Energy efficiency is good for our planet, your home, and your wallet. And while many people want their home to be energy efficient, it can be hard knowing how to reduce your energy use and still enjoy all the comforts of your home.
Reducing Energy-Use in Your Home
With spring just around the corner, it’s important to make energy efficiency a priority in your home.
To lower your energy use, be sure to:
- Replace any light bulbs with LEDs. LEDs have a longer lifespan and use far less energy than incandescents. They also don’t get as hot, which lowers your risk of one overheating and starting a fire.
- Only run your dishwasher when it’s full. Contrary to popular belief, your dishwasher uses much less water (roughly 4 gallons per cycle) and energy than hand washing each dish. Just make sure you’re only running it when it’s full.
- Don’t open the oven door when baking. While it can be tempting to open your oven every few minutes to check on your food, this wastes a lot of energy. Instead, use the light and look through the transparent door.
- Unplug electronics when they’re not in use. Even when your phone isn’t plugged into your charger, that charger is still using power — this is known as phantom power.
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer full. Refrigerators use the most power of any appliance — when they’re full, they don’t have to work as hard. You should also allow hot food to cool before placing it in the refrigerator.
- Turn off lights that aren’t being used. If no one is in the room, the lights should be off!
- Keep your thermostat clear of certain electronics and appliances. If they’re too close to the thermostat, things like lights and TVs can give off enough heat to affect your thermostat.
If you’re in need of anything from an inspection of your appliance to a full-scale replacement and installation of a new one, make sure you enlist the help of someone who you can trust. Mr. Appliance of Huntington is here to help you every step of the way! Contact our team to learn more.