Green Facts and Energy Savings Ideas

Going green doesn't have to be onerous. Even small changes can have a big impact. You can start with something as easy as changing a lightbulb. Everything from how you light your home to how you wash your clothes can affect your utility bills. Making some adjustments can help you use less energy – good for your wallet, and the planet.

Lighting

The simple task of changing your lightbulbs can have a positive impact on your energy bills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, using energy-efficient bulbs in the five most frequently used light fixtures in your home could save you up to $75 a year.

Some of the top spots to consider for bulb replacement:

Depending on the type you choose, the EPA estimates energy-efficient bulbs can last up to 25 times longer and use 25 to 80 percent less energy than standard lighting.

Heating and cooling

Nearly 50 percent of the energy used in the average home goes to heating and cooling. Regular maintenance of your equipment will ensure it's running at peak efficiency and helps you get the most for your energy dollar.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters can provide significant energy savings over their conventional cousins. A traditional water heater must constantly heat the water in its tank to ensure hot water is available when needed. A tankless model provides hot water on demand.

A tankless water heater is usually more expensive to purchase and install than a conventional version. However, the long-term savings could make the initial investment worthwhile. Depending upon your daily water use, the EPA estimates a tankless unit can be up to 34 percent more efficient than a storage water heater. Less energy spent heating and reheating water translates into lower energy bills.

Tankless water heaters also last longer than their conventional counterparts. The life expectancy for a demand water heater is more than 20 years, versus the typical 10-15 year lifespan for a tank style.

Fuel options for tankless water heaters include, electric, natural gas and propane. A good plumbing contractor can help you calculate your potential savings and payback period, plus recommend the best type for your home.

High-Efficiency Washers

If you need a new clothes washer, consider a high-efficiency (HE) model. These are more energy-efficient and use less water than a traditional top-loading agitator style washing machine. HE washers are available in both top-loading and front-loading styles.

Whether front- or top-loading, HE machines use between 33 and 80 percent less water than agitator machines. Because there's much less water to heat, this results in energy savings as well. An HE washer may use as little as 20 percent of the energy needed by the traditional agitator style.

HE machines often cost more up front, but can result in long-term savings on your utility bills.

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