If you’re like us here at Lee’s Air, you’re always looking for new ways to save energy. No doubt you’ve heard the common energy-saving tips like installing a programmable thermostat, switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs and weatherstripping your home. We were satisfied with those few changes, though. After doing a little searching, we’d like to share a few ways to save energy that you may not have heard before.
Set your water heater to 120 degrees.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, setting your water heater to 140 degrees or higher can waste anywhere from $36 to $61 each year due to standby heat losses. Additionally, you could be wasting more than $400 to simply heat the water to that temperature in the first place.
Avoid placing appliances that give off heat near your thermostat.
Appliances like televisions and lamps give off heat when in use. When placed near your thermostat, the extra heat can cause your thermostat to read a higher temperature and run longer than necessary. Easy solution? Keep those appliances away! You want the temperature nearest your thermostat to be an accurate representation of your home’s overall temperature.
Don’t put a small pan on a large burner.
Simple enough, right? Food in your small pan won’t get any hotter or cook any faster on a large heating element. All of the uncovered space will simply heat the air and waste energy.
Perform a nightly energy sweep.
It seems like common knowledge, but most people are too tired at the end of the day to perform a proper energy sweep before they close their eyes. Radios, laptops, printers, lamps, unused chargers, coffee makers and other small appliances are perfect candidates for unplugging when not in use. Did you know that the average cell phone charger consumes .26 watts of energy when not in use? TVs and DVRs will use over 17 watts even when you aren’t using them.