5 Ways You’re Wasting Electricity in Your Home
Dec 15, 2015
FL Green Team is dedicated to keeping southwest Florida cool with efficient AC and HVAC system repairs, installation, and maintenance. Our clients know that they’re our number one priority, and we make it known that we’re here to help you save more while living better. In an effort add more “green” to our clients’ lifestyles, we’ve put together five home tips that can help you reduce your energy consumption while saving big bucks on your monthly electric bill.
Plugging In At a Price
We live in the electronics age where we’re constantly plugged in: gaming systems, tablets, laptops, cell phones, and so much more! Yet most people aren’t aware that items that remain plugged in while they’re idle are still sucking energy.
Take a tour around your house and see what you have plugged in to your outlets. Does your toaster really need to be connected 24/7? How about that lava lamp that’s been sitting on the shelf collecting dust? Maybe there’s a gaming console in the living room that “sleeps” all day while the kids are in school? All of this idle energy consumption can add up to a ten percent increase in your monthly energy bill. Being mindful of what’s in your outlets and disconnecting items that aren’t in use can help reduce this percentage.
Let it Blow
Your central air-conditioning and heating system never rests. It’s constantly working hard to circulate air through your vents, ducts, and filters to keep your home feeling “ahhh”-some. However, dirt, debris, and dust can clog up your filters, forcing your system to work extra hard to keep the air flowing. Changing your air filters every 1 to 3 months will help keep your system running efficiently, and even extend its longevity. Talk about a good deal!
Swimming in Hot Water
When you’re heating the water for your next load of laundry or taking a long, hot bath, you’re tapping into more than just your water bill. It takes energy to heat up your H20. Choosing to set your washing machine on a cool cycle or avoiding the heat-dry feature on your dishwasher can help… a little.
Or you can tap into the benefits of solar energy. FL Green Team is in the business of installing energy efficient devices such as solar electric systems and high efficiency pool heat pumps. These are especially handy in southwest Florida homes, where many neighborhoods turn to the pool and Jacuzzi to relax on cooler nights.
Tuck In Tight With Insulation
While insulation may seem like an investment, you’ll start to notice the effects immediately after it’s installed. Good installation can go a long way, especially during the winter months when the temperature dips. How does it work? Insulation helps prevent heat and air from escaping the home, much like a blanket keeps us warm, so your AC unit doesn’t have to work as hard.
Get a Home Energy Audit
While there are so many small adjustments you can make to your daily lifestyle that will help you save money, the biggest energy advantages you can ever gain is going to be found in specific home maintenance. Sealing air conditioning ductwork, replacing outdated or inefficient air conditioners, installing solar water heating, and tinting windows are all home modifications that can go a long way.
To see where your home could improve in its energy consumption, consider an Energy Audit and Diagnostics Test. FL Green Team offers these services to residents in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Estero, Sanibel & surrounding areas. Simply give us a call at 239.432.1500!