Home investment projects for reducing energy usage and reducing electricity bills
Looking to save some money on your home energy bills? Below we outline a few home improvement projects that can help you do just that.
Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances
On average, appliances account for an estimated 13% of your household’s energy cost. One great way to increase your energy efficiency— and reduce energy costs—is to upgrade your inefficient appliances. A few of the top energy-hogs include:
- Heating systems
- Air conditioning
- Water heaters
- Washing machines
The good news is that many appliances have made a lot of energy-saving leaps over the years, with each improvement becoming more efficient than the last.
In particular, there have been some very significant advances in water heater design over the years. With water heaters consuming up to 14-25% of all appliance energy consumed in your home, upgrading to even a newer gas storage water heater (the kind you most likely have now) could help you save upwards of 30% on its energy use per year. Converting to a tankless or gas condensing water heater could potentially save up to $100 a year.
Refrigerators are another appliance that has seen large increases in efficiency since 2000. The standard refrigerator now uses 40–60% less energy than models sold before 2000. Furthermore, refrigerators with the freezer on top are even more efficient than side-by-side models.
And, washing machines have come a long way in design. Switching to a front-loading washing machine can save energy and money as they typically use 50% less water and 37% less energy to help you cut electricity bills and reduce your energy use.
Window films can reduce energy use by up to 30%
Looking for another smart home energy efficiency upgrade? The answer is clear: your windows!
Why? 30% of all energy used to heat and cool homes in the U.S. escapes through the windows. However, you don’t need to completely replace your windows to start reaping the benefits from higher efficiency windows. Installing window films from Epic Solar Control can help you reduce your energy at home, as well as other benefits such as:
- reduce glare
- reject up to 78% of the heat coming through windows
- block 99.9% of harmful UV rays that fade furniture, walls, and floors
- lowers cooling and heating costs up to 30%
- help reduce hot spots
Window films such as 3M’s Thinsulate temperature control offer the benefits of a Low-E or “Low Emissivity” window, which improves the insulation value of a typical single-pane window close to that of a double-pane window.
Likewise, it increases the insulation value of a typical double pane window close to a triple pane window—and it does all of that at a fraction of the cost of having to replace the window itself.
Epic Solar Control offers many different lines of home window tinting such as Sun Control, Prestige Series, and Safety & Security window films with varying shades of tint to match your style and energy-saving goals.
Control your climate and increase your efficiency while maintaining the appearance of your home year-round. Contact Epic Solar Control about energy-saving window film today. Call us anytime at 469-577-9933.
About Epic Solar Control
Epic Solar Control is a premier 3M window tinting company providing window film solutions and installation, decorative and privacy glass, and safety and security window film for commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, architects, and energy consultants.
Epic Solar Control has built a reputation for providing exceptional quality craftsmanship and superior customer service. Have questions about window tinting or security film solutions? Give us a call anytime; we would love to help!
We’re here to help. Epic Solar Control is a 3M™ Certified Dealer Installer and we’re happy to answer any of your questions regarding window tint films, the installation process, or any other questions.