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Cutting Energy Costs This Winter

October 12, 2011 | Blog

Looking for Ways to Reduce Your Utility Bill this Winter?

With winter approaching and families struggling to find ways to cut costs, many are concerned another cold winter could lead to unwanted expensive utility bills. Fortunately, there are a number of steps homeowners can take to reduce their heating and energy costs this winter.

Replacing Appliances? Consider Energy Star Rated Products

If you’re in the market for a new hot water heating, washer, dryer, or dishwasher, consider buying an Energy Star rated appliance. What’s an Energy Star rated appliance? Energy Star-rated products use 20% to 30% less energy than mandated by federal standards. As a result, Energy Star products can reduce a household’s utility expenses by 15% to 40%, depending on the size of your household and the other appliances you own. If you’re remodeling this autumn, consider using Energy Star rated products as a way of reducing your energy costs now and in the future.

Winterizing Your Home

According to the Department of Energy, 56% of an average household’s energy use is attributable to heating and cooling. However, the Department of Energy estimates inadequate insulation, poor duct-work, and air leakage accounts for 20% to 40% of an average household’s energy costs. Consequently, winterizing your home could save you hundreds of dollars this year, especially if we experience another colder than expected winter. In fact, the Department Energy estimates winterizing a home could save the average homeowner as much as $218 a year in energy costs.

Insulation – The Key to Reducing Energy Costs

Insulation keeps a home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If you don’t have your home properly insulated, warm air escapes in the winter and cool air escapes in the summer. In fact, the Department of Energy estimates the average homeowner can reduce their energy bill by 20% to 30% with proper insulation. Even if you have insulation in your attic, you’ll also want to consider insulating your garage and basement. Properly venting your attic can also prevent warm air from being sucked out of your home in winter, reducing heating bills as a result.

Energy Efficient Hot Water Heaters

How much does it cost you to heat your water? The Department of Energy estimates water heaters account for 14% to 25% of an average monthly energy bill. If you don’t need to replace your hot water heater, consider lowering the temperature setting. Most hot water heaters are factory set at 140 degrees; however, most people are more than comfortable with a temperature setting of 120 degrees. If you are replacing your hot water heater, there are now several energy-efficient options available that provide homeowners with on demand hot water and lower energy costs.

Contact Dallas-Ft. Worth Experienced Appliances Dealers

For more than 50 years, Public Service Plumbers has helped individuals, families, and businesses meet their appliance and plumbing needs. See what’s helped us build our reputation for excellence over the course of three generations – call Public Service Plumbers at (214) 753-4633 or drop by our Dallas, Texas showroom to for ideas on how we can help you reduce energy costs for your home or business.

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