Energy Saving Tips

Everyone is always looking for ways to save money. Your electric bill is probably one of your biggest expenses and there are tons of methods you can employ to lower your energy bills. Today we are outlining some that will ring true for most homeowners.

Tips for Lowering Energy Bills

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The small fixes we list on here are not anything that’s going to cost you an arm and a leg. Though a more efficient heat pump or furnace system may save you in the long run, right now we’re focusing on “right now”. Follow a few of these tips and you may find yourself with lower bills the next time you get the mail.

  • Everyday Checklist. Millions of American homes use loads of energy when they don’t need it. Don’t be this family! Go through each night and when you leave the house to make sure all appliances are either turned off or unplugged and that the thermostat is set a few degrees warmer or cooler than when you’re normally home. This step can save you tons in electrical costs.
  • Shut Doors Quickly. Heating and cooling makes up the majority of your energy usage. Don’t let that precious air out any longer than you have to. Open door-leave-close door. Open door-come in-close door. Necessary warmth can escape very quickly with an open standard sized door. Your system has to work a surprising amount harder to heat or cool the outside air, too. Keep those doors closed tightly.
  • Kill The Leeches. Appliance leeching is when your appliance is turned off, but still manages to draw a small measurement of energy. Though they are not on, most appliances do leech on a regular basis. That desktop computer? Huge source of wasted energy. Flat panel TV? Draws quite a bit of power when just plugged in. Unplug when you’re going to be out for the day or a week. Studies have shown that leeching may comprise up to 12% of your power bill. Over a 12 month period that really adds up.
  • Make the Change to LEDs. The short trip to the hardware store will be well worth the money you save purchasing light bulbs in the future and the money you’ll save with your energy costs. Switching from incandescent to LEDs can have a great impact on your wallet. They shine just as bright, and last longer-some even last up to 50 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. LEDs look similar but act differently and will soon be your go to bulb.
  • Let Pros Inspect, Maintain and Replace Your Equipment. Properly trained technicians-whether it’s electrical, HVAC, plumbing or mechanical-can really save you money in the long run. These experts at trained to see the things you don’t, and fix the things you cannot. Put your faith in them and they’ll take care of you.

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Space Heater Safety Tips

space-heaterA space heater’s sole purpose is to heat up that place in our home that never seems to be able to get warmed from our furnace or heat pump. These small heaters give us a little reprieve from the cold without raising our electric bills by too big an amount. But you must keep in mind that space heaters are to be used with caution and under a watchful eye. Left unattended and space heater can start a fire that could spread in under a minute. Heating equipment is the second most popular culprit of home fires in the US, accounting for countless injuries, homes lost; millions of dollars in insurance claims and sadly, even deaths.

Plug Directly Into Outlet

Always plug your space heater directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord or power strip to give your heater power. Doing this can lead to fire or electrical shorts to occur. Be sure to check the wires and the body of your heating unit to make sure nothing is frayed, rusted, broken or otherwise malfunctioning.

Do Not Leave Heater By Itself

Whenever you get up to leave the warm sanctity that is your hot spot, turn off or unplug your space heater. Whether you’re walking out for the day or just for five minutes be sure that it is powered down. This will decrease your chances of it starting a fire by almost 100%. It only takes a fire a few precious moments to start and spread. Avoid this catastrophic outcome every time you use your heater.

Read and Follow Your Specific Heater’s Manual

When it comes to most things to read (i.e. OS updates and the like), you generally can get safely by without reading them. When something has the ability to burn your house down you take it a bit more seriously. They don’t print those manuals and put warning stickers on the units for no reason-heed the warning!

Stay Back 3 Feet

To be effective, a heater must do a few things to function properly: warm a small area; not start a fire; turn on or off when prompted. As a user, you must do a few things also: use caution by keeping anything that could burn at least 3 feet away; turn it off when you’re leaving the room; examine it for defect or anything unusual. Staying a minimum of 3 feet away is ideal for proper safety of your heater. Remember it’s a space heater, not a grill, not a blanket warmer and definitely not a microwave.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors are a MUST

Smoke-which you can smell-and carbon monoxide-which you can’t-are potential signs of fire or poisonous gas. Each floor of your home should have at least one smoke and one carbon monoxide detector. Both can be very hazardous to your health,  and depending on your type of heater may be emitted if not working properly.

Just like all the devices and appliances in your home, use each with caution and be sure you know enough about it to operate it properly and with great care.