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INVEST IN EFFICIENCY: How long before your investment pays off?

0618
 2015

The benefits of some home efficiency investments aren’t seen as quickly as others. Here’s how a few upgrades compare over time. 

INSTANT BENEFIT 

Set water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit 
No cost; save $73/year 

Open window blinds in winter; close them in summer 
No cost; save $35/year 

Adjust thermostat 10 degrees down in winter, 10 degrees up in summer 
No cost; save $82/year 
 

1- TO 5-YEAR PAYBACK

Energy Star clothes washer
Costs $194 extra; save $140/year 

Energy Star Refrigerator 
Costs $97 extra; save $100/year 

Wrap/insulate hot water tank 
Costs $35; save $23/year 
 

LONG-TERM INVESTMENT

Upgrade to Energy Star Heat Pump (From 10 to 15 SEER) 
Costs $5,700; save $408/year 
 

Source: Texas Co-op Power
 

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