Modern technologies make living a lot more convenient but everything comes at a price. When we consume more energy to power our gadgets and appliances, we also have to shell out more money at the end of each month.
Here are a few energy saving tips to make monthly bills less of a burden:
1. Minimize Phantom Power Consumption
Appliances can draw power even when not in use. They will consume energy as long as they are plugged in to the sockets. This is true for televisions that are in standby mode, computers that have been put to sleep, phone chargers with nothing connected to them, and so on. The draw may be small but they add up to a significant sum throughout the year. Be sure to shut things down and unplug if you are going to leave.
2. Improve Insulation through an Energy Audit
Homes tend to have vulnerable areas that where thermal leakage occurs. Have experts conduct a thorough energy audit to find these spots so that you can have them sealed. Improve insulation at strategic areas such as windows and roofs.
3. Use the Microwave When Defrosting
Leftovers are typically placed inside the refrigerator to prevent spoilage. Some food items are placed in the freezer to keep things fresh until it’s time to cook. When it is time to reheat them, be sure to do it with the microwave instead of the electric oven. The former consumes a lot less energy than the latter.
4. Stick to Mild Thermostat Settings
Set the temperature to reasonable values so as not to make the HVAC system work than that it should. In the winter, keep the heater at 20 degrees Celsius or lower. In the summer, keep the air conditioner at 26 degrees or higher. Pushing past these numbers can drastically increase the bills.
5. Maintain and Repair Old Appliances
If old appliances have nagging issues that are affecting their performance, then have them repaired immediately. An example would be broken seals in a fridge. Cold air will leak out causing the appliance to work harder to keep things cool. Perform regular maintenance such as cleaning air filters to keep efficiency high.
6. Switch to Energy Efficient Lighting
Artificial lights draw a great amount of energy. Older technologies consume more power to produce the same amount of brightness compared to newer LED lighting. The latter is much more efficient at converting energy to illumination. It also lasts a lot longer. Many are switching to this technology to save money in the long run.
7. Install New Heating and Cooling Systems
New models have improved by leaps and bounds over their predecessors, especially in terms of energy efficiency. Homeowners who have systems that are showing signs of age such as noise, breakdowns, and excessive power consumption should consider getting replacements. This may ultimately be less costly than dealing with frequent repairs and high energy bills.
For help with the installation of energy efficient LED lighting or Energy Efficient Air Conditioners, contact Alphateam today.