Does the fear of high energy bills keep you from using your air conditioner more than you’d like? It’s time to find better ways to save energy and money!
These six tips will help you with keeping your home comfortable while using less energy.
Give your kitchen a vacation. Find alternatives to your indoor cooktop and oven, which heat up the house and make your air conditioner go into overdrive to keep the home cool. Try using your stove earlier in the morning and later in the evening. Rely on small appliances like your microwave, toaster oven, slow cooker and multi-cooker, which generate less heat and use less energy. Keep the heat out of the kitchen by using your propane grill to make meals any time of the day (LG Jordan has a great selection of propane grills if you need an upgrade, too!)
Block hot air. Use weatherstripping and caulk to keep hot air out and cool air in.
Use the polar ends of the day. Schedule heat-generating chores like drying clothes and running the dishwasher for early in the morning or later in the day, when it’s not as hot. Adjust your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees, and put it on the vacation setting if you’re going on vacation.
Update your lighting. Did you know only 10 to 15 percent of the energy of an incandescent light bulb is spent producing light? The rest becomes heat, warming up your home and making your A/C work harder. LED and halogen incandescent are much more efficient!
Use your air conditioner wisely. Use window coverings during the day to keep out direct sunlight that would heat your home. Don’t put lights or electronics like a TV or computer near your thermostat, which senses the heat from them and makes the A/C work harder even when the rest of the home is already cool. Change filters regularly, get your air conditioner regular maintenance, and vacuum registers to get rid of dust. Use a programmable thermostat so the A/C won’t run as much while you’re away from home.
Upgrade to propane appliances. A propane tankless water heater can save you 30 percent or more on your energy bills compared to an electric storage-type water heater, and a propane clothes dryer will get the job done faster using less energy than its electric equivalent (it reduces wrinkles, too)!
In fact, if you need a propane appliance upgrade, be sure to visit our showroom at: 314 North Hughes St. in Apex, NC, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.! You can count on LG Jordan for your home’s energy-efficient propane needs.
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