Get Rid Of Energy Hogs Before The Temperatures Dip
The holidays are fast approaching. And while that brings lots of parties and entertaining, it also brings in the highest energy bills of the year.
It’s darker earlier in the day in December and January; you’re going to use more electricity simply by lighting your home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t save elsewhere, and avoid having energy hogs creep up your costs.
To keep your utility bills as low as possible, you can remember a few simple rules.
Only use your dishwasher when it’s full. To run it every evening “just because” wastes both energy and water.
Apply the same rules to your laundry. Wash clothes in cold water, only turning on the machine when you have a full load. You should also use the low heat setting on your dryer for most loads.
Instead of keeping your appliances until the end of their useful lives, watch carefully consumption versus investing in something new. Today’s appliances are more energy efficient than ever before. While upfront fees have to be considered, the savings can quickly add up. Plus you’ll be gaining in technology too, which can help your home function better and smarter.
Are your major appliances connected to their own dedicated circuit? It can prevent circuit overload, blown fuses, or tripped circuits.
You should also be aware of how many appliances are plugged into your electrical system on a continual basis. Television rooms and movie theaters often have multiple circuits and numerous outlets in use on a continual basis. Home offices often leave computers, phones, tablets and more plugged in all hours of the day. All of it takes energy. Unplugging each cord when not in use can add up over time.
Electricity is one of those items we rarely think about how we use. When it becomes visible in the form of higher utility bills, that’s when we start to think twice. If you’re looking for ways to save, you might want to start with an energy audit. We can show you where your biggest problems lie, and where easy changes can lead to significant savings.