Looking to save some money on your energy bills this winter as temperatures begin to cool down? Well look no further. Below we outline a few home improvement projects and tips that can help you do just that.
On average, it’s estimated that appliances account for 13% of your household’s energy cost. One great way to increase your energy efficiency— and reduce energy costs—this winter is to upgrade your inefficient appliances. A few of the top energy-hogs include:
The good news is that many appliances have made a lot of energy-saving leaps over the years, with each improvement becoming more efficient than the last.
In particular, there have been some very significant advances in hot water heater production over the years. With water heaters consuming up to 14-25% of all appliance energy consumed in your home, upgrading to even a newer gas storage water heater (the kind you most likely have now) could help you save upwards of 30% on its energy use per year.
Refrigerators are another appliance that have seen large increases in efficiency since 2000. In fact, the standard refrigerator now uses 40–60% less energy than models sold before then. Furthermore, refrigerators with the freezer on top are even more efficient than side-by-side models. Finally, switching to a front-loading washing machine, which uses 50% less water and 37% less energy, can help you save on both your water and electricity bills.
Looking for another smart home energy efficiency upgrade? The answer is clear: your windows! Why? 30% of all energy used to heat and cool homes in Australia escapes through the windows. However, you don’t need to completely replace your windows to start reaping the benefits from higher efficiency windows. Installing 3M™ LE70 Window Films can help you enjoy the benefits of a Low-E or "Low Emissivity" window, which improves the insulation value of a typical single pane window close to that of a double pane window. Likewise, it increases the insulation value of a typical double pane window close to a triple pane window—and it does all of that at a fraction of the cost of having to replace the window itself.