The two best things that you can do this week to save money and get a great return immediately are to install a Low Flow Shower Head and a Programmable Thermostat. You can save up to $600 a year)
If you are a family of 4 and you all shower for 10 minutes a day – this little $10 item will save you $250 in 12 months. Of course if you have daughters – you may save more. $250 is quarter of a tank of oil.
Even a modest 10-minute shower can use up to 190 litres (42 gallons) of hot water with a conventional showerhead. A low-flow showerhead can reduce this by half or even more, without sacrificing the “feel” of the shower. There are a wide variety of low-flow showerheads available, including hand-held and designer models.
They work by restricting the flow and forcing the water through very small apertures, these showerheads aerate and increase the velocity of the water, creating a very fine but “wet” feeling spray pattern. While a conventional showerhead uses 15 -19 litres (3-4 gallons) or more per minute, the low-flow type uses approximately 8 – 9 litres (about 2) gallons per minute, with some models using even less. Many are equipped with a push-button shutoff valve which allows the user to interrupt the flow of water while soaping up, saving even more.
Replacing a conventional showerhead with a low-flow model is usually a very quick and simple job. With a variety of adapters readily available, they can be fitted to most standard shower arms, including the swivel type.
Based on PEI’s averages, you can save about $350 a year with the use of a programmable Thermostat like this.
Simple Steps to Energy Savings with Programmable Thermostats (Source EnergyStar)
Achieve significant energy and money savings that are possible through the proper use of your programmable thermostat. Learn how to:
Choose the right programmable thermostat — There are three types of programmable thermostats designed to best fit your daily schedule. Learn more about the energy saving features that each model offers.
Have your thermostat properly installed — Here’s what you need to know about proper and safe installation of your programmable thermostat, as well as when you should call a certified HVAC contractor to handle the installation for you.
Properly set and use your thermostat — Follow these guidelines to achieve savings.
Save with your manual thermostat — If you choose to keep your manual thermostat, here are recommendations to help you save, too.