It’s no secret - our Alaskan winters can get a bit chilly and cost us a fortune in utility bills. As we soak up the beautiful summer sun, it’s a perfect time to chat about ways we can all save on our utility bills. Let’s get right to it. Here are actionable tips to help you cut your utility bills by up to 20%. That’s right, 20%!
1. Be safe and don’t burn yourself with this one. Can you keep the back of your hand in the hot water that comes out of your sink? If not, your water is being heated more than necessary. Turn your water heater to 120 degrees and work your way down to the lowest temperature that still feels comfortable. You’ll save money and you won’t have to worry about your children getting scalded if they turn on the hot water tap.
2. If you have an older water heater, it might need replacing. A plumbing company is recommending we replace our water heater? – stay with us. We don’t want you to replace a heater that doesn’t need to be put to pasture. We help all our clients go through the assessment of whether it makes dollars and sense to replace. We have a blog post focused specifically on this topic HERE.
3. If your water heater is relatively new (you see, not everyone needs a new one), consider insulating it with a water heater jacket. They are relatively inexpensive and many can recoup the cost in monthly energy savings. Call or message us for recommendations.
4. Minimize hot water consumption by installing a low-flow showerhead and by taking showers instead of baths. Also, set your washing machine to use cold water and immediately fix any leaky faucets. These sound obvious but they can really DRAIN your pocket book. Thank you, thank you.
5. Another no-brainer, but it’s worth including in this list. Make sure you only run your dishwasher and clothes washer/dryer with full loads. Running partial loads is an inefficient use of your appliances and drives up utility costs.
6. Set your thermostat to about 68 degrees. Depending on the size of your home and efficiency of your heating system, this can typically reduce your utility bills by 5-10% (assuming a current temperature of 72 degrees). It might seem a bit chilly at first, but you might be surprised how quickly you get used to it. This isn’t for everyone. I’m getting chills just talking about it.
7. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat. These smart thermostats can manage a temperature schedule or even learn your habits and recommend temperature adjustments to save on energy costs. Call or message us and we’ll tell you about some of our favorites.
Don’t just take our word for it, put these methods to the test! With a little effort, you might be very surprised at how much money you can save each month. From Eagle River to Willow. We’re here when you need us! Email at INFO@ROCKSOLIDPLUMBING.COM or call us at 907-331-0488.