With summer approaching quickly, it’s time to start thinking of ways to save energy during this season. During summer, you will most likely see an increase in your electrical, plumbing and AC usage. If you don’t want to see a massive spike in your energy bill, try out Freedom Air and Heat’s easy and effective ways to save energy this summer!
1. Check for Water Leaks
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average household’s leaks can make up for about 10,000 gallons of water lost per year. It’s important to check for water leaks consistently throughout the year, but especially during summer when your water usage is already high. Be sure to look for leaks in your toilet tank (it is commonly caused by a deteriorated flapper that needs to be replaced) or in your dishwasher, faucet or showerhead. Leaks are most commonly found in these places and are usually easy to fix.
2. Change to LEDs
If you have any incandescent bulbs in your home, take the time out to change them to LEDs! LED bulbs last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use at least 75% less energy. They also don’t radiate heat, which means they are safer to use than standard incandescent bulbs.
3. Try Out this Thermostat Technique
The Department of Energy says that you can save up to 10% on your energy bill by increasing your thermostat setting by 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day. Try this out and see if your energy bill decreases over time! This will be easiest using a programmable thermostat because of it scheduling feature.
4. Get Rid of Energy Vampires
“Energy vampire” is a term used to refer to any electronics that continue to use electricity when they are plugged in, even when they are not being used. Examples of these vampires are coffee machines, TVs and laptop chargers. According to the DOE, energy vampires can increase your utility bill by 10% over time, so make sure you unplug them when they are not being used!
5. Seal Up Your Home
Air leaks in your home can lead to energy loss, worse indoor air quality and an AC that must work overtime to provide cooling. Be sure to check your windows and doors for proper weatherstripping. If the sealant is wearing off, you can easily purchase more from your nearest home improvement store!
6. Lessen Water Heating
According to the DOE, water heating takes up 18% of the energy consumption in your home. By turning your water heater to the warm setting (which is usually 120 degrees), you will be heating your water more energy-efficiently.
Want More Ways to Save Energy This Summer? Contact the Pros at Freedom Air and Heat!
If you want to learn how you can save energy this summer, get in touch with the pros at Freedom Air and Heat! Call us today at 321-631-6886 or schedule a service with us online!