Saving money can seem difficult, but it's incredibly important. When you're trying to cut back on spending, it's easy to blame big ticket items like rent, gas or your scented candle collection as the main reason for your drained savings account. However, your plumbing and heating system could be the cause of your leaking pockets! There are many ways to optimize your plumbing and heating system to save money. In this article, we'll discuss the various ways that you can cut back.
Replace Old Pipes And Appliances
If you've moved into an older home or apartment, chances are, you should have a plumbing and heating assessment. Older appliances are often outdated. They use more energy, need repairs more frequently. As a result, they can end up costing quite a bit of money. An older system could have leaks in the pipes that you may not notice. If you don't want to replace your old appliances altogether, you can also look into maintenance. Older appliances often require more frequent maintenance routines, however, if they are still functioning efficiently, a simple maintenance routine may be all you need to keep your appliances running at the most optimal rate.
Turn Off The Heat Or Air Conditioning
In Vancouver, you do need a heating system during the winter months, but when summer rolls around, there is no need for the heat to be blasting. If you don't want to turn your heat off completely, try simple things like wearing an extra sweater, or turning down the heat when you leave the house. You'll be surprised by how much you end up saving. Wasting energy at home with air conditioning and heating can not only harm your wallet, it also harms the environment. Here's how to keep your home cold without the air conditioning.
Insulate Your Windows
Most modern homes and apartments have double paned and insulated windows. However, those who don't end up spending much more money on heating and air conditioning. Why is this? It's simply because warm and cold air can escape through your windows when they're not insulated properly.
In the winter, cool air can creep in much faster, homeowners turn up the heat and end up spending much more on heating, rather than considering insulation. The same thing can happen during the summer months. If you're trying to keep the inside of your house cool, proper insulation keeps the cold air in, and the warm air out.
Switch To Energy Efficient Appliances
People are often skeptical about energy-efficient appliances. This is because they often cost more, to begin with. They certainly can end up paying for themselves over time, however. It's important to consider the age of your current appliances. If you have recently moved into a new home, or you have never had your appliances check, contact your HVAC specialist to assess their functionality. You can also ask about upgrading to energy efficient appliances for a professional opinion. Likewise, investing in little things like switching to a tankless water heater can save you money. Learn more on our related blog post.
Talk With Your Plumbing And Heating Specialist
At Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating, we have over 50 years of experience providing top quality service throughout the Lower-Mainland. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer emergency plumbing and heating services. Give us a call, we are happy to help with all of your plumbing and heating needs.