Every day money gets sucked out of your pockets when you overlook small details. It’s surprising how minor adjustments can make a major difference. Start by choosing three of the options listed below, and start saving money today.
1. Old Appliances: As appliances age, they’re less efficient and use more energy to run. Purchasing new appliances can decrease your bill and government tax credits can offset the cost of replacing them as well.
2. Energy Vampires: Did you know that any device or appliance that stays plugged in continues to use power, even if it isn’t in use? This is an easy change to make. Either unplug power cords or plug them into a smart power strip you can control via a smartphone or other app. The most common household vampires are cell phones, chargers, computers, televisions, and gaming equipment. Cutting off the food supply to these little suckers can save as much as 5 percent a year on your electric bill.
3. Time Usage: Some cities discourage major appliance use during peak hours by increasing the per kilowatt hour cost during those times. Whether or not your city uses this type of policy to save energy, you can introduce the practice in your home and save.
4. Lower temperatures. Decrease the temperature of your hot water heater and the water you use to wash clothes and you could save a bundle. Another benefit of lowering the temperature of your water heater, is preventing little ones from burning themselves using extremely hot water. Unless you’re washing heavily soiled clothing or need to kill bacteria after a bout of the flu, cold water is sufficient to get clothes clean. Think about turning off the dryer feature on your dish washer as well.
5. Programmable Thermostats. Control heating and cooling by installing a programmable thermostat. Some thermostats can be adjusted using your smartphone whether you’re home or away. If your home has zone heating/cooling, you have greater control over the temperature in individual rooms or areas, which is a money-saver as well.
JM Mullen can help you lower your energy costs and install money-saving devices. If you’re not sure what energy-efficiency ratings mean, or if you’re in the market for a new thermostat, call us and we’ll help you make the decision that fits your needs. Call or go online today and schedule a free consultation.