If your utility bills skyrocket during cold or hot weather, there are some steps you might consider to conserve your energy use. These changes won’t deprive you of comfort, but they can help decrease your energy bills.

Unplug It

Look around your home at all the equipment and gadgets that you don’t use regularly. Do they have lights that remain on when the device is not in use? If so, every light you see is draining energy 24/7. If your coffeemaker has a digital display, unplug the pot when you are not using it. The same goes for any appliances that don’t need to be plugged in continuously. When you’re on vacation, unplug your television, microwave, and other electronics with electronic displays or lights.

Wash a Full Load

Washing a small load of dishes can waste up to 10 gallons of water. For more efficient dishwashing, run the dishwasher when you have a full load. Newer dishwashers are designed to clean dishes while using less water. If you are thinking of replacing your unit, selecting an energy-efficient model can help you save water and reduce your electric bill.

Washing a full load of clothes is another way to conserve energy. Your washer will use the same amount of energy regardless of the load.

Get Your Heating and Cooling System Checked

It is not unusual for half of a homeowner’s energy budget to be spent on heating and cooling costs, which is why your system must work efficiently. If you have experienced higher-than-usual utility bills, and your system doesn’t seem to be keeping you comfortable, consider having it checked. Leaking ductwork, dirty filters, and thermostats that don’t function properly are just a few of the issues that can affect your heating and cooling system. The only sure way to make sure your system works properly is to have it checked at least once per year and have any problems repaired.

It’s easy to get your heating and cooling system checked. Call Smith & Willis and make an appointment for one of our technicians to take a look at your system. W provide a variety of heating and air conditioning services for residents throughout the Commerce City, CO, area.