0You probably don’t give your utility bills an inordinate amount of attention – unless one or the other of them happens to skyrocket. There are, however, five fairly easy steps you can take to help reduce your utility bills that are actually good for your home, the environment, and your wallet.
Get Started Conserving Energy Today
When it comes to conserving energy and reducing your utility bills in the process, there are 5 straightforward mechanisms you can implement today:
- Replace your traditional lightbulbs with LED bulbs
If you haven’t replaced your traditional lightbulbs with LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs yet, there is no time like the present. While LED bulbs cost more at purchase, they have a much longer lifespan and deliver more light, using less energy in the process. In fact, according to energy.gov, LED bulbs are among the most energy-efficient lighting technologies and the bulbs are more durable, are longer lasting, and offer comparable or improved quality of light (compared to other types of lighting). You don’t have to go wild and replace all of your bulbs at once if it seems too daunting; instead do it in phases.
- Repair or replace that leaky faucet
A leaky faucet is not only annoying but also amps up your water bill and wastes water. Sometimes, there’s a quick fix for a leaky faucet, and sometimes, a leaky faucet is indicative of a more serious issue. Whatever’s causing your leaky faucet, a knowledgeable Boca Raton plumber can help.
- Insulate you water heater’s tank
If your water heater is getting older, check its level of insulation. Energy.gov suggests an R-value of at least 24 (this value should be printed on your water heater’s label). If you aren’t sure about your tank’s R-value, feel the tank with your hand and if it’s warm, you need more insulation. In fact, an R-value of 24 or greater can reduce the water heater’s heat loss by about 25 to 45 percent, which can pay for the additional insulation within approximately a year. Another option is replacing your water heater with an energy efficient model, which will conserve energy, save you money in the long run, and minimize the chances that your heater will leak or become otherwise damaged (which is more likely as your water heater gets older). An experienced Boca Raton plumber will help you find the option that best suits your needs.
- Unplug those electronics that aren’t in use
When you’re not using an electrical appliance, computer, light, or anything else, it’s still consuming power if it’s plugged in (simply turning the unit off – or powering it off – won’t do the trick). This is called phantom power, and it can add up. Using a power strip that charges multiple electronics and that you can power-off with the flip of a switch can make the process easier.
- Consider purchasing appliances that are Energy Star rated
The Energy Star program is jointly sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The program’s goal is to help all consumers save money on their utility bills via energy-efficient products and practices. If an appliance has an Energy Star label, it means that it’s a top performer in terms of energy efficiency and cost to use. Consult with an experienced plumbing professional about your plumbed appliances and about your best options moving forward.
Saving Money and Protecting Your Home
When it comes to reducing your energy bills, the benefits are threefold. Yes, it’s great to reduce your costs and to conserve energy, but by conferring with a skilled plumber, you can also protect your home in the process. As your plumbed appliances age, the risk of one of them springing a leak or otherwise malfunctioning increases. A leaky appliance is not only inconvenient but, if it goes unnoticed, can also lead to structural damage in your home or office. Further, a leak can ultimately lead to mold and mildew, which emit unpleasant odors and are closely associated with health risks.
Reduce Your Utility Bills by Contacting a Professional Boca Raton Plumber Today
By implementing a few changes, you can save money on your utility bills, and the dedicated plumbing professionals at Erica’s Plumbing and Restoration in Boca Raton are here to help. Our experienced plumbers have the skill, knowledge, and commitment to customer service to help you conserve energy and maximize your savings. We understand that an issue with your plumping can arise at any time, and that’s why we’re available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. For more information, please contact or call us at 561-245-7435 today.
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