Energy bills are rising every year due to heavy increases in crude oil prices. Before they shoot out of your budget, you need to make some changes in your energy consumption habits.
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Unplug all Devices not in use
Gadgets like cell phones, digital cameras, PDAs, and many cordless tools have become an important part of our daily lives. All these gadgets are charged using electrical chargers. Leaving such chargers in wall sockets when not in use, consume energy and generate heat.
Unplugging chargers can save $10 every month on your utility bills.
Stop using Standby
Many people have a habit of leaving their televisions, home theater equipment and stereos on standby when not using them. Putting electrical appliances on standby can account for 5% -10% of electricity consumption and is equivalent to a 75 or 100-watt bulb running continuously. You can use power strips to plug-in such heavy appliances so they can be easily turned off when not in operation.
Heating Hot Water
To get comfortable hot water, set your thermostat to 120°F. Also, to prevent hot water from cooling, insulate the walls of your hot-water storage tank and the first six feet of hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
Ensure that you do not have leaking faucets around the house. Leaking faucets cause more wastage of water and make the hot water heater work harder.
Limit use of the Heating and Cooling Equipment
Air conditioners and heaters are now found in almost every home. These heavy appliances use huge amounts of energy to work. If you are using the air conditioner, then turn it down a few degrees and use fans instead. In the daytime, close all drapes to prevent the heat from coming in.
In case you are using heaters during winter, save the energy bill by keeping the curtains open and letting the sunlight in your house. This is a very cost-effective way of keeping your house warm.
Clean Filters Regularly
Your air conditioner or heating unit has a filter inside which pulls air into the machine. Over time, the filter gets dirty due to the dust in the air. This reduces the efficiency of the machine which uses more energy to work, hence increasing energy consumption. Clean the filters of your heating/cooling unit every month to save up on energy costs.
Insulate your House
It is advisable to insulate your house in all the essential places such as the corners of windows, under the doors, crevices in the walls and ceilings. Use weather-stripping and fiberglass for insulation purposes. They are cheap and keep air inside which you are paying to heat or cool.
These are some ways that will reduce your energy bill costs and reduce excessive energy consumption around your house.