It’s a new year, and that means new resolutions. This year, consider a home energy and water efficiency resolution.
Whether you are a homeowner or renter, there are a number of strategies you can adopt to lower your utilities bill no matter the time of the year or your price range. Some tips are free or low cost and can be used daily to increase savings, while others require a larger investment for long-term savings.
This year, resolve to trying one or more of these tips for improving your home’s energy and water efficiency.
1. Install a smart thermostat. Without sacrificing comfort, you can save up to $145 a year on heating and cooling costs with a smart thermostat. Get even more savings with our $50 rebate when you install one of these smart devices.
2. Use sunlight to your advantage. During the winter months, most natural gas use is for home heating. Take advantage of Colorado’s sunlight by opening your curtains during the day to allow the sun to naturally heat your home. Plus, using natural lighting effectively will reduce the need to use artificial light.
3. Choose energy-saving lighting. About 14 percent of a Colorado home’s electric use goes to lighting costs. Switch to ENERGY STAR LEDs to significantly reduce these costs and wasted energy. When shopping for LEDs, look for our logo on store shelves for extra savings.
4. Reduce energy for water heating. In Colorado Springs, about 30 percent of a home’s natural gas use is for water heating. Make sure your water heater is set to no higher than 120 degrees and install efficient showerheads. If your water heater is more than five years old, wrap it in a water heater jacket to stop heat loss from the tank. Or consider installing a new water heater as they have more insulation and we offer a $50 rebate on qualifying models.
5. Keep your home leak free. Leaks can account for, on average, 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year. That’s enough to fill a backyard swimming pool and cost you money. Common types of leaks include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets and other leaking valves. In most cases, fixture replacement parts and repairs don't require a major investment and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers using online tools for direction.
Not sure where to begin? We offer a free online home energy audit that can help you identify areas in your home where you may be wasting valuable energy. We also have a variety of water efficiency resources available here.
With a host of efficiency rebates and low-cost tips to save, we can help you succeed in that new resolution.