Every month, every family that lives in a home, or even an apartment, has to dish out money for their energy bills. Heating, water, and electric are just a few of the dreaded bills that come in the mailbox more often than most of us would like.
An environmental “green” movement has been going on for years, and Americans have been finding ways to save energy and preserve the earth ever since. People are recycling more, as well as trying to reduce waste. These are all great, but there is more your family can do. Decreasing your energy usage is another thing that can help save the planet, but it will also save your family money. Here are a few easy ways to work on cutting down your energy bills every month to benefit both mother nature and your wallet.
A New Water Heater
You and your family use water for so many things, and you probably prefer it to be hot. You need it to shower, give baths, wash dishes, and do laundry. That means your hot water heater is constantly working to provide your family with hot water. Getting a new, energy efficient, tankless heater can save you a lot of money in the long run. In fact, tankless water heaters use 30%-50% less energy than a conventional unit does. Less energy equals less you’re paying for the monthly bill. Although a conventional water heat will cost less upfront, you will probably end up spending more during the eight to 12 years that the unit runs.
Your furnace and AC units require a filter so that the air being pumped out of your vents is safe for your family to breathe. That filter typically needs to be changed every three months, so you’re replacing it about four times a year. If you buy a reusable filter, you can save yourself a lot of money every year.
Insulate Your Attic
Heating and cooling your home can take a lot of energy, especially if you have spacious rooms and high ceilings. Warm and cold air may be escaping through your attic, making your furnace and AC have to work even harder. Energy Star estimates that you can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling costs if your attic is properly insulated.
When it comes to your family, you want to make sure that you are providing for them in the best way possible. Saving money every month can help you do so. To cut down on energy costs, get a new tankless water heater, insulate your attic, and invest in reusable filters.