If your household energy bills are too high, finding ways to curb your consumption is a smart strategy to bring them under control. A good way to start is by learning how different household appliances and equipment used on a daily basis can impact your overall consumption and how to reduce the amount of energy they use.
HVAC System Components
Heating and cooling typically represents almost half of the total yearly home energy usage, so maximizing equipment efficiency is essential if you want to lower your bills. To do so, have a pro assess the system for correct sizing, and schedule semi-annual professional inspections, tuneups and cleanings. You should also have the accessible ductwork sealed and insulated, and be sure to replace the air filter frequently. When you’re replacing the equipment, choose Energy Star-rated models with the highest-possible efficiency rating.
In the average home, water heating can account for as much as 18 percent of the annual energy consumption. To lower this amount, you can trim hot water use by choosing the cold water cycle for laundry, taking shorter showers and using the dishwasher rather than hand washing dishes. Also, turn down your water heater’s thermostat setting to 120 degrees and install an insulated blanket if you have an older unit.
Electronics and Small Appliances
The various small appliances and electronics in a home can represent between 11 and 18 percent of the total yearly energy usage. These items are often voracious energy vampires, so always unplug them or put them on power bars and shut them off after each use.
Keeping food cold can devour five to nine percent of the total energy used in a home. To limit this consumption, get rid of a second fridge if you have one. If your current refrigerator was manufactured before 2001, you can cut the related yearly energy usage in half if you replace it. You’ll realize the greatest savings by upgrading to an efficient new Energy Star-certified model.
For more advice about lowering the energy bills in your San Antonio-area home, contact us today at Beyer Boys.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).