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7 ways to improve energy efficiency in your house in 2024

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Did you know that the average household spends around $1,900 annually on utility bills, with a significant portion allocated to heating and cooling? But fear not, there are numerous strategies you can employ to combat these costs effectively. Here are some tips:

1. Efficient appliance use

  • Optimize the use of appliances like washing machines and dishwashers by running them only when full.
  • Use cold water for laundry, showers, and dishes whenever possible to save on water heating costs.
  • Consider alternative cooking methods like microwaves, air fryers, or slow cookers to minimize heat emission from ovens and stoves.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use to prevent phantom energy consumption.

2. Utilize fans

  • Utilize ceiling fans to circulate cool air effectively, particularly by ensuring they rotate counterclockwise.
  • Remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when leaving a room.
  • Using ceiling fans in conjunction with your A/C can allow you to set your thermostat a few degrees higher without sacrificing comfort.

3. Thermostat management

  • Keep tabs on your thermostat settings. Aim to set it at the highest comfortable temperature, especially when you're away from home.
  • Even a slight adjustment of 3-5 degrees can notably impact energy consumption, as noted by Evergy.
  • Avoid the temptation to crank the thermostat to a colder setting; it won't cool your home faster.
  • Consider investing in a smart thermostat tailored to your habits, which can automatically adjust to energy-saving modes when you're not around.

4. A/C maintenance

  • Regularly change air filters to ensure optimal airflow and energy efficiency.
  • Schedule routine maintenance for your HVAC system to prevent breakdowns during peak usage times.

5. Water heater settings

  • Lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce energy consumption.
  • Reducing your settings from 140 to 120 degrees could reduce your water heating bill by more than 10%, according to Evergy.

6. Lighting considerations

  • Choose lighting options that operate at cooler temperatures or utilize natural daylight when possible.
  • Be mindful of direct sunlight entering through windows, especially during peak daylight hours.
  • Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs, which consume much less energy and last longer.

7. Window sealing and covering

  • Seal cracks around doors and windows to prevent hot air infiltration using caulk or weatherstripping.
  • Close blinds or drapes during the day to minimize heat gain from sunlight.
  • Consider insulating window treatments to reduce energy loss, especially in colder months.

Implementing these energy-saving practices can not only reduce your utility bills but also contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Kas B
Kas B
Property Operations Expert

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