without a noticeable difference to your shower experience.
The term “low flow” is generally defined as a showerhead with a water consumption rate of 0.5 to 2 gallons per minute (gpm).
Water-saving showerheads and handshowers designed with a 1.75 gpm flow rate can save up to 30% on water usage compared to a 2.5 gpm showerhead.</li></li></ul><li>Dual Flush Toilet Kits<br />For around $25 you can save 40-50% of the water used in flushing – around 30 gallons of water a day (or 10,000 gallons per year) for a family of four.<br />
Insulate Rim Joists in House<br />Mike –is this with closed cell spray foam or rigid foam +Caulk<br />Air leakage accounts for about 40% of the heat lost in a typical building. <br />
CFL or LED<br />Electric lighting burns around 20% of the average home energy budget.<br />LEDs use 1/50 of the energy of a standard bulb and last 10 times longer than their CFL alternatives. <br />A typical LED bulb can last up to 15 years without needing to be changed<br />
Water Heater Jackets<br /><ul><li>Unless your water heater's storage tank already has a high R-value of insulation (at least R-24), adding insulation to it can reduce standby heat losses by 25%–45%. This will save you around 4%–9% in water heating costs.
If you don't know your water heater tank's R-value, touch it. A tank that's warm to the touch needs additional insulation.
Insulating your storage water heater tank is fairly simple and inexpensive, and it will pay for itself in about a year. </li></li></ul><li>Seal Windows<br />Mike – are we talking caulk, weather stripping, that Mortite Rope caulk stuff, or all those sort of things? <br />By properly sealing and insulating your home, you can save anywhere from 5 to 50 percent of your energy bill each year. <br />
Energy Audit<br /><ul><li>Get expert advice to help you identify ways you can use less electricity and plug energy leaks in your home.
You’ll get the most cost-effective and useful steps that will help you reduce your energy use, lower your home’s global warming footprint, and lower your energy bills, too.
Check www.mncee.org to see if your neighborhood is an eligible neighborhood for Community Energy Services audits. </li></li></ul><li>Programmable Thermostats<br />Get a Programmable Thermostat (or learn to use the one you have!) Almost half of American households already have programmable thermostats, but only one quarter of their owners actually use them.<br />A programmable thermostat allows you to automate when your heating or cooling systems come on and off—e.g. it can be programmed to come on to warm the house shortly before you get up, and to automatically shut off during the hours when you are sleeping or away at work. <br />The average homeowner can save $150 to $180 per year.<br />
Install Ceiling fans<br />Energy Star fans use 50 percent less energy.<br />By helping the air in your home circulate, ceiling fans can help make your heating and cooling systems more efficient. In summer, using a ceiling fan can create a “wind chill effect” in your home, making it feel cooler than it really is, meaning you can either turn down your AC or turn it off altogether in mild weather. <br /><ul><li>Using a ceiling fan in the summer can save you up to 40 percent on your cooling costs. In winter switch the rotation direction so that the blades move clockwise—this helps circulate the warm air that is rising to the ceiling back down into the room and can save you ten percent on your heating bills.</li></li></ul><li>Ready For the Next Steps?<br />Bigger investments can bring bigger paybacks:<br />Upgrade Your Appliances - Appliances account for 20 percent of home energy use. According to the EPA, efficient appliances use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. An Energy Star fridge can be 50 percent more efficient than a pre-1993 fridge, saving you over $70 a year on energy costs. An efficient washer expends 50 percent less energy than a standard washer and uses 15 to 22 fewer gallons of water per load, saving you about $100 per year.<br />Upgrade Your Hot Water Heater -Tankless, or on-demand, hot water heaters heat water when you need it, rather than constantly heating a tank of water to be ready for use. On-demand water heaters can be 24–34 percent more energy-efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters for homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily. Plus, you’ll never come home to a burst hot water pipe.<br />
Bigger Investments, Bigger rewards<br />Save Energy Through Landscaping – The proper placement of just 3 trees will save an average household $100–$250 in energy costs annually. In warmer months, strategically planted trees and other plants can shade your windows and help reduce your cooling costs. Save up to 25 percent of your energy use for heating and cooling.<br />Don't Waste Energy on TV – Look for LCD rather than plasma. Plasma screens can use up to six times the energy as LCD screens. Always look for the Energy Star label, which indicates that the TV uses at least 30 percent less energy than conventional TVs.<br />