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Three tips for saving money as the weather changes

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As the weather cools down, your thermostat slowly begins to creep up. Your home may start to feel a bit drafty and your hot showers get a bit longer. There is hope — here are three ways to combat higher energy bills.

Time your heat.

It’s tempting to crank that heat every time you feel a chill. But what happens when you forget to un-crank it? You get stuck in an incredibly warm home and high heating bills. A programmable thermostat allows you to “set it and forget it” and plan ahead to reap the benefits in your wallet.

Find drafts.

You might be surprised how much warm air escapes your home. Luckily, you can save as much as 10 percent on your total energy bills each year by properly sealing and insulating your home.

Here’s where to look:

  • Window seals
  • Door seals
  • Attic openings
  • Furnace flues or ducts
  • Plumbing vents
  • Recessed lights
  • Wiring holes (cable TV, electrical outlets, phone lines)

Typically a visual inspection will be enough to find an air leak. As an extra step, light a candle and hold it near the area. Does it flicker? This could be a sign of an energy-draining draft. Locating a few leaks can save you big this fall and winter.

If you’d like a more thorough review of your home, you can contact Washington Energy Services for a home energy audit — a complete inspection and report of where and how your home is losing energy and efficiency.

Think tankless.

Who doesn’t love a hot shower on a cold fall or winter morning? Unfortunately, if you’re not the first person to the bathroom, you could be in for a shower as cold as the weather outside. A tankless water heater solves this issue and can prevent costly energy bills. Tankless water heaters from Washington Energy Services are 82 – 94% energy efficient and EnergyStar qualified.

Just because the season is changing, doesn’t mean your bills need to increase. So remember to schedule your thermostat, repair drafts, and consider going tankless. But most importantly remember to savor the season with friends and family.

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Is your water heater failing?

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Your water heater may be the unsung, tireless workhorse of your home, but it’s not immortal. Here are a few signs that your water heater is about to fail… and that cold times may be ahead.

Your water heater is over ten years old.

The age of your water heater matters. It is the catalyst in several water heater failures and mishaps. In fact, the issues you’ll read about later in this article can all be caused by age alone. Depending on maintenance, the standard water heater can last eight to twelve years. If yours is pushing ten years old, keep a wary eye on it and consider having preventative maintenance done before disaster strikes.

You see rusty water.

Rusty water is one of the most noticeable signs of water heater damage and a top indicator that it’s time for a water heater replacement. This is especially true if your water heater is more than ten years old. If you notice discolored hot water coming from a newer unit, call Washington Energy Services and we’ll send a water heater specialist to inspect it. It’s also possible that your rusty water is a product of galvanized pipes or a disturbance in the public water supply. Either way, don’t wait to get this question answered.

The water tank is leaking.

Water around the base of the water tank is a telltale sign that something isn’t right. Even if the fracture is small, the consistent heating and cooling of the water causes the metal to expand and contract. Even if it only leaks some of the time, a new water heater is probably in order. After all, it only takes minutes to flood a home.

You hear a rumbling noise.

What’s that sound? It’s your water heater’s cries for help (or replacement). This problem is typically found with older water heaters, as sediment begins to build up on the bottom. This sediment hardens with time and the frequent temperature changes can cause it to emit rumbling or banging sounds.

A failing water heater doesn’t just mean cold showers and possible flooding. It can also wreak havoc on your energy bills. New water heaters are designed to provide higher performance with less energy usage. Luckily, Washington Energy Services has a huge selection of energy efficient tank and tankless water heaters to fit your needs and budget.

Keep an eye out for these water heater failure signs to avoid flooding, optimize your home’s efficiency, and enjoy hot showers all winter long.

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