5 Easy Ways To Reduce Your Home’s Energy Consumption
Have you noticed your energy bills have skyrocketed? There’s no need to worry. We’ve got a few tips to help you reduce your home’s energy consumption. It’s easier than you think!
How to lower your energy consumption
Get rid of outdated appliances
Older appliances, especially refrigerators, HVAC systems, and dryers use way more energy than newer versions. You can often find tax incentives and electric company discounts and rebates for replacing them with more energy efficient models.
Unplug items not in use
Even something as small as your phone charger is using electricity when it’s plugged in. The best course of action is to plug items that aren’t regularly used into a power strip that can be turned on and off as needed.
Lower the temperature on your water heater
Lowering the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit can significantly reduce your energy bill as your water heater is the 3rd largest energy user in your home. Keeping your showers short and opting for showers over baths can also help to cut costs.
Wash laundry in cold water rather than hot
A majority of the energy used to wash your clothes goes into heating the water. Unless your clothing is heavily soiled, cold water will work just fine to clean them. It will even help to extend the life of your clothing as colder water isn’t as harsh on the fibers!
Invest in a programmable thermostat
Programmable thermostats are great to help save you money throughout the year, not just during the summer. Based on the model you choose, you may end up saying 10-23% off your annual energy bill.
Not sure why your energy bills are increasing? Contact A-Abel for a home electrical audit to find an answer.