Have you opened your most recent electric bill, yet? The total bill is much more than you expected to pay, right? It is no surprise. Many Americans are frustrated with the skyrocketing cost of utilities in their communities. But you don’t have to accept it. You can significantly reduce the amount of money you spend each month on powering your home by utilizing a few tips to increase your energy efficiency without sacrificing your comfort.
1. Lowering Heating and Cooling Costs
It can cost a lot to keep your home comfortable no matter the season. But dirty or clogged air ducts can really increase your energy usage. That is why it makes sense to have a professional come to your home to clean them out at least once a year. Once your ducts are free of debris, your heating and cooling systems will no longer have to struggle to do their jobs. Don’t forget to check to make sure that all of your vents are open. A sealed vent will make your HVAC system work extra harder and run longer costing you money.
2. Adjust Setting Washer and Skip Machine Drying
It can take up to 90 percent of all the total amount of energy your washing machine uses to heat the water. Why waste the energy when you are washing only lightly soiled clothing in cold water? As a bonus, washing your clothes in cold water means your clothes are less likely to fade and will look better for longer. Several detergents are explicitly made to get the best results from cold water, so pick up a bottle the next time you are at the store. You can save even more energy by opting for air-drying your clothing.
3. Opt for No Heat Drying on Dishwasher
While loading a dishwasher and letting it take care of all the dirty work is a real game changer, it does come with higher energy usage. But you can reduce the energy consumption of your washing dishes considerably without having to go back to washing by hand. The secret is using a rinsing agent in addition to a dishwashing detergent then turning off your dishwasher when it reaches the drying part of the cycle. Let your dish drip dry and give them a quick wipe before putting them away.
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