There has been a big push for energy efficient homes in recent years, for a number of reasons. It’s all part of a larger push to take care of the environment, certainly. But it can also keep your home safer, as well as save you a lot of money on your utility bills. Wasting energy in your home is bad for the environment AND costs you a lot every single month. If you check your utility statements for the past year, you may notice more wasted and upwardly-creeping energy use than you expect. How can you fight the waste?
The very best way to get energy efficient with your power is to switch to solar panels, because the energy comes from the sun and is clean, renewable, and unlimited. Another good options is to upgrade to energy efficient appliances. You may not even realize how much your appliances are consuming. Your appliances use energy in varying levels, and some even suck energy when they’re not in use. Today we’re sharing the biggest culprits so you can be aware and proactive about stopping the wasted energy in your home.
- Air Conditioning: If you have central A/C, then that’s the biggest use of your energy by a factor of three! Running it all day long or making it swing between wide temperatures will cost you more money than leaving it at a reasonable, median temperature.
- Water Heater: Much like your A/C, the water heater will expend lots of energy if you have it set to a high temperature and drain it frequently.
- Washer & Dryer: If you haven’t upgraded to an energy efficient version of your washer & dryer then you’re wasting quite a bit of energy. Even energy efficient models are using quite a bit of energy, so be sure to use them with full loads, clean out your filter, and clean regularly.
- Space Heater: Space heaters cost much less to operate than your entire A/C system, so if you just need a few degrees in a small space they are much more efficient. Just remember to turn them off and unplug them when not in use or they can still suck energy.
- Refrigerator: Your fridge is actually wasting much less energy to operate than most of your appliances, but it’s also one of the only appliances in your home which is running 24/7. Upgrading your fridge to an energy efficient version will definitely pay off, and you might consider setting a more moderate temperature.
When you’re ready for maximum utility savings, call Solar Power Utah to see what solar can do for your home.