5 Ways to Save on Monthly Utility Bills
Turning off the lights when you walk out of a room and taking faster showers can help you cut a bit off your utility bills each month. But if you want to see big differences in the efficiency of your home, you’ll need to go beyond lifestyle changes and consider modern upgrades to your fixtures and appliances.
Investing in technology that saves water and energy offers a trifecta of benefits. Not only will these upgrades deliver long-term savings on your monthly bills, they may also increase the value of your property. Even better, Mother Earth will applaud you for lowering your carbon footprint.
Not sure where to start? The HVAC professionals at Wild West Mechanical are here to help with some suggestions on energy-efficient upgrades to make around your home. Here’s how to make your home work for you.
Switch to a Tankless Water Heater
How often is your family using hot water? For a lot of households, the biggest demand for hot water is during the morning and evening for showers. However, if you have a traditional water heater, it’s using energy to keep that water hot all the time — even when you don’t need it.
“The tank has to be heated and maintained so that when we do use hot water, it’s there, but the heat radiating from the tank ends up consuming a lot of energy,” said Mark SIlva, owner of Wild West Mechanical Heating and Cooling.
Cut back on this waste by switching to a tankless water heater. This energy-efficient upgrade allows steamy showers on demand, without always keeping a tank warm.
“Just about everyone out there has been the last person in the house to hop in the shower and have no hot water. That doesn’t happen with tankless water heaters. You use only what you need, so it saves you energy and increases comfort,” said SIlva.
Upgrade Your HVAC System
Your HVAC system works hard to keep your home comfortable throughout the scorching summers and shivery winters of Arizona. That effort wears on the system, lowering its efficiency (and growing your energy costs) over the years. Regular maintenance can help keep it performing, but at some point, it no longer makes financial sense to keep repairing an declining HVAC system.
“If you consider the cost of cleaning it and making it as factory-fresh as you can, but the system’s already 12 to 15 years old, you might be better off investing in a new system that’s nice and clean, and built to a much higher efficiency than older ones,” said Silva.
It may take a while to save up for a new HVAC system. However, you may be able to make that upgrade a lot sooner with the Wild West Mechanical Service experts. Participants can get a new, energy-efficient air conditioning and heating system installed at their properties right away for a fixed monthly fee that’s typically lower than the average internet bill. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your HVAC system will always keep your home the perfect temperature, with no unpleasant surprises along the way.
Install New Doors and Windows
Windows are another area of concern when it comes to boosting the efficiency of a home. If they’re aging or damaged, you may be spending more than needed to keep the temperature in your home cozy.
“Windows have really come a long way. Whereas you used to feel all the heat from the sunlight coming through a window, they now have windows with coated glass that reflects the heat back out and reduces the amount of heat building up inside the house,” said Hughes.
You can also make similar upgrades to your doors to help reduce drafts and maintain desirable temperatures.
“It used to be all doors were wood, which is not a very efficient material. Old doors would lose a lot of heat,” Silva explained. “Newer doors, some of which are made of metal or fiberglass that looks like wood, have insulation inside that almost makes them like a cooler you would take to the beach. It cuts down on radiant heat quite a lot.”
Want an energy-efficient HVAC system, but you’re not sure how you can afford it? Ask Wild West Mechanical Heating and Cooling, will work with you to make sure you and your family are comfortable