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If you’re getting gouged by energy prices every month, a few minor changes can help you beat the bill. You can’t control the rate for utilities, but you can control how much energy you spend. Plus, these energy-saving strategies are also healthy for you and will help keep your home well-maintained!
Change Your Habits
- Eat more salad and meals that don’t need to be cooked. This will save you energy and time.
- Don’t use two screens at once.Turn off the television when the computer is on and vice versa.
- Dry your laundry on a line outside. You’ll save on energy, and your clothes will smell fresher.
Find the Leaking Air
- Your fridge can’t cool the whole house, but it will try, so make sure its door is sealed tightly.
- Ductwork can develop holes and gaps, so have an HVAC technician look for them yearly.
- Windows can leak air. Reseal their caulk if it has shrunk, become brittle or chipped away.
Change the Temperature
- During the summer, set your thermostat three degrees higher, you may save thirty percent on utilities.
- Set your refrigerator to the warmest safe temperature of 40° F (4° C) and your freezer to 0° F (-18° C).
- Wash your clothing in cold-cold cycles to use less energy heating water and prevent shrinking clothes.
- Lower the temperature of your hot water heater to 130 °F (54°C). It is unsafe to go below 120(49°C).
Get More Efficient
- Install a smart thermostat that won’t run the air conditioners when you’re not home, but will have it cool for when you come back.
- Install low flow shower heads to use less hot water, which means you’ll spend less energy heating the water in the first place.
- If you waste energy by forgetting to turn your lights off, install motion sensors so your lights will automatically turn off for you.
- Install an efficient furnace to save money on heating too. Furnace technology has leaped ahead dramatically over the last ten years.
By: Irish Heating and Air