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Everyone likes saving money on their utility bills. Affordable Service has a few tips on how you can save money on your water heating bill! And with Albuquerque and Rio Rancho’s dryer climate, these tips benefit our cities too!

Use Cold or Warm Water

It may not seem obvious, but when you stop and think about all the places in your home that you use hot water, the more you’ll start to notice where you can cut back on its usage. A good example of this is while you’re doing dishes. You’ve probably been using hot water to clean your dishes in the sink. But using cold or warm water while busting suds will suffice just fine, especially if you’ll be loading those dishes into a dishwasher. If you have a recirculating pump, adding a timer to it can help you save money on your water heating bill. A recirculating pump installed on your water heater will return any unused hot water back to the water heater. With a timer, it will allow you to set it to shut off automatically at night or while you’re at work.

Replace Old Appliances

On a similar note, washing machines and dish washers more than a decade are most likely not energy-efficient. Newer models use less water and are far more energy-efficient!

Don’t Take Baths

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to take a hot bath to relieve soreness or have some “you” time. But, making baths part of your regular bathing can use dozens, if not hundreds, of gallons of hot water! Your water heater will need to be completely refilled and that takes time and energy. The best way to save money here is to limit your bath tub time and use a water-efficient, low-flow shower head. Also, there isn’t a law stating that you can’t bring your rubber ducky into the shower!

Upgrade your Water Heater

Older water heater systems lose their heating elements over time, plain and simple. Older units tend to not retain heat as well as they once did. Newer models tend to be more energy efficient. This may seem like a large expense instead of a tip to save money on your water heating bill but making the investment could save you money in the long run. If this is the route you decide, you could also consider a tankless water heater system. Tankless water heaters produce an infinite supply of hot water and only use energy when hot water is needed. So, you’ll use less energy and save yourself some money on your water heating bill

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Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling services Rio Rancho, Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. Call us today and we can help you with servicing your existing water heater or replacing it. We can help you save money on your water heating bill. Visit our website to schedule a free estimate today!

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How to Take Advantage Of Energy Rebates

As Spring and Summer approach Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, you may realize that the air conditioning in your house is either in need of replacement or repair. Your initial thoughts may be “Great, another expense I can’t afford”. But, did you know that the utility companies offer huge rebates for installing energy efficient equipment? Surprisingly, a lot of people are unaware that these rebates exist, and some may even think that it seems counterintuitive. Affordable Service helps break down how to take advantage of these rebates and why they’re offered in the first place.

In Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, renewable energy is a high priority. Utilities and government agencies have reserved tax dollars for reducing energy usage. There are two reasons for this; one is limited energy is high in demand and the other reason is capital. It is more cost-efficient to offer incentives on energy-saving products than it is having to build newer and larger energy-producing facilities.

Again, we understand that the cost of an unexpected repair or an older, inefficient energy unit needing to be replaced can be a cause for stress. But, when you consider the rebates available to you and add in the potential year over year savings, you can save money on a new HVAC system! PNM offers rebates on swamp coolers (large or window mounted), large refrigerated air conditioning units, heat pumps, and smart thermostats.

PNM has a cooling rebate program that offers residents of Albuquerque and the surrounding area a reduced cost to purchase and install certain energy efficient units in their home. They’ve even made it convenient for you by being able to file your claim online. This year you can also take advantage of a rebate up to $300 for certain evaporative coolers. They also have air conditioner and heat pump rebates. The installation of your new cooler must be done by a PNM certified installer, such as Affordable Service! Call us today at 891-8907. We service Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

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