Do you want to save money on your HVAC bill? Have you already implemented all the typically suggested tips? Did you know there are more ideas to save money? Read on as we share 3 of them below!
Go Beyond Insulation
One of the most common tips for saving money during both the summer and the winter is to up the amount of insulation or the quality of insulation in your home, especially in your attic. In order to really save money on your HVAC bill, you have to go beyond insulation.
Before you even think about blowing in any insulation, make sure the ducts running in your home are properly sealed. Additionally, don’t stop with the ductwork; make sure you also seal plumbing and other openings such as cable TV openings. You can often get rebates for sealing your ducts in addition to the rebates you can get for adding insulation.
Protect Your Heat Investment
When you get your water heater installed, it is usually factory-set to a scalding 140 degrees. While you already know that it saves you money to turn down your water heater–a nice 3-5% savings for every 10 degrees you turn it down–there are other ways to save money in the realm of water heaters.
The first way to save money is to look outside your water heater and install faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads. By installing these plumbing fixtures you will use less hot water, thus reducing the amount of water your heater has to heat and saving your money.
The second way to save money is to insulate. If you wrap your hot water pipes and jacket your water heater with a tank insulator sleeve, less heat will escape while waiting for your dishes to be washed or shower to turn on.
Lastly, if you really want to save some dough, ditch the traditional method of heating your water and invest in a tankless water heater, which heats on-demand and saves you money on heating bills.
Remember the Little Guys
Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget the little guys–your light switches and other power outlets. Drafts sneaking through a light switch may not seem like a big deal, but when you multiply that heat loss by the amount of outlets and plates in your home, it really adds up. By getting foam plate seals and filling any big gaps with spray-in foam, you provide good insulation around and inside these heat and cool air-loss magnets and you will be sure to save money on both heating and air conditioning.