3 Things That Use More Energy Than You Think
Many homeowners in Dawn, Texas, already know one or two energy-savings tricks, such as bumping the thermostat down a few degrees in the winter and up a few in the summer. However, because your home is full of things that use electricity, there are several other money-saving measures you can take. Start by addressing these three things that use more energy than you think.
You probably already know that your HVAC system accounts for the largest chunk of your monthly electric bill — but what about your water heater? As it turns out, hot water could be costing you about $30 per month. That estimate assumes your water heater is in a warm place; an uninsulated water heater in a cold basement will cost you even more. On the bright side, saving money is as simple as adding insulation and lowering the temperature to 120 degrees.
Most people don’t bother to fully power down their computers between uses. Instead, they let their devices slip into standby mode, which means they continue to draw electricity. Because most of that power goes toward maintaining your computer’s internet connection, one easy way to save energy is to put your laptops, tablets, and other devices in airplane mode when you aren’t using them.
Of course, your computer isn’t the only culprit. Anything you leave plugged in could be doing the same thing. Walk through your home, and look for electronics and appliances with a little red light that stays on even when they’re turned off. Everything from your TV to your coffee maker continues to use electricity as long as it’s plugged in, even when not in use. Go ahead and unplug things you only use once a day.
Unplugging devices can be a painless way to lower your electric bill, but the biggest energy hog in your home is still your HVAC system. To maximize your savings, schedule a home energy assessment and let our experts at Grizzle Heating & Air find ways to make your HVAC system more efficient. Give us a call at 806-553-4690.
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