Energy prices are climbing this holiday season, resulting in more expensive utility bills. With inflation the highest it has been in 30 years, you’ll likely be racking up more than a few extra dollars in electricity charges during the holidays. One way to cut costs is to implement a few energy-saving strategies.
Blocked vents can result in your HVAC working harder than it needs to. It’s vitally important to make certain that no objects are blocking both inside and outside vents. You need to have at least one foot of space around vents to allow for proper airflow. Prune tree branches, pull weeds, and trim bushes blocking vents outdoors. Move furniture, objects, throw rugs, and plants blocking airspace around indoor vents.
Appliances like air fryers, microwaves, crock pots, and toaster ovens are more energy efficient than cooktops and ranges. Using these alternative cooking methods can help save you money on your electricity bills.
Run a Full Dishwasher
Did you know that dishwashers use less water than washing by hand? Energy Star rated dishwashers use less than five gallons of water per cycle. Washing dishes in the sink can use up to 20 gallons of water. It’s best to run your dishwasher only when it’s completely full. Change your dishwasher setting to air dry instead of heat dry. The air-dry setting, called energy-saver or no-heat setting on some Energy Star Certified models, uses at least 15% less energy.
Wash on Cold
Washing your clothes in hot or warm water takes considerably more energy. Use cold water for most clothing and household items. And use hot water only for bed sheets or sanitizing baby items. Wash large loads instead of running your washing machine more frequently with smaller loads.
You can save additional energy by purchasing dryer balls. Not only do they dry your clothes quicker, they’ll also be fluffier and less clingy from reduced static electricity. 100% wool dryer balls are environmentally friendly, reusable hundreds to thousands of times, compostable, and highly absorbent. Use them instead of fabric softener or dryer sheets. The savings add up quickly and dryer balls may also increase the lifespan of your dryer.
At Cool Blew, our experienced team of licensed electricians are available throughout the Phoenix area for all your home’s electrical needs and energy saving questions. Call our experts today at 623-872-2900.