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Save on water and energy with a few simple changes

We'd like to share some easy ways to minimize your utility bills with energy-efficient heating, cooling, and water heater tips.

Ahern Contracting places a great value on improving energy efficiency

HVAC and plumbing technology has evolved into an environmentally conscious field, especially in the last few years. Replacing your outdated heater, air conditioner or water heater can save you big money on your utility bills. With government tax credits and great manufacturer rebates, now is the time to upgrade.

Even with fantastic savings, you can't all afford a new unit. There are several easy steps you can take to save money with your existing systems. According to the US Department of Energy:

Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.

  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed.
  • Use fans during the summer to create a wind chill effect that will make your home more comfortable. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.
  • Turn off kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing to retain heated air.
  • Energy Star rated heating, air conditioning, and water heaters will save 10-25% over your old conventional systems.

Simple changes in the kitchen and bathroom can make a difference

Water heating can account for 14% - 25% of the energy consumed in your home - simple changes in the kitchen and bathroom can have a significant effect on your monthly bill. 

  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes
  • Take short showers instead of baths
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120° F
  • Drain a quart of water from your water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater. The type of water tank you have determines the steps to take, so follow the manufacturer's advice.

Select a shower head with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute) for maximum water efficiency. Before 1992, some showerheads had flow rates of 5.5 gpm, so you might want to replace them if you're not sure of their flow rates.

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