For some of us, it’s been a long year already. But with the coming of spring brings more opportunities for good times and finally getting together with family and friends.
By enacting some of these energy-saving tips, you can help trim your home’s energy costs this season—and for the summer ahead—keeping some of that hard-earned money in your wallet!
Regular, professional maintenance keeps your home’s central air conditioning running at its best possible efficiency and can lower its energy consumption by as much as 15% or more.
When you realize that cooling makes up about half of your energy costs in warmer weather, you’ll see that’s some pretty sweet savings!
If your water heater is still at the factory preset of 140˚ Fahrenheit, your water heating energy costs are unnecessarily high.
By turning the thermostat on your water heater down to 120˚, you can cut your water heating energy costs by 10% without losing a smidgen of comfort. It is also safer, as 140˚ presents a scalding risk, especially for infants, children, and the elderly.
And if your water heater is nearing its end-of-life, this is an ideal time to upgrade to a propane tankless water heater and cut your water heating costs by 30% or more—immediately.
While you are cleaning your home, don’t forget the refrigerator! It makes up about 15% of your energy usage. Carefully roll the fridge away from the wall and dust the coils in the back. Clean out the inside, too. An overstuffed fridge reduces circulation, which makes your fridge work harder, driving up your energy costs. Also, be sure to thoroughly vacuum your vents and change your HVAC air filters, too.
When the weather’s warm, don’t slave over a hot stove!
By grilling outside, you’ll keep your indoor temperatures lower. Higher indoor temps force the A/C to cycle on and off with far more frequency. Upgrade your grilling game with one of our outstanding gas grills!
You may associate drafts with heat loss in the winter. But they also bring warm air into your home.
Your air conditioning will continue to cycle on more frequently and use more energy in doing so. A weekend DIY project involving caulk, weatherstripping, and expanding foam can help keep your cool air inside where it belongs. This is also a good time to check on your home’s insulation and add more if needed. The U.S. Department of Energy has a good guide on insulation needs.
Improve your home’s energy efficiency with new, high-efficiency propane appliances—and save yourself some money by doing so! Contact us to learn more and for our available inventory of appliances we can install for you today.