saving money on energy bills

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Everyone wants to save money and here are some basics for saving money on your energy bills. These tips can save you hundreds of dollars a year that can go into the bank instead!

1. Schedule an Air Conditioner Check Up

Heating and cooling accounts for nearly 50 percent of utility costs.
Scheduling regular air conditioner check ups with a certified professional will ensure the efficiency of the appliance. Air conditioners that do not get regular maintenance lose %5 performance each year, that means in 5 years your air conditioner can be running at ¾ the efficiency it should and costing you bigg $$$$. Professionals are able to diagnose minor needs that could lead to major problems. Early diagnosis is they key to preventing expensive air conditioning repair. After an air conditioner has received maintenance from a professional, it will operate more efficiently saving money and energy. Whether you are happy with your current air conditioner or considering a new product, it is useful to know the benefits of regular air conditioner check ups.

*Pro Tip: If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, consider new energy saving air conditioning units.
– Search for an air conditioner with a higher Energy Efficiency Rating (EER). For instance, an air conditioner with an EER of 10 will use about half as much energy as an air conditioner with an EER of 5–meaning some serious energy saving.

2. Unplug Electronics When Not In Use

Electronics and other appliances account for nearly 30 percent of utility costs.
Did you know that energy is still being used when an object is plugged in, regardless of whether it is off or on? The impact of leaving a phone charger plugged into the wall may seem miniscule, but consider how many appliances and electronics are plugged in in the entire home. On average each home has about 50 different electronics and appliances plugged in at one time. Sure, it may be easier to just leave the computer on than it is to restart it each morning. Considering all of the other appliances that are draining electricity (and money) it all adds up.
• Use power strips so that it is easier to disconnect appliances when not in use
• Don’t leave chargers plugged in for longer than necessary (This wastes energy and can ruin the battery life on an appliance)
• Use appliances that connect to an energy source rather than require charging for use (For instance, an upright vacuum that plugs into an outlet uses less energy than a handheld vacuum that requires charged batteries.

3. Turn Down the Hot Water Heater

Water heating accounts for about 14 percent of utility costs.
The simple act of turning down the hot water heater from 130 degrees to 115 degrees can save close to $50 dollars a year. There are other tactics for reducing production of heating water and in turn lowering utility costs.
• Install a flow restrictor to the shower head
• Insulate the hot water heater with an insulation kit from the local hardware store
• Take showers instead of baths, less hot water will be used
• Clean and unclog the dishwasher once a week to ensure efficiency

4. Turn Off the Lights

Lighting accounts for about 12 percent of utility costs.
Using the right light bulb in the home can mean a world of change in regards to the carbon footprint it leaves behind. A standard incandescent light bulb uses 75 percent more energy and only lasts 1/10 of the time that a Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) does.
When shopping for energy saving light bulbs keep this in mind:
• A 20-watt compact fluorescent bulb can serve as a substitute for a 60-watt incandescent bulb
• CFL’s can be used indoors and outdoors
• High-Pressure Sodium Light Bulbs are a more durable and energy saving candidate for outdoor lighting than traditional incandescent light bulbs
• The higher the lumens in a bulb, the more light will be emitted

Look like a genius and keep saving money by calling Smith & Willis HVAC to perform an air conditioning checkup today 720-789-7006.