If you like to save money like the rest of us, you are probably always on the lookout for ways to cut back on your monthly expenses. While sometimes saving money can seem like a never ending fight, there are some little changes that will save you money each and every month.
At Pasterkamp Heating and Air Conditioning, we are always working to help our customers save money by having the most efficient heating and cooling systems. Check out some other tips from our friends at BobVila.com below.
Tankless Water Heater
It takes no small amount of energy (and more than a few energy dollars) for standard, storage-tank water heaters to keep a large volume of water always at the ready. That’s right: Even in the middle of the night, when there’s little chance that anyone wants to take a long, hot shower, traditional units chug along at full tilt. Fortunately, homeowners today enjoy an alternative—tankless water heaters. Because they operate on demand, only when a point-of-use fixture or appliance calls for hot water, tankless units slash energy consumption by a quarter or more, saving the average family approximately $1,700 over the lifetime of the water heater. “Tankless units do cost more up front,” O’Brian points out, “but the homeowner comes out ahead in the end.”
Your father was right to guard the thermostat like a watchdog. In the average home, more than half of all energy dollars go toward cooling and heating, so it pays to moderate indoor temperatures whenever possible. That said, it’s a real pain to adjust the thermostat over and over, day after day. True, a programmable thermostat helps solve the problem by automatically adjusting the temperature settings on a preset schedule. But as O’Brian puts it, “Most people don’t live on a fixed timetable.” Enter the Wi-Fi thermostat. By enabling you to adjust the temperature setting of your thermostat from anywhere—via your computer, tablet, or smartphone—a Wi-Fi thermostat gives you the power to capitalize on every opportunity for trimming HVAC costs, no matter where you happen to be.
The air filter in your HVAC system performs two pivotal roles simultaneously. For one, it defends the air you breathe from the harmful effects of dust, pollen, and other impurities. As well, it protects the HVAC system itself, helping to ensure its continued performance and longevity. Here’s the catch: As the filter removes more particles from the air, it gradually becomes clogged. At that point, if you don’t replace the filter (or at the very least clean it), “you can say goodbye to energy efficiency,” O’Brian says. “Whenever cooling or heating costs spike suddenly, the most likely explanation is a dirty air filter.” Is it time to swap in a new, clean filter? Consult the experts at SupplyHouse.com for help choosing among the many replacement options available.
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