Most homeowners are unaware of the contribution home appliances make to their energy bills. The increase in the use of these technologically advanced appliances in our lives has steadily increased our energy usage. Fortunately, there are several ways of reducing the sharp increase in electricity bills.
Even though energy efficiency standards of the Federal Government have created several energy efficient household appliances, there are still many machines that constantly drain power. Every house appliance from a washing machine to refrigerators has an inefficient and an efficient way to be used. While most small appliances like hair dryer can cost less than $75 in energy bills, there are several large appliances that can consume up to $300 of electricity every year.
A few simple steps will not only reduce energy consumption but will also your environmental footprint. Prudent use of appliances can also help in reducing same day appliance repair and service costs. The amount you pay to the washer technician, fridge repairman, dryer service technician, oven repair professionals, or any other appliance repair technician, will reduce drastically if you use the appliances prudently. Here is a simple guide on how to make your residential appliances energy efficient and eco-friendly.
Energy Saving Tips
There are several ways of reducing the monthly energy expenses on appliances. Here are some ideas and tips to achieve your goal.
Use Power Strip
There are several appliances that draw energy when they are plugged in, even when they are not turned on. This “Unused Energy” can cost you more than $100 every year. When you use power strips, they shut off the power supply to appliances when they are not turned on, which can significantly reduce standby power costs.
Insulating Water Heaters
Insulating your water heaters is easy, and it will not take more than 1 hour 30 minutes to insulate the heaters. Insulating your heaters can save up to $50 each year. Insulating blankets for your water heater can cost you up to $20 a piece, but some companies may offer huge rebates or discounts on them, making them virtually free.
Let Air Dry your Clothes and Dishes
Instead of using a dryer to dry your clothes, you can hang your clothes outside and let air dry your clothes. Another benefit of hanging your clothes outside is that your clothes will last longer, as the fibers will not get overheated or shrink. However, you will still have to use the dryer for heavier fabrics such as comforters and towels. You can also reduce energy costs by letting the air dry the dishes. Most dishwashers have a setting that stops the washing cycle after washing and rinsing. If you use hot air to dry the dishes, it can increase your electric bills by 15 percent.
Check Freezer and Refrigerator Temperature
The temperature of your refrigerator must be set between 34-degree and 38-degree Fahrenheit, and the temperature of the freezer must be set at 0F. If the temperature of the freezer and refrigerator are set below these temperatures, make sure you change the setting to prevent unnecessary cooling.
Unplug the Charger
Chargers of laptops, cell phones, video games, tablets, reusable batteries, eBook readers will consume electricity even when they are not used. Plug these devices only when you use them.
Avoid Using Inappropriate Appliance
You must avoid using the stove for small meals. Instead, you should use a microwave or a toaster oven. When your stove, it will take a lot of energy to heat the big area inside the machine, which is not necessary if you are cooking a small meal.
Reduce Hot Water Use
Did you know that we spend more than $500 each year just to heat water? So, the less water you use, the more you save. Some of the steps you can take to reduce hot water use include use cold water in washing clothes, run the dishwasher only when it is full, turn off the faucets when they are not in use, and reduce the time you spend under the shower.
Use Energy Star Appliances
Appliances with the Energy Star label are more energy efficient when compared to non-Energy Star appliances. Generally, appliances with Energy Star label consume 15 percent less energy than non-Energy Star appliances.
Hiring Appliance Professionals
Taking assistance from appliance professionals can help in reducing your energy bills. Some of the things you can do include:
Regular Appliance Maintenance
All your heavy appliances must be serviced at once a year. This will improve the efficiency of the appliance and reduce energy expenses. Many appliance service companies offer a maintenance plan that includes checking your appliance at least twice a year. If you use a seasonal appliance such as air-conditioners and heaters, make sure you service them to be sure they are ready to withstand extreme temperatures of the seasons.
A Periodic energy audit will help in identifying where your house is losing energy. When you make changes to reduce this loss, you can save up to 30 percent on your energy bills.
Hiring Energy Auditor
The professional energy auditor will visit your home to assess the energy efficiency of your house. They will also point any safety hazards or potential health. These auditors will find ways to save your money by checking the condition of your appliances and identifying hidden energy usage. The auditor will also analyze your energy bills to understand the energy consumption level of your family.