Ways to Save Energy and Water0
Replace Old Appliances for Energy Saving Models
Tax Incentives Help Offset Cost
Are you looking for ways to save water, energy, and money? You should consider buying a new refrigerator, dishwasher, or clothes washer. The environmental benefits you will receive are immediate. The saving you will receive will earn your investment back in just a few years, especially with the rebates, tax credits, and federal incentives now available to most homeowners throughout the United States.
Making the switch important because saving energy not only saves you money, but it also prevents pollution. When you choose Energy Star-rated products, you help prevent global warming and promote cleaner air, without sacrificing product quality and performance. In fact, the performance of the new products are much better than older models.
The Energy Star rating means that a product meets the strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy.
Below, are a few ideas to instantly save water and energy.
If you Replace a dishwasher manufactured before 1994 with an Energy Star-qualified dishwasher, you can save more than $50 a year in utility costs alone.
Energy Star-rated dishwashers use at least 41% less energy than the federal minimum standard for energy consumption for a dishwasher.
Energy Star-rated dishwashers also use much less water than conventional dishwashers. The savings of using less hot water compared to new conventional models, an Energy Star-rated dishwasher saves about $140 over the lifetime of the dishwasher.
Replacing your refrigerator can save a lot of money. If the refrigerator was before 1993 the saving of energy is extremely significant. Pre-1993 refrigerators cost about $200 per year more in electricity. That’s twice as much as a new Energy Star-rated refrigerator.
You should consider investing in a new refrigerator if:
- You have a side-by-side refrigerator. Side-by-side refrigerators use 25% more energy.
- The size of your household has decreased and you could use a smaller, more energy efficient refrigerator.
- Your refrigerator or freezer was built in the 1970s. You might laugh, and think who would have such an old refrigerator, but you would be amazed how many are still running. Old refrigerators are built like tanks, and they last forever. The problem is they use way too much energy. Old refrigerators cost five times more per year to operate than a new Energy Star-rated refrigerator.
The average family in the United States washes almost 400 loads of laundry every year. With an Energy Star-rated clothes washer, it’s possible to cut energy costs by more than 30% and the saving of water costs by more 50%.
Washer manufactured before 2004 are considered inefficient by the standards of today. If your washer is more than 15 years old, then it’s definitely time to replace your washer. Again, like refrigerators, old washers will last for decades, but in the long run, keeping them will end up costing you much more money. With a new Energy Star-rated washer, you can save about $185 per year on your utility bill.
Solar Water Heaters
If you really want to make a difference on the environment and your pocketbook, an Energy Star-rated solar water heater can make a big difference.
A solar water heater can cut your hot water bill by as much as 65%. Most solar water heaters are designed for use with an electric or gas as a back-up system in case you are running low on solar power.
The initial investment in a solar water heater can be somewhat high upfront and it may take 8 to 10 years to pay for itself. Also, consider the local, state and federal tax credits that apply when investing in a solar water heater. This may have a significant impact on your upfront initial investment.
The benefits of investing in a solar water heater are below.
- Save money: By using the energy of the sun to heat or preheat your water, you can cut your water heating bill by 65%. This is significant because the cost of heating the water in your plumbing system usually accounts for about 18% of the total energy consumption in the average American home.
- Protecting the environment: Solar water heaters can cut your carbon dioxide emissions by 50%. According to the Energy Star website, “Installing a qualified solar water heater will reduce the load of your electric water heater by almost 2,500 kWh per year, preventing 4,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually. This is the equivalent of not driving your car for four months every year.” As you can see, this can have a huge impact on the environment, and the world around you.
- Longevity. Simply put: they last an extremely long time. The average life expectancy of qualified solar water heating systems is 25 years. This is much longer than a standard conventional tank-type gas or electric water heater.
Every single time you flush a toilet, take a shower, wash your hands, wash your car, brush your teeth, make a pot of coffee, clean the dishes or wash your clothes, you pay for water being routed to your house. And then you pay for having dirty water drained away in your sewer and drains.
Running water is a modern day luxury. Often, we take it for granted. Less than 150 years ago the kings and queens of Europe didn’t have it as good as a common individual does today in America. Usually, the only time we think about water as a precious resource is during the hot summer weeks when the media starts to use the word “drought” in their local newscasts. Or when we watch the news and see people in other countries dying from a lack of clean water.
We realize how much clean water really costs when we get the water bill. You can have immediate impact on your water bill by utilizing the water saving tips below. By taking this advice you will be preserving the precious resource of water and saving a significant amount of money.
4 Water Saving Tips
- Stop Water Leaks in the Plumbing System and Appiances. Check and repair all water-using appliances in the home.
Even if the leak is minor, fix or replace it. A leaking faucet, an running toilet, or the wrong showerhead, can waste hundreds of gallons of water a year. Both water and money are going down the drain. The sooner you fix it, the sooner you start saving, and the less water and money you spend.
- Replace old toilets in the bathroom. Flushing the toilet is the single largest water use in the home. This is especially the case if you are family of four. If your home was built before 1992 and the toilets have not been replaced, you will see an immediate benefit from installing high efficiency toilets that uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush. A family of 4 could save between 14,000 and 25,000 gallons of water by making the switch to high efficiency toilets.
- Replace the Clothes Washer. The clothes washer is the 2nd largest water consuming appliance in the home. A clothes washer should be replaced for a front-loading high efficiency model. Look for an Energy Star-rated product: These use 35% to 50% less water and 50% less energy per load. This really adds up, and can save a household a tremendous amount of money over the course of a year.
- Replace the Dishwasher. Consider buying a dishwasher with a “light wash” or “energy-saving” cycle. This energy saving option uses less water and operates the dishwasher for a shorter period of time. This energy saving option is for dishes that are just slightly dirty, and just need a nice rinse. Some energy-saving cycles also allow dishes in the dishwasher to air dry with circulation fans rather than firing up the heating coils inside the dishwasher to do the drying job.
The average household in the United States spends $2,800 per year on energy for the home. About 50% of the expense toward energy goes to heating and cooling the home.
The rest of the breakdown is: 18% goes to heating water, 12% to lighting and 13 – 15%% to appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers.
Investing in new energy efficient technology around the home saves a lot of money and adds up over time.
If you are interested in finding out more information about energy efficient plumbing appliances like water heater give your local plumbing expert a call at Best Plumbers®.