Your Energy Bills: See Where Your Money’s Going To Spot Where You Can Save

Within the columns of numbers on your monthly energy bills, you can find much useful information on where you spend the most money on your utilities. Here are some basic percentages for energy expenditures in the average American household. When you know where your resources are going, you can take steps to achieve real energy savings.

Consider the following sources of energy drain:

  • Home electronics – Almost every household contains an assortment of computers, televisions, DVD players and other devices. Save energy by turning off and unplugging these electronics when you are not using them. If they have energy-saving sleep or hibernation modes, these settings can cut the amount of power used by as much as 80 percent.
  • Kitchen refrigeration – Refrigerators with freezers on top rather than on the side are more efficient. Limit the use of icemakers, since they can use a lot of power. Frequent opening and closing of refrigerator and freezer doors makes the unit work harder and use more energy to maintain cooling.
  • Lighting – Compact fluorescent light bulbs use only about a third of the energy used by regular incandescent bulbs. Look for and use energy-saving bulbs and light sources.
  • Washers and dryers – Use cold water to wash clothes. Install a front-loading washer if possible; front-loaders can cut water consumption by about 25 percent.
  • Hot water – Lower your water-heater thermostat to 120 degrees. Make sure your water heater’s storage tank is well insulated. Use low-flow showerheads and faucets; they reduce water flow but still provide plenty of water for most household needs.
  • Heating and cooling – Seal and insulate the ductwork in your HVAC system. Make sure your home is thoroughly insulated and that window treatments, weatherstripping, door and window seals, and other energy leak-blockers are in place. Install a programmable thermostat. Change the HVAC unit’s filter at least monthly.

Contact us today for more information on how to find out where you’re using the most energy in your home and for expert suggestions on how to increase energy savings. Beyer Boys has provided residential and commercial HVAC and plumb services to the San Antonio area for more than 20 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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