Whether you’ve read it in the news or felt it in your pocketbook, the rising cost of utility prices is no secret to most New Yorkers.
Your Brooklyn heating and Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning suggest that you resolve to make your home more energy efficient in 2023. This will also help you shave off some of the high cost of utilities.
Con Edison forecasted last year that the average New Yorker would pay 32% more for gas (about $460 each month) from November 2022 to March 2023. Electricity costs are also higher and there’s no end in sight. Read on to learn how to reduce your energy consumption or reach out to us for any questions you may have!
How to Reduce Energy Consumption & Save Money
Here are our suggestions to help beat back some of these increases:
- Switch to energy-efficient appliances. Homeowners should look to ENERGY STAR-rated appliances that use less energy to operate. If your appliances are nearing the end of their lifespan, make sure to research the most energy-efficient replacements before deciding on a new appliance.
- Adjust the thermostat. One of the easiest ways to save money is to keep your thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter.
- Purchase smart or programmable thermostats. A gadget as small as a thermostat can help you save money because you can set and forget. Programmable thermostats can be set to adjust the temperature higher or lower when you are asleep or are not at home for long periods of time. Smart thermostats learn your family’s habits and adjust automatically to fit your needs.
- Install low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets. Water is a precious and limited resource. By using low-flow products, you can limit your water use automatically. Most homeowners can install standard showerheads but you may need an expert for faucets and toilets.
- Use black-out curtains. During the heat of summer, shutting off the sun’s rays through your windows is a great option for keeping the heat down. You can still open them in the morning and evening to ensure your home gets nourishing light, but you can close them during the heat of the afternoon.
- Switch to energy-efficient lightbulbs. If you’re using incandescent or halogen bulbs, your energy costs are just seeping through the ether. Try switching to LED bulbs. These not only last longer, but they also use far less energy.
- Conduct an energy audit. You can either purchase a kit to help you assess your energy use or you can even contact Con-Ed to discuss solutions to improve, upgrade or replace your home’s energy infrastructure.
Brooklyn’s Green Plumber
At Petri, we hold our stewardship of the Earth close to our hearts. We’re already Brooklyn’s Green Plumber and are committed to ongoing education and using up-to-date technology to protect our most precious resources.
If we can help you make your home more energy efficient to reduce your bills and your carbon footprint, give us a call to discuss your options. Let’s make 2023 the year of energy efficiency!