Categories: Helpful Tips & Information, Shaddock Homes, Uncategorized | Posted: June 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Energy Saving Tips for Your New Home!
We know what to expect as we enter summer here in Texas: toasty weather and higher electric bills. With the impending heat, we would like to give you some energy saving tips for when you move into your new Shaddock Home. We’ve narrowed our tips down to three categories, so we can focus on the biggest places to save energy!
- Embrace the dreamy natural light in your home! During daylight hours utilize the natural light in rooms you’re using to cut down on the electric bill, lighting accounts for about 12% of a residential bill.
- Make sure to use your window shades and curtains on rooms you aren’t in! Be diligent during summer on keeping your shades closed, it’ll help cool your home.
- Remember to always replace your light bulbs with energy efficient ones with light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. These bulbs offer longer lasting light and are more energy-efficient, which will save you money in the long run. Since the average home uses 40 bulbs, switching over to greener bulbs is a great way to save on your electrical bill.
2. Electronics and Appliances
- If you’re cooking simple meals, use smaller appliances to cook instead of your stove! For example, using a microwave will save more energy compared to your stove.
- When you do use your oven, don’t peek! Every time you open your oven the temperature drops around 25 degrees and takes longer to cook. But try turning off the oven a few minutes before the cooking time runs out. Your food should continue to cook without using the extra electricity!
- Wait until night to run the dishwasher and clothes washer/dryer! Doing laundry at night will keep your home cooler and reduce strain on the power grid.
- Shop till you drop at the grocery store! Did you know that your refrigerators and freezers actually run at peak efficiency when full? But be careful about overfilling as that can reduce airflow making the appliance work harder.
- Have extra time on your hands? Turn off the heat drying portion of your dishwasher and dry your dishes by hand. This will cut down on energy.
- Turn on your ceiling fans! Running your fans will add comfort to your home without having to raise the thermostat higher.
- While it might be more convenient, don’t charge your cell phone overnight. It only takes a few hours to charge fully and it wastes energy leaving it plugged in.
- Conserve! On average a single homeowner can save around $150 a year with small habit changes with their water usage. For example: Don’t keep the water running when you brush your teeth or shaving. Only use it when you actually need it. Only wash full loads of clothes, utilizing every instance of running the washing machine. Take more showers and less baths, you can save gallons of water each time.
- Wash clothes in cold water and you’ll save some cash while you do it. 90% of the energy used by your washer is used to heat the water. Using cooler water for every load will save you energy and money.