There’s no stopping the high temperatures that come with every Central Texas summer, but you can try and stop them from running up your bills. Act now to help conserve energy later! Put your hands on savings with these simple DIY projects that can help make your home more energy efficient.
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Find and seal air leaks
Unaddressed air leaks waste energy, but sealing them can save you up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills. Apply caulk to any gaps or air leaks that exist around your windows, doors, electrical outlets, and plumbing. Add weatherstripping around exterior doors to lock in more savings.
Install low-flow showerheads
Your water heater is responsible for about 20% of your energy bill. Lower your water heating costs by installing low-flow showerheads in your bathrooms. When purchasing, look for the EPA’s WaterSense label to ensure efficiency.
Adjust your dryer vent hose
Trimming the length of your vent hose helps your clothes dry faster and more efficiently. While you’re making adjustments, make sure the vent is connected tightly at both ends.
Insulate your water heater tank
If your water heater tank is warm to the touch, adding insulation could produce energy savings that pay off in about a year.
Call in a pro
Hire an HVAC technician to clean and inspect your unit at least once per year. They can help your air conditioner run efficiently this summer, and spotting problems now can help keep you from burning up later.
Have questions specific to your home you’d like to ask an expert? PEC’s energy advisers can help you maximize savings with a simple, over-the-phone energy audit. Call us at 888-554-4732 to schedule an appointment.