Saving Energy, Room by Room

By: From 13 News
By: From 13 News

Consumers don’t have to dig through the couch cushions and junk drawers to find cash around the house – there are energy savings in every room if you know where to look.

Angie's List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies, went to the experts to find ways to wring energy savings out of every room in you home.

“Homeowners will save a lot if they just follow basic maintenance plans spelled out in owners’ manuals. But they should also know when to put down the tool box and call in an expert,” Hicks said. “Reputable service professionals can keep your energy hogs happy but running at top efficiency, and that will put more cash in your pocket.”

In the Bathroom:
Cool it Down: Lower your water heater (Energy hog No. 3) base temperature to 120°Fdegrees. Your shower will still be steamy and you’ll save by heating less water.
Stand up and Save: Baths generally use more energy than showers because you use less water in the shower, which means you heat less water.

A Bright Idea: You need a clear mirror view in the bathroom, but every bulb that lights your way costs money. You won’t notice the visual difference by replacing 100-watt bulbs with 60-watt bulbs, but you’ll see it in energy savings.
An Even Brighter Idea: Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs use up to 75 percent less energy and last about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.

In the Laundry Room:
Lose a Quart: Drain a quart of water from your water heater (Energy hog No. 3) tank every three months to remove sediment that slows down heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater. Follow your owner’s manual to accomplish this task because the type of tank determines the procedure.

Dry Spell: The dryer is an appliance (Energy hog No. 2), so keep it in top working order by regularly cleaning the lint screen clean and being smart about drying your clothes. Dry thick towels with other towels, for instance, rather than with light tee-shirts that will dry more quickly and use less energy. Don’t forget to clean the outdoor dryer vent, too.
Cold Water Wash: The biggest cost of washing clothes comes from the energy required to heat the water. Use cold water for most of your laundry load.

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