August 21, 2013
Expensive energy bills got you down? It happens to most people in the Sarasota area.
In fact, according to Energy Star, the typical home pays about $2,200 a year on energy bills.
But you can easily cut hundreds off that figure.
How? By being aware how you’re throwing money away with these 4 expensive energy wasters.
$180 a year
Remember this: heating and cooling takes up almost half ($1,100) of the $2,200 you spend on home energy each year. So, using your thermostat irresponsibly strongly affects how much you pay on your energy bills.
$400 in demand losses
Your water heater is set at 140 F. But, honestly that’s way hotter than it needs to be. according to Energy Star, keeping it at this temperature wastes “anywhere from $36 to $61 annually in standby heat losses and more than $400 in demand losses.”
Set your water heater’s temperature setting at 120 F.
$100 a year
Energy vampires electronic devices in your home that continue to “suck” energy even though they’re not on.
Learn what major energy vampires are in your home and unplug them when you’re not using them. Or plug them into a smart power strip.
Maintenance makes the difference with your heating and cooling system. It lowers not only your energy bills but also the frequency of costly repairs as well.
Posted in: Tips