Hidden Energy Wasters Inside Your Home
October 23rd, 2014 by admin
There could be potential energy wasters just lurking inside of your home. The most energy that you are probably wasting is in the form of standby power, which is wasted energy created as a result of keeping your appliances and electronics ready to turn on or used right away.
This kind of energy is wasted when you leave your appliances such as battery chargers, microwave ovens, game consoles and TV Set-Top Boxes plugged in and turned “on” at all times. According to The Department of Energy, you may be surprised to hear that most of the energy consumed by our appliances is actually used when it is turned “off.” Let JK Mechanical help you discover the energy wasters inside of your home.
While you may think that incandescent bulbs are a thing of the past, they are actually still manufactured and used today. Despite incandescent bulbs having higher operating costs compared to Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), incandescent bulbs still remain the most common type of lighting in the average American home. However, by replacing your lighting systems with more efficient models such as fluorescent or LED, you can help our planet and reduce energy costs.
One of the biggest culprits of energy and heat loss is the use of single-paned windows in your home. According to the Department of Energy, energy loss from windows is attributed to nearly 20% of heating costs. Double-paned windows offer a layer of insulation that will help keep your rooms warmer while reducing costs. Weather-stripping is another option that can help seal up the cracks and crevices where cold air is escaping from.
Upgrade your Washer and Dryer
Many households still use older energy inefficient top loading washer and dryers, which use more electricity and water than newer models manufactured today. By upgrading to a modern front-loading washer, you are able to save both energy and money. Another way to be savvy with laundry is to be aware of the volume of your loads. You will use the same amount of energy washing a small load compared to a large one, so it is more worthwhile waiting until you have a full load of dirty clothes to do wash.
During extended periods of time when you are away from home or asleep (approx. 8 hrs or more), be sure to turn down your thermostat. Considering half of the typical American’s energy bill comes from heating and cooling costs, this tactic can reduce your energy bill if you lower your temperature setting. If you heat with a gas or oil furnace, JK Mechanical recommends no more than a 5 degree setback and if you have a heat pump, we recommend no more than a 3 degree setback during winter.
Upgrade your Refrigerator
Today’s models of refrigerators contain a higher level of insulation, high-efficiency compressors, and allow more temperature control options than conventional older models.
Whatever energy waster you are currently using, know that replacing it can help the planet and save you money in the long run. Remember to turn off your appliances when they aren’t in use, or easier yet, turn off your power strips altogether. If you want expert advice on energy usage, call JK Mechanical today.