Utilities in the U.S. are consumed almost unconsciously, which develops a rather high bill payment at the end of the month. In the case of electricity, which is extremely necessary for nearly everything in a household, not paying the bill and going without electric service is not an option.
Saving energy not only helps the environment but your pocket too! Several techniques or tips can help you save energy in your home without inconveniently limiting the use of electrical appliances. Here is all the information you need to know.
First step: knowing how much I’m wasting
If your bill is very high, the first step is to know what percentage of volts you consume and where they’re going. Some electronic devices are likely demanding more electricity than necessary because you don’t have a volt adapter or the cord is not the right one.
To find this out, many companies in Florida will calculate the energy in your home in the same way that the state’s system calculates electricity usage to calculate how much you should pay monthly for it.
We only recommend this option if your bill is excessively high compared to what you claim to consume. If you want something less professional that still helps you calculate how much electricity you are using, we recommend purchasing an Energy Usage Monitor.
It’s normal to have leaks in the electrical system of a house. This happens every time we plug or unplug something, leave wires plugged in, open refrigerators, and do other actions unconsciously.
An energy saver is designed to use this electricity efficiently that is spent in a small way. Its function is to recycle the energy leaking from the home’s electrical system. This reduces the household’s total energy consumption since it is being recycled.
It is estimated that an energy saver saves you $2 for every kilowatt/hour that electricity is consumed in an appliance that is connected to it as well as helping to protect the life of the appliances that are connected to it.
Can the difference in water temperature change the amount of energy consumption? The answer is yes. If you’re looking to save energy in ways that don’t strictly change the way you live, lowering the water temperature is ideal.
For water to be hot, it must go through the water heater, which is responsible for heating the water with electrical energy. Therefore, the hotter the water, the more energy you consume.
Using cold water, or perhaps at a lower temperature than the one generally used, can help you save between 4% and 22% energy per year. Without realizing it, water heating is among the highest energy-consuming factors in a household.
Be careful with the washing machine and dryer.
Washing machines are the most energy-consuming appliances in a household in one fell swoop. We’re not going to tell you to stop washing, but we can help you make your process less expensive while using your washing machine.
First, adjust the temperature. Remember, the hotter it is, the more electricity you generate to heat the water. Using cold or lukewarm water will help you lower your electricity consumption.
Don’t worry about your clothes not turning out clean; it has been proven that the temperature of the water has nothing to do with the way the sweat or dirt comes out of the clothes. A recent study found that hot water does not wash better than cold water but removes dye faster.
Another tip to save energy when using the washing machine is to be aware of the water level. Use a water level appropriate to the number of clothes you wash, not higher. The more water you have, the more the washing machine will work and, therefore, the more energy it will generate.
Likewise, wash your dryer filter before you run a new load. A dirty filter will create a clog in the dryer that will cause it to overwork to generate the heat needed to dry the clothes.
Doors and Windows
Few people know how keeping the front door closed and windows sealed can save energy. When using an air conditioner or heater, it generates a certain temperature in the room. By having an open door, the air escapes from the room.
What does this have to do with electricity? As the air escapes from the room, the function of keeping the room at a certain temperature is not being fulfilled, so the air conditioner or heater is working harder to achieve the desired temperature.
What does this mean? Exactly, more electricity consumption. Knowing your air conditioner or heater usage can help you save many dollars by closing a door or a window.
We also recommend that you wash your AC filter so the airflow works properly, and the appliance operates at its minimum consumption. It will try to reach the desired temperature if it is dirty, generating more work and electricity.
Showerheads can generate a lot of water leakage because they are designed as self-flowing. Replacing them with an energy-efficient showerhead can help you save up to $80 a year. The way to tell whether your showerhead is energy efficient is simple.
You should place a pot under the shower and turn on the cold water, then activate a timer as soon as it starts to see how long it takes to fill the nozzle representing a gallon of water. If it fills in less than 24 seconds, your showerhead is high-energy consuming because it uses about 2.5 gallons per minute.
This means that the water usage is excessive, but if it takes more than 24 seconds to fill the gallon with water, you have the right head that works most efficiently and saves water and energy.
For years I have studied American finance regulations. All the information in this blog is sourced from official or contrasted sources from reliable sites.
Salesforce Certified SALES & SERVICE Cloud Consultant in February 2020, Salesforce Certified Administrator (ADM-201), and Master degree in “Business Analytics & Big Data Strategy” with more than 13 years of experience in IT consulting.