Saving a little money on your water bill is always a good thing, especially as we enter the peak summer season where temperatures are scorching and utility bills are soaring. During peak usage months many people look for little ways to not only gain relief from the hot and humid weather, but also from sky rocketing utility bills. Here are some tips to help you save money on your utility bills.
During the hot summer months electrical bills can soar due to the constant use of the AC. We all want to be comfortable inside, especially when it is hot and sticky outside. Some tips to help you save money on your utility bills when using the AC are:
- Have your AC serviced by a HVAC technician – Routine maintenance of your HVAC can help ensure that your unit is running efficiently, not to mention safely. By having your HVAC
inspected at lease once a year you help guarantee that every component is in proper working order, that there are not leaks which can be a health and safety concern, and that there is no debris building up causing your unit to work harder and therefore less efficiently and more expensively.
- Utilize ceiling fans – ceiling fans can really work wonders when it comes to cooling down your home. They help keep the air circulating which can help make your home feel cooler.
- Invest in thermal drapes – thermal drapes or curtains can help keep a room cool by keeping the blazing hot rays of the sun from penetrating through the glass of your windows. Thermal drapes also help keep cold air out during the cold winter months.
- Update single pane windows – if you live in an older home it may be time to consider updating your windows for better insulation. Double pane or even triple pane can make a huge difference when running your AC, by making it harder for warm air to penetrate and cool air to escape.
- Make sure your home is properly sealed – making sure your home is properly sealed is important for climate control in both the summer and winter month. Leaks around windows, doors, attics, crawlspaces, and basements can allow for cold air to escape during the summer months and cool air to penetrate during the winter months. Check all the nooks and crannies at least once a year for any cracks that can allow or air to escape or invade and make any necessary repairs.
High water bills are common during summer months, as we tend to play more outdoors and it seems to take more to keep our gardens from getting parched. With this in mind there are things you can do to help your plumbing system work more efficiently and lower your water bill during summer.
- Check for leaks – if you notice a particularly high water bill it may mean that you have a leak somewhere. Check around under every sink, behind every toilet, around the bathtub or shower,
and around any exposed pipes. If no visible signs of a water leak are present then you can also listen for any sounds of rushing or gurgling water. Any signs of water damage or sounds of rushing or gurgling water could mean you have a serious water leak and should call your plumber right away.
- Replace old leaky faucets and showerheads – by replacing old leaky faucets and showerheads you can save thousands of gallons of water a year which could amount to huge saving on your utility bills. Newer faucets and showerheads are also designed to use less water and can help modernize a space without breaking the bank.
- Replace old toilets – many older toilets can wastes upwards or 7 gallons with every flush. If you live in a home that was built before 1994 then your older toilets could be wasting a ton of water every year. Newer toilets are designed to use as little as ½ a gallon to flush! That’s a huge difference and could make a huge impact on your utility bills.
- Limit Outdoor watering and use timers for sprinklers.
- Cover pools to prevent evaporation. This way you don’t have to fill up your pool as often.
Unsure of where to start when it comes to lowering your utility bills? Lesco Plumbing and Heating can help you with servicing your HVAC and your plumbing give us a call today (973) 564-1752!