Your Energy-Consuming Household Appliances: Top 4 Culprits
by The Cooling Company, on Jun 17, 2016 7:30:00 AM
A huge amount of energy gets gobbled up by household appliances. Think about it: they’re constantly plugged in or must be left running or turned on. Thankfully, your household energy-consuming habits can be tweaked so you conserve more and use less.
1. Refrigerators and Freezers
Refrigerators and freezers are some of the biggest energy-sucking appliances in homes. For one, they’re always on, and they run for years and years on end. This is necessary to keep food fresh, but it also means a lot of energy spent. Fortunately, there are easy ways to keep fridges and freezers running efficiently.
How to Save Energy with Refrigerators and Freezers
- Defrost the unit regularly to keep it running efficiently.
- Make sure the thermostats are set within optimal temperature ranges.
- Make sure door seals are solid.
- Don’t stand in front of the fridge with the door open for long periods of time. Grab what you need and close the door.
Depending on how people use them, dehumidifiers can be left on all the time. They’re used to keep moisture levels low in households (in basements, for instance) so mold can’t grow, but people often put them on much higher settings than is needed.
How to Save Energy with Dehumidifiers
- Set the humidity level to a reasonable percentage.
- Close off rooms where a dehumidifier is working.
3. Water Heaters
Americans use a lot of hot water. Bathing, washing clothes, washing dishes, cleaning, and other needs throughout the span of a day, every day, means that water heaters are running constantly.
How to Save Energy with Water Heaters
- Take cooler, shorter showers.
- Wash your clothes in cold water.
- Use cooler water for washing dishes. It doesn’t have to be scalding hot to get things clean.
4. Home HVAC Systems: The Biggest Energy-Consuming Household Appliances
Heating and cooling your home is essential, especially in the dead of winter or the peak heat of summer. However, your HVAC system uses up the most energy, especially if you live in a larger home in a colder/hotter climate or if you have an older system that doesn’t work as well as new ones.
How to Save Energy with Your HVAC System
- Have a professional do routine maintenance at least once a year. They can check things like fluid levels and insulation to make sure the unit is working at its peak performance.
- Upgrade to a programmable thermostat and set it on the lowest temperature that is comfortable for the household
- Regularly replace your filters
- Keep vents unblocked by large objects (furniture) or other things that could prevent air flow
An energy-efficient system could save you hundreds of dollars per year, even if your household energy consuming habits aren’t as good as they could be. The Cooling Company can help you make the smart move and upgrade—our HVAC Energy Savings Calculator can aid you in figuring out just how much money you’ll save in a year. Look to us for great service and expertise.