Most, if not all homeowners are constantly looking for ways to engage in energy savings, in minimizing water consumption and in saving money. To accomplish these tasks, often times it is essential to invest in new energy efficient, Energy-Star appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators, or dishwashers for starters.
The environmental benefits of these investments are immediate and have a tremendous return on investment over the years while making your home more energy efficient. By saving energy we can all do our part in preventing pollution. Energy-Star appliances not only help to promote cleaner air but also help to prevent global warming all without minimizing the quality or performance of the appliances or products. There is much money to be saved as well by way of rebates when you invest in Energy-Star products.
ENHANCED ENERGY SAVING APPLIANCES
In today’s world, Smart Technology is the way to go when it comes to home appliances. These products provide energy efficiency and can even save you money over time.
- Washing Machine – If your washing machine is over ten years of age, then perhaps the time is now to start researching a new washer. Out of date washing machines can actually cost you a great deal more money year after year. Many of the new washing machines on the market today can process larger full loads of laundry with fewer gallons of water. In addition, they can alter the flow rate to provide greater water efficiency as well as energy conservation. The overall efficiency can be enhanced greatly and your laundry is apt to look, feel and smell even better when using upgraded energy efficient washing machine appliances.
- Refrigerator – Your refrigerator needs to be running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Though it does not impact your energy savings or energy bill greatly, investing in a new Water Sense refrigerator may be the ideal solution for you.
- Oven – Whenever possible homeowners should use toaster ovens or microwaves instead of their full oven. This will most assuredly help to save energy over the long term.
- Dishwasher and Sink – Faucet aerators are a perfect way of decreasing the amount of overall water usage in your home. Remember not to keep the water running foolishly so as to save money over time. Also, get in the habit of using the no heat setting when your dishwasher is in operation.
- Heating and Cooling System – Your HVAC system makes up near to 60-65% of your energy usage and consumption. Though most homes are equipped with ductwork to deliver hot or cold air throughout their living space, this is not the most efficient way for your system to operate. Typically, an HVAC system cannot be very energy efficient if it is forced to cool or heat multiple levels in the home. With that said, mini-split or even ductless HVAC systems are far more energy efficient. In addition, state of the art geothermal systems control temperatures by way of the environment rather than energy to heat or cool homes. These heating and cooling systems can be very costly, but are indeed top of the line when it comes to energy savings.
LOOK TO THE PROS HERE AT STEVE MULL PLUMBING
We hope these energy saving tips prove useful and want to remind all our valued Lebanon clients, old and new, to reach out to the pros here at Steve Mull Plumbing for all your plumbing needs. Whether you are in need of a plumbing inspection, new pipes, or need a new water heater, or if you want to learn more about energy efficient appliances, we are the team for you. Give a shout out to one of our staff today. We look forward to serving you and hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable summer season ahead!