No one likes to think that they’re wasting money.
We all take efforts to get a good deal on the things we purchase, to make wise investments, to live within our means.
But sometimes, we throw money away without even thinking about it and without even leaving the house. Take your air conditioner: any AC repair company will tell you that if you’re not using it efficiently, you’re throwing money away.
Here are 10 ways you might be wasting energy – and thus money – at home.
1. You keep the refrigerator door open
Those moments you spend browsing through your refrigerator or freezer might not seem like a big deal, but they add up to seven percent of the unit’s energy use.
According to Good Housekeeping, careless opening/closing of refrigerator door wastes at least 50 120kWh each year, the equivalent running your dishwasher 20 times.
2. You wash clothing in hot water
A bulk of the energy your washing machine uses is spent heating water. But you can trim that energy use significantly by washing clothes on warm, or even cold, water, which is fine unless you’re trying to get grease or oil out of fabrics.
3. You keep your thermostat at the same setting all the time
If your thermostat stays at virtually the same setting all summer, you’re throwing money away. Try to alter the temperature setting when you know you won’t be home for an extended period.
During the winter, turn the temperature down 10 to 15 degrees if you’ll be gone for eight hours or more. In the summer time, turn the temperature five to eight degrees higher. Better still, investing in a programmable thermostat will allow you to schedule when you want your HVAC system to adjust itself.
4. You run the dishwasher when it’s half-full
Save water and electricity at the same time by only running your dishwasher when it’s fully-loaded. You may also be able to save even more energy by changing its dryer setting from heat dry to air dry.
5. You leave the lights on
Keeping the lights on is probably one of the most obvious ways you can save energy. Just get into the habit of shutting off lights whenever you leave the room or leave the house.
6. You haven’t changed your air filters
This is something all good AC companies know: unless you change the filters in your HVAC system on a regular basis, that system won’t function to the best of its ability.
The job of the air filter is to collect dust and other particles. When it becomes too clogged, your heating and air conditioning system has to work harder to make your home comfortable. Try to change your air filters at least once per season.
7. You aren’t scheduling regular AC maintenance
When was the last time you reached out to one of your local AC companies to have them look at your air conditioning system? By scheduling regular maintenance, you can ensure your HVAC unit is running efficiently, thus saving you money on your energy bill (not to mention the cost of an AC repair bill somewhere down the road).
Is your HVAC system overdue for maintenance? Contact All Seasons Comfort Control. Our technicians can examine your air conditioner and make sure it’s keeping your family cool, while also keeping your home energy bills low.