Energy Efficiency Helps Save You Money
When you think about efforts to save money on your energy bills, you probably imagine a lot of hassle and discomfort. Quite the contrary – It doesn’t have to be that way!
You can reduce your energy usage in your southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania home today by simply making a few small changes that, once implemented, may help result in some noticeably lower bills.
We’ve put together some ideas that you can use to cut energy costs while keeping your home and family comfortable!
HOT WATER SAVINGS
- Water heating makes up nearly 20% of your home’s energy costs, so making a dent here will result is some sweet savings. Most water heaters come with the factory-default temperature setting of 140˚ Fahrenheit. Not only is that wastefully high, it presents a scalding risk, especially for infants, children and the elderly. Turning the thermostat down to 120˚ Fahrenheit won’t impact comfort or cleaning results, and requires less energy to maintain that slightly lower temperature.
- A full load in the dishwasher can be cleaned using less hot water than you’d use washing that same load by hand.
- Low-flow showerheads and aerators can also aid in reducing your hot water usage.
BE SMART ABOUT LIGHTING
If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs, you’re missing out on savings! When your incandescent bulbs die, replace them with either compact fluorescent (CFL) or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. You not only get much better energy efficiency, they last a lot longer than incandescent bulbs.
REDUCE ENERGY USE FOR LAUNDRY
Doing laundry uses a lot of both electricity and hot water. But there are some ways you can use less of both.
- Make cold water your default on the washing machine
- Do full loads, or make sure you set the water level to the appropriate amount
- Line-dry or air-dry when you can
- Doing one big load in the dryer may not be more efficient. Split large loads into two smaller ones. Laundry will dry faster and come out with fewer wrinkles
- Clean the lint screen in the dryer after every load
USE YOUR PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT
Adjusting your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees for 8 hours a day can cut your heating and cooling costs by 10%. A programmable thermostat makes it easy because you set it and forget it!
Contact us to learn more ways to reduce your energy costs, and of course, to schedule your next propane delivery!