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How to Save Money on Energy Costs in Your Home
Many communities in Arizona and around the US are seeing their energy costs increase; sometimes dramatically.
Whether you are energy conscious or just trying to save money, there are many steps you can take to lower your Cornville home bills while helping the environment at the same time.
Below are several energy-saving measures to help you save money either in your current house or future residence.
Heating and cooling
Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature uses more energy than anything else.
To save energy, install a programmable thermostat to adjust the inside temperature when you are not there for long periods of time.
Seal windows and doors to prevent air leaks, and close doors and air vents to rooms that are not often used.
Changing filters in your heating system monthly can also help it run more efficiently, with the added bonus of increasing the air quality in your home.
Heating water is usually the second highest energy expense. To cut costs, set the hot water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Wrap older hot water heaters with an insulation jacket and insulate the piping leaving the water heater to prevent heat loss.
Invest in appliances with the ENERGY STAR® rating. These appliances use less energy to run and will save money.
Cleaning the coils on the back of your refrigerator will help it run more efficiently.
Washing full loads of clothes on cooler settings and keeping your dryer vent clean will also save on energy costs.
Besides turning lights out when leaving a room, use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). These bulbs use less energy and can last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Improperly insulated houses mean high energy costs. If the attic is easily accessible, check and replace insufficient insulation to keep your living space at a more comfortable temperature.
By making energy-efficient choices you can save electricity without giving up the comforts of home. Plus, with a little extra effort these simple tips might add more money to your month as well!
With the holiday season comes more than colder weather — there are the parties, the baking, the fixing of family dinners, and, in some cases, the stringing of holiday lights. It’s also a time of year when home energy use can spike, leading to a very large January electricity bill.
This year, do what you can to conserve energy through the holidays and the New Year. Try following these simple tips.
If you string lights outside of your home, try LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting. LED lights use 86% less electricity than comparable incandescent lights and have numerous safety advantages. For example, LED lights are shatterproof, present no fire hazard, and, because they emit almost no heat, are safe to the touch.
Reduce Your Home Thermostat
When you home is filled with people, or the ovens are working overtime, or both, the temperature can rise by several degrees. Rather than opening a window or leaving a door ajar, consider lowering your home’s thermostat, or turning off the heat altogether. Each degree “colder” that you set you set your thermostat decreases your home’s energy usage up to 3 percent.
Plan Your Meal
Holiday meals are often prepared in advance of dinner and then reheated or warmed to be ready for company. This leads to running the oven, microwave or stove-top multiple times for each served dish. When possible, prepare foods at the same time and warm in the oven at the same time. In running your appliances less, you will save on energy costs.
Use Your Dishwasher At Capacity
Some dishes require hand-washing. For everything else, use a dishwasher. Dishwashers use less water than is required to wash and rinse plates, utensils and pots and pans by hand. They can also use up to 50% less energy than is required to heat the water you’ll need to wash your dishes manually.
The holiday season can be full of excesses. Don’t let your energy bill be one of them.