Energy is something we use in our homes all the time from waking hours till when the lights finally go out at night. Your energy bill includes your electric, gas and water. There are little mundane tasks we do throughout the day that contribute to wasted energy that we don’t even think about.
Some of the things that contribute to higher energy bill can be as simple as leaving our devices plugged in when we’re not using them, even leaving chargers plugged in with no devices attached (these are also known as vampire plugs). Unplugging unused devices can help you save you up to 4% off your energy bill. According to a study done by the Laurence Berkeley National Laboratory “up to 10% of your home’s power use comes from devices in standby mode,” draining your hard earned money.
Running water while brushing teeth or running the dishwasher for small loads are all simple things that add to your water bill, which leads to a higher energy bill. Switching to energy efficient washers and faucets is an investment that saves you in the long run. On more ways to save on your water bill, check out our previous blog, “Ways to save on your Water Bill”. http://evolutionaryhomeenergy.com/efficiency-tips/ways-save-water-bill/”
Leaky doors, windows and poor insulation also contribute to a higher energy bill. Whether the house is too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer, it tends to be as a result of improper insulation and old ineffective windows. When your home is improperly insulated and your windows aren’t working as they should, it doesn’t matter how high your crank the A.C or heat, you’ll be letting money right out of the doors. Save on your energy bill by making sure your insulation is up to code and replace your windows if they aren’t effective. Replacing your old windows with newer double or triple-pane windows will help in cutting down on your heating losses.
There are some surprisingly simple things that can be done to create savings on energy. Simply turning your water heater temperature down from the standard 140 degrees to 120 degrees can save you more than $100 a year.1 Also, putting hot foods in your fridge often can impact your energy bill. According to energy star, an average bottom freezer fridge uses about $539kWh of electricity which is approximately $65 annually. The fridge works harder and uses more energy when trying to cool down hot food.
These are just a few ways energy can be wasted in your household and cause your energy bill to go up. You don’t have to go on your journey of energy efficiency alone. We can help with a Home Energy & Home Improvement Maintenance Inspection, to help you find more ways to cut down on your energy spending!