Energy Waste you didn’t even think about…
Energy conservation is an important topic, and homeowners should know sources of energy waste.
Though the United States has come a long way in terms of energy conservation, there is still a significant amount that is wasted. Oracle reported that 61 percent of the energy is America is wasted. Could you be partially responsible for some of the problem? Take a look below to see some of the ways energy is wasted:
Using window units
Though window units are a popular method for cooling residential properties, they are actually not energy friendly. Most window units typically leave a small gap between the device and the window frame. The cooled air can escape through this space, and warm air can also seep in. This makes the unit less effective and wasteful. Window units also only cool a small area at a time, so you may have to use more than one to cool your entire home. Opt to install a ductless mini split system instead. While the upfront cost is more than a window unit, you will save in energy costs over time.
Leaving electronics plugged in
This is a fairly common method of waste. Many American households have a significant number of electronics, including televisions, computers, sound systems and more. All of these devices draw energy even when they are not in use. Leaving electronics and appliances plugged in can add nearly 10 percent to your home’s energy bill, as reported by the U.S. Department of Energy. To combat this waste, consider unplugging these devices when they are not in use.
Disregarding peak hours
Did you know that there is such a thing as peak hours for energy consumption? Many energy companies have certain hours during the day when consumption costs more, but they may also offer discounts for energy consumed in off-hours. For example, if your provider charges less for energy after 7 p.m., you should wait to do laundry or run the dishwasher until this time. Peak hours not only save you money, but they also help distribute consumption throughout the day.
“HVAC systems are responsible for about 15 percent of home energy consumption.”
Forgetting to service your HVAC system
The HVAC system in your home is responsible for about 15 percent of your energy consumption. This number will climb if the system is not working properly. To avoid waste and overspending make sure that you have your system inspected at least once a year. Technicians will make sure that all of the components are in quality condition and that your system does not need servicing or cleaning.
Using appliances poorly
Are you a person who likes to bake even when it is hot outside? You could be wasting a significant amount of energy this way. Not only are you consuming energy from your oven, but your air conditioner is forced to work harder to keep your home cool. Instead of firing up the oven on summer days, consider taking the cooking outside and grilling, or opt for a fresh meal that requires no baking at all. Additionally, if you have a habit of leaving the fridge door open while you scour for a snack or the next ingredient, you are wasting energy. Try to think of what you need from the fridge before you open it to reduce the amount of cool air that escapes.
Energy waste is harmful to the environment and to your wallet, but by educating yourself on the ways in which waste occurs, you can help reduce it. If you are interested in learning more about energy consumption, contact SMO Energy today. They are experts in green systems, alternative fuel, and energy-friendly appliances.