Massachusetts home and business owners will be looking for several ways to stay cool this summer which means getting those fans out of storage and turning on your A/C from time to time to beat the heat. What the hot summers also bring is higher light bills, which means you will want to learn a few energy efficiency tips to save money and stay cool during those warmer days.
- Have Your Appliances Serviced
If you have Energy Star appliances, you are already cutting about thirty cents on every dollar you spend for energy. The bad news is that larger appliances like washers, dryers, refrigerators, and dishwashers make up about 35% of your utility bills, which means you can reduce that even more by making a few changes. Try these tips to reduce your bills.
- Get your appliances serviced before the summer begins. This helps machines work at tip-top shape and reduce the power they need to run more efficiently.
- Always wash full loads to reduce the amount of laundry you need to do. Also, set your dryer timer so that clothes do not continue to run once they are dry.
- If your refrigerator is energy efficient, it takes about $50 a year to run. If the filters are dirty or sensors are not working correctly, it will cost much more. Have your refrigerator serviced to ensure everything is working properly. Also, make sure the fan can circulate properly by not over-filling the shelves too much.
- Never open an oven when cooking as it eats up 20% of heat each time the door is opened. Use an oven’s convection feature to circulate the heat to cook food faster. Only use the self-cleaning feature after you cook since it is already hot.
- If reheating food, choose a microwave or smaller appliance as it uses half as much power as a stove. It helps cut down on your overall energy usage substantially.
- Install A Smart Thermostat
If you have yet to invest in smart technology for your home, you should do so quickly. A smart thermostat can save as much as $145 a year in heating and cooling costs. Most notably, you can use your wi-fi to turn the heat or air up or down when away from home.
- Use Smart Power Strips To Reduce Energy Sources
Did you know that 75% of your appliance energy usage comes from when they are not even being used? It’s shocking, right? Lots of appliance owners are doing it all wrong, it seems, based on this data from the U.S. Department of Energy. So, how can you counteract this? Use energy efficient smart power strips to put your appliances on standby to reduce energy consumption. This type of surge protector knows when your devices are not in usage and automatically put them in standby power modes. When ready to use, you simply turn the appliance on which signals the strip to give it power.
CS Appliance Service is ready to help you get started before the summer heat arrives. Give us a call at (781) 953-9600 or send us a message at https://www.facebook.com/CSApplianceService/.