Electric bills are expensive enough without adding on the cost of energy you aren’t even using. Don’t let energy slip through the cracks. Follow these three tips and you can avoid wasting energy and paying more for your electric bill.
Don’t Leave Things Plugged In
Don’t leave things that you aren’t using plugged in, as you can be losing phantom energy. Many appliances, such as televisions, computers, microwaves, and even washing machines, have a “standby” mode, meaning they continue to use energy even when they are not being used.
The costs of this invisible energy, especially if you have a home full of appliances, can really add up—even up to 100 to 200 dollars per year. Make sure to unplug your appliances when they are not in use, in order to avoid wasting this unnecessary energy.
Make Sure Your Appliances Work
If your appliances are not running efficiently, they are probably costing you money because of wasted energy. In order to avoid this predicament, make sure your appliances are working properly, including your air conditioner. Make sure you are keeping up with recommended maintenance for your appliances.
There could be many reasons your air conditioner isn’t adequately cooling your home when it’s running. It could be suffering from power issues, a clogged filter, ice buildup, a clogged drain, low refrigerant levels, or other problems. If your HVAC system does not seem to be doing its job effectively, you should make sure it is in good condition.
Close External Windows and Doors
While your air conditioner or heater is running, make sure you close all external windows and doors in your home. If heat or cold is slipping into your home from the outdoors, your appliances will have to work overtime to keep your home at a regulated temperature.
If you want to be extra careful, lock the windows and doors, as well. Locking them will create a tighter seal and further prevent air leaks. You don’t want to let the cool or warm air you’re paying for get out through the windows and doors. You want it to stay inside and do its job efficiently.
You should not have to pay for energy you aren’t using. Make sure you aren’t wasting energy by unplugging appliances when you’re finished using them, making sure your appliances work, and closing the windows and doors in your house when your heat or air conditioner is running.
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