If you make saving energy dollars a priority, countless opportunities await for the savings to roll in. You simply need to know a few no- or low-cost methods guaranteed to make a difference. Here’s how you can start saving energy dollars in your home today:
- Turn down the water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees. You’ll save energy without worrying about microbial growth in the tank. Plus, you decrease the odds of scalding at the tap.
- Insulate the water heater to reduce standby heat loss.
- Use energy-saving settings on home appliances. Refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers, air conditioners, furnaces, TVs and more often have settings for more efficient operation that you can use with the touch of a button.
- Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescent bulbs. These efficient alternatives use 75 percent less energy.
- Visit the attic and assess the insulation there. If there isn’t a thick, even blanket across the entire floor, consider adding insulation.
- Change the HVAC air filter to promote good airflow and help keep energy bills down.
- Install low-flow shower heads and faucets to reduce the amount of water you consume when showering and washing your hands.
- Seal air leaks in the home by adding caulk around windows and doors, plumbing penetrations, chimney gaps and recessed light fixtures. Then, replace worn weatherstripping around operable window and door joints.
- Install a programmable thermostat and use the settings properly to set the temperature back while you’re away or sleeping. You could save about 10 percent on heating and cooling bills with this tactic.
- Unplug devices when not in use, including computers, monitors, battery chargers, printers, game consoles, TVs and anything else with a power adaptor. These seep energy from the wall, even when put in standby mode.
- Run appliances wisely. For example, only run the dishwasher and washing machine with full batches. In the summer, only run them in the morning or at night to ease the strain on your air conditioner.
For more tips on saving energy dollars, contact Victory · Heating · Air Conditioning · Plumbing in Bellingham today.
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