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5 Energy Bill Saving Tips

Everyone likes to save energy costs on their electric bills, although many people do not realize that some very small changes in your home can add up to sizeable savings and therefore more money in your pocket.

Sealing up Your Home

Air drafts at any time of the year can waste valuable energy while trying to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Visually inspect any areas on the exterior of your house where two different building materials meet each other. These are the areas that are more likely to leak, such as:

All exterior corners of a house

Exterior water faucets

Around the chimney or fireplace

Areas where the siding material or brick meet the foundation

 

Inside areas to check are:

Switch plates

Door and window frames

Electrical outlets

Baseboards

Doors

Fireplace dampers

Attic doors

Air conditioner units in walls or windows

TV and phone lines

Dryer vents

All vents and fans

If you see any light around any of these areas, seal it with caulk or weather stripping to avoid drafts.

Energy Star products

Choose Energy Star products for your home when you are replacing items. These objects are shown to be energy efficient and save you money each month on your costs. Some of the products available are compact fluorescent bulbs, table lamps, light fixtures and programmable thermostats that turn the heat or air up or down automatically according to your schedule.

Ceiling Fans

The use of a ceiling fan in a room can allow you to have the same level of comfort in cooling but enable you to turn the thermostat up in the summer to save electricity. For each degree that a thermostat is set above 72 degrees, you will save one to three percent of your monthly cooling bill in the summer.

Appliance Usage

Use full loads of laundry in your washing machine. A full load takes the same amount of time and electricity as a smaller load. Use cold water in the rinse cycle and if possible for washing clothing. This practice saves four percent of your monthly energy bill. Use the dryer with full loads and on the moisture setting so it senses when the clothing is dry and automatically shuts off. Only use the dishwasher when it is fully loaded and turn the dry cycle to air dry instead of heat dry to save energy.

Reduce Wasted Energy

Turn off lights, appliances and fans when you leave a room to save energy. This can save two percent of your energy bill monthly. Unplug all electronics, computers, and chargers when you aren’t using them. All of these items actually use some electricity when turned off. Turn off the power strip that you plug computers and printers in. If you have an extra refrigerator in the garage that is rarely in use, it will save energy to unplug it and recycle it.

Following these energy saving tips can help lower your monthly bills and will add up quickly over time.

For professional heating and cooling services, contact AJR today! 
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