Where Is Your Home Energy Use Going?
May, 20th, 2015
If you’re anything like us, you’re always thinking about ways to save a little bit of money. One of the greatest ways to do that is to take a look at where your home energy use is going. Before you can start taking steps to lower your power bills, though, have you ever wondered just where all that energy is going?
- The first culprit? Air conditioning. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, air conditioning alone makes up about 6% of the average U.S. home’s power usage per year. Saving money here is all about only using what you need. Set that A.C. to run at 78 instead of 72 and you could see a huge savings over time without having to compromise on comfort. Updating older units or replacing window units with central air could also help with efficiency in the long run. We have a few ideas on how to save money on heating and cooling on this post, too!
- Next up? Water heaters, which nationally use about 18% of your home’s power. If you can, upgrade your water heater to a newer, more energy-efficient model. If you can’t make that investment just yet, try to cut down on time. Even taking a 12-minute shower instead of a 20-minute shower, not letting the water run any longer than you need to when washing dishes or brushing your teeth, and making sure your plumbing and drains are working efficiently could save you thousands of gallons per year. We have a few tips on this post to save you money no water-heating costs.
- Then there are appliances. Refrigerators, toasters, televisions, computers… anything you plug into your electrical outlets ends up being 35% of our yearly national power usage. The easiest way to save money here is also free; just unplug anything you’re not currently using! Before bed, take a quick walk around the house. Turn your computer off, unplug the toaster, coffeemaker, even the television. If you don’t need it? Don’t let it keep leeching power while you sleep. Also look into updating big appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers, and televisions. The rise in energy-efficiency means that buying newer models can make a good longer-term investment.
- Heating makes up most of our national power usage at 41%. That’s alarmingly close to half your power usage for something that you probably don’t have running even close to half the year. Just like with air conditioning, just moving your thermostat (in this case, running your heat at 70 instead of, say, 75) could really add up the savings. Upgrade your heating system or schedule an appointment with one of Corley’s licensed professionals for a tune-up to see if there’s anything you can do to work on your home’s heating and cooling efficiency.
In the end, saving money is all about keeping up with routine maintenance and not using more than you need. With our Service Partner Plan, we take care of the maintenance aspect for you, coming out twice per year to check up on your electrical and plumbing systems to ensure everything is running at peak efficiency. We can also add HVAC to your plan, or at higher levels HVAC is already included. Over time, routine maintenance can save you hundreds on your power bills. Haven’t heard of the Service Partner Plan before, but want more information? Give us a call at (864) 517 – 1251 or contact us online for more information or to schedule your appointment. You can also see a few reasons we think the Service Partner Plan is right for you by clicking here to read our blog!