How Your Home is Wasting Energy (and How to Fix It)
We all know it’s good for the environment and our wallets to conserve energy when we can. But there might be ways your home is wasting energy that you’ve overlooked. That’s okay, Repair Clinic has the answers!
- Not Going Digital
Whether you’re heating or cooling your home, if you’re manually bumping your thermostat up and down throughout the day, you’re wasting energy and money. By installing and programming a digital thermostat, you could save up to 10% a year. The newer Wi-Fi thermostats make it even easier to program and monitor your usage.
- Letting Lint Build Up
Even if you diligently clean out your dryer’s lint filter after every load, there is other lint out there that needs cleaning. Lint can also build up in your dryer’s venting which not only leads to your dryer breaking down but can even cause a house fire if you’re not careful. The fix is easy, use either a long vacuum attachment or special cleaning brush to clear out your venting every six months. This could save you about $20 per month on your energy bill.
- Getting into Hot Water
Who doesn’t love a good hot shower? But did you know that you lose about 5% on your utility bill for every 10° you have your hot water heater up over 120°? Most water heaters come preset at 140°. It may be time to turn it down and save.
- Taking Your Fridge for Granted
While your refrigerator is something you use each and every day, how often do you think of it as a potential energy-waster? Dirty condenser coils and a damaged gasket can cost you. Cleaning your fridge’s condenser coils with a long vacuum attachment or cleaning brush can save you up to 30% on your electric bill. A damaged fridge door seal/gasket lets the cool air escape. Replacing it can improve its cooling abilities by about 25%.
However, one of the biggest energy drains on a refrigerator is purely human error. People spend about 10 hours a year staring at an open fridge. That translates to wasting 50 to 120kWh per year.
- Staying Plugged In
From everyday electronics to small appliances, leaving unused items plugged in is a huge waste of energy. An energy usage monitor is a great way to determine just how much energy an appliance or electronic item is using. Just plug the monitor into an outlet and plug in the electronic item or appliance (120-volt AC) into the monitor to see just how much energy it’s using when not in use. The numbers may surprise you and prompt you to change your habits!
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