One of the biggest energy and money drains in your house is your bathroom. So let’s discuss how you can reduce the energy use and put some savings in your pocket.
*Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights, which use only a third as much electricity and last ten times longer than a regular bulb. Replacing just five bulbs can save you up to $27 each year
*Lower your hot water heater to 120 and drain any sediment. Almost 10% of a normal energy bill is due to heating the water used by the shower and faucets.
*Add an insulation jacket to hot water heater and pipes. This can reduce the cost of heating water up to 15%.
*Install faucet aerators or low-flow faucets and shower heads. These use less hot water and, therefore, save money and energy.
*Buy Energy Star items, such as water heaters and ventilation fans. Through energy rebates or tax credits, you may be able to save even more money.
* Install a quick-delivery pump/control unit under the bathroom sink or install a mini-water heater in each bathroom. Many of these units include everything you need for an easy do-it-yourself installation. These tiny pumps consume only about $2 of electricity over a years time and have a lot of energy savings potential, especially with faucets that are located far from the main water heater.
*Unplug the hair dryer, electric shaver and other electronic grooming items to save on stand-by energy costs and help ensure safety in the bathroom.
Implementing these easy to do tips could save you some money and quite a bit of energy.