Around-the-House Energy Saving Tips

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On our blog, we talk a lot about things you can do to make your heating and air conditioning systems more efficient. But there are a lot more appliances in your house! This post is for people who are tired of high energy bills and want to learn little things they can do to save energy around the house.

Use your thermostat wisely – you didn’t think we’d leave out all the HVAC tips, did you? If you use a furnace, every degree you lower your furnace will save you as much as 5% on your heating bills! Don’t forget to change your filters too (had to sneak that one in there!).

Replace old HVAC appliances – one of the most effective ways to improve your home’s efficiency is by replacing your existing furnace, boiler or heat pump with a new, high efficiency model!

You can call Michael Bonsby HVAC & Plumbing today if you’re ready for furnace replacement in Maryland!

Lower your hot water heater temp – unless you absolutely need hotter water (say, for your dishwasher), keep the setting at 120 F – you can save as much as 7 – 11% on your water heating costs! You can save even more if you insulate the first five feet of your water heater pipe!

Seal up leaks in your house – even if you think your home is sealed up tight, there could be a lot of cracks around your windows and doors through which warm air can leak out. Leaks can also come from a number of places you wouldn’t expect, including:

  • Pipes
  • Vents
  • Electrical outlets
  • Bathrooms
  • Spaces under the sink
  • Pipes inside closets

Eliminate wasted energy – turn off lights when you’re not in the room, unplug that spare refrigerator in the garage, turn off exhaust fans when you don’t need them, keep your fireplace damper closed when you’re not using it – all of these things can shave off 30% or more from your monthly energy bills!

Take shorter showers – cutting your showers short can save you hundreds of gallons of water per month! Showers account for 2/3 of your home’s water heating costs, so cutting your shower time in half can reduce your water heating costs by 33%!

Use your appliances efficiently – don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine unless you have a full load, and use the cold setting on your washing machine – this will reduce the cost of each load by 75%! Don’t forget to clean the lint trap, and if you have it, use the moisture-sensing automatic dryer setting.

Unplug “leaky” electronics – TVs, chargers, computer peripherals and other electronics are sometimes referred to as “vampire” electronics because they consume energy even when they’re switched off. While these standby losses are typically only a few watts each, they can add up quickly over time – you can save a lot of energy by keeping them unplugged when they’re not being used!

Switch out your light bulbs – while light bulbs don’t make up a huge portion of your energy bills, that doesn’t mean they should be ignored –switching to CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs can save you 75% per bulb!

Install low-flow shower heads – low-flow shower heads can drastically reduce your hot water expenses – expect savings between 10 and 16%!

Wrap your hot water tank with jacket insulation – this is especially important if you have an older hot water tank with less than optimal inside insulation – keeping the heat in your water heater can save you as much as 10% on your water heating!

There are a million ways you can save energy in your home. For more energy saving tips or for heating service in Maryland, call Michael Bonsby HVAC & Plumbing today!

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