In many areas of the country, energy and water costs are on the rise, taking a bigger chunk out of our wallets every month. But, there is hope. With a few home improvements, you may be able to save money on your utility bills.

WATER

Whether you live in an area that's facing another year of drought, or you just want to save money on your water bill, these tips can help you be efficient with your water.


  • GO LOW FLOW.

Shower-heads and faucets account for more than 32% of household water use combined. Low flow faucets and shower-heads can reduce your water consumption as much as 50% and may save up to $145/year on your bill.

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  • FIX LEAKS.

Leaks comprise 13.7% of household water use. Leaky faucets and pipes increase your water bill and may require expensive repairs if they are ignored. Every six months, inspect your faucets and pipes for wear and tear. If you notice a leak, fix it right away.

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  • GO TANKLESS.

If it's time to upgrade your water heater, consider going tankless. A tankless water heater may help you save up to 20% on your water bill. An added bonus: You'll never run out of hot water again!

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ENERGY

Heating and cooling comprises more than half of the energy used in the average home. Regulate your home's temperature to save energy, improve comfort and reduce your heating and cooling costs.


  • RETHINK YOUR INSULATION

Good insulation not only helps regulate the temperature of your home, it an also reduce your heating and cooling cots by as much as 20%.

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  • MANAGE THE TEMPERATURE AUTOMATICALLY

Wouldn't you love to come home to the perfect temperature? A programmable thermostat not only improves your comfort from the second you step foot in your home, it also helps you save energy and money - up to $150 a year.

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  • SEAL UP THE DRAFTS

Have you ever wondered why your home won't stay warm in the winter or cool in the summer? Check your windows- drafty windows cause 30 - 40% of heating and cooling losses. Apply weather stripping to your windows to patch up leaks and save money.

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