When you see the breakdown of energy usage in the average home, major appliances use approximately 13% of the energy. The millions of homes in the United States collectively use nearly 23% of the country’s energy, and a large amount of this energy is wasted through inefficient heating and cooling systems, old appliances, and leaky windows and ducts. Other than lowering your monthly utility bills, beginning to be energy-conscience can help the environment (and save you some extra cash!). If you are interested in saving up to 25% on your utility bills, check out these tips to preserve energy.
The appliance that uses the most energy with heating and cooling equipment is the hot water heater, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Translated, this means that all of the appliances, such as the dishwasher, that require hot water add up and cost you. If you install a programmable thermostat, you can lower your bills and easily manage your heating and cooling systems.
Another appliance that uses a large amount of energy is your clothes dryer. If you want to avoid air drying all clothing, try to hang only your dress clothing and lighter fabrics to dry. Regarding the heavier fabrics, avoid over-drying (which causes static and wrinkling anyway!), and try to wash and dry several loads at a time to avoid your dryer re-heating for every single load. Also, be sure to clean out that dryer lint filter before each load! Not only will this keep your dryer running efficiently, but it will lower the chance of a dryer-lint fire.
Finally, the refrigerator. If you have an extra refrigerator in your garage to hold things like water bottles and extra energy drinks, pull the plug! It is a waste of energy to have an extra fridge cooling non-perishables. Regarding your daily kitchen fridge, set the temperature between 30 and 42°F, and use the power-save switch often if you have one. Make sure to dust or vacuum the coils behind the refrigerator to keep the bills down. Along with this maintenance, be sure to repair your refrigerator door seals if you feel cold air or moisture around the closed door.
If you test out these simple energy-saving tactics, you could save hundreds of dollars on your utility bills while also doing our environment a favor. Double whammy!
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Written by: Madison Jezioro