Being Energy Efficient
When was the last time you walked through the mall haphazardly tossing $5 bills into the air for strangers to retrieve? Probably never. Throwing money into the air is certainly not something that we are in the habit of doing. After all, we’ve got bills, groceries, daycare, college tuition, summer vacation…
But now think about your home and how much energy sneaks out from drafty windows or eyesore appliances. You’re throwing money into the air and you don’t even realize it. Your Glass Doctor® specialist has come up with a list of ways to help you stop throwing money into the air, be more energy efficient and ultimately save money!
Windows and Doors
- Replace single-pane windows with insulated glass units (IGUs).
- Seal any window gaps that can allow for drafts.
- Install door sweeps at the bottom of front and back door.
$$$ Windows and Doors Money Tip: You can save $126 - $465 a year by replacing single-pane windows.
- • Replace older appliances with ENERGY STAR appliances.
- • Run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
- • Unplug ‘vampire appliances’ like coffee makers, blenders, toasters and microwaves when not in use.
$$$ Appliances Money Tip: Replacing an old refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR refrigerator will save you about $46 a year and replacing an old dishwasher can save you about $40 per year.
Hot Water Heater
- Set water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
- Cover hot water heater with an insulated water heater blanket.
- Insulate hot water pipes.
$$$ Hot Water Heater Money Tip For every 10 degrees you reduce the hot water heater temperature, it can save you 3% - 5% on your water heating costs.