Posted on: 1 December 2016
As a homeowner, you may be looking for ways to make your home energy-efficient. Not only is it better for the environment, but it makes your home's value increase for when it finally comes time to sell it. For those looking to upgrade their home's plumbing, but are also looking to save money, here are some tips for doing so.
Buy Used Fixtures
A big expense when doing a plumbing upgrade are the fixtures used in your bathrooms and your kitchen. With there being new fixtures out there that will be able to conserve water, you may not be able to afford to buy them at the retail price at your local home improvement store. You can save money by purchasing used fixtures that have all of the same water saving benefits as a new one. You may not be able to get the fixtures in the exact style that you want, but you'll be saving money by not paying the full retail price.
Look Into Tax Credits and Rebates
When making any improvements to your home that are energy-efficient, know that there may be a tax credit or rebate out there that can apply to what you are purchasing. You will be surprised to find out that your local gas company may offer you a rebate on an energy-efficient water heater that consumes less gas than other models. The government may also be offering tax credits for making similar home improvements that cut back on energy use. Use these incentives to purchase energy-efficient items that you want in your home.
Select Solar Power Appliances
One investment that will save you money over the years is a water heater powered by the sun. Solar powered hot water heaters may cost more up front, but you'll be saving money by not using as much gas or electricity to run the appliance. When compared to a 50-gallon electric powered hot water heater, it could save you as much as $781 a year in energy costs.
Insulate Your Hot Water Pipes
Once the water leaves your hot water heater, it loses its heat by sitting in your pipes waiting to be used. You can purchase some foam insulation to wrap around the pipes, which can save you $8-12 per year. If you do this job on your own instead of paying somebody to do it for you, you can easily make up the cost of materials in the money you will save.
For all other tasks that you can't do on your own, contact a local plumber to help do them for you.Share