National Cut Your Energy Costs Day encourages people to reduce your energy and save money! Here are some easy things you can do without sacrificing much.
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Energy Star Appliances
Today was formed to bring awareness to save on energy costs, be more eco-friendly, and be smart about your surroundings. Big appliances like refrigerators, washers, and dryers consume a lot of energy, so the next time you replace one of these appliances, upgrade to an energy-efficient model with an “ENERGY STAR” certified appliances. These units are designed to use much less energy than their older counterparts. Keep these appliances clean and well maintained to ensure optimal performance and efficiency.
Washer & Dryer
According to Energy Star, 90% of the energy your washing machine uses comes from heating the water! Next time you put a load in the washer, think about using cold water. Gone are the days where hot water cleans “better”. Modern detergents are made to work in cold water. If you are drying your clothes in a dryer, separate the small and big loads. Filling up the dryer will cause it to work longer and waste more energy.
Keep costs low by plugging electronics into a power strip and turning it off when they’re not in use. Regarding light bulbs, its widely known and proven to replace incandescent bulbs with CFL or LED lights are an affordable way to save on electricity. Not only do they last longer, but they also require less energy to run.
In the long run, all these small changes will become one big proud change you accomplished. A lot of us don’t realize that wasting water is another big source of energy consumption. In reality, the energy used to pump the water from your local water utility into your home is a big source of energy use. Leaky faucets and toilets should be fixed to help you conserve water.
More Simple Tricks
- Find all the electronics you use and put them on a smart timer.
- Double-check your thermostat schedule to make sure it’s running as needed.
- Make sure all vents in your house are open. This important to properly heat the home!
- Change air filters monthly (or as needed) to optimize airflow
- Do Your Laundry after 8:00 PM (some power companies offer discounted rates during non-peak hours)
- Eliminate heat drying in the dishwasher. Use a rinse aid product to prevent the water from sticking.
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*Contents of this article were written by guest author Joel Barcenca.