Though we often don’t pay much attention to our energy usage, it can really add up over time. From charging your cell phone to running the dishwasher, there are a variety of activities you do everyday that use energy. And all this energy usage can start to impact your monthly utility bills. Fortunately, by being more vigilant about your energy usage and taking steps to prevent energy waste, you and your family can save more money each month on energy costs.
Here are 3 major ways that you could be wasting energy at home (and not even know it!):
- Leaving the Lights on When You Leave the Room
One of the easiest ways to waste energy in your home is by leaving the lights on when they aren’t in use. Luckily, this is also one of the easiest energy-wasting habits to fix. By making more of an effort to turn off the lights when you leave a room, you can work to save more electricity over time. Not to mention, your light bulbs will last longer!
- Leaving Electronics Plugged in When They’re Turned Off
Another common way that homeowners waste energy is by leaving their electronics plugged in when they aren’t using them or when the devices are turned off. By unplugging your electronics when you aren’t using them, you can work to save more energy over time. This includes your TV, computer, and phone charger. You may even want to use a power strip to make turning off your unused devices even easier.
- Heating Your House When No One is Home
Another way that you may be wasting energy is by not using a programmable thermostat. In cooler months, you may feel the urge to crank up your thermostat to make your home more comfortable. However, when you keep your home heated when no one is home, you are wasting energy (and money). Using a programmable thermostat can help you save more energy over time by allowing you to lower the temperature on the thermostat when no one is home to benefit from the warmth.
Don’t Let Your HVAC System Hold You Back from Energy Savings
Is your heating and cooling equipment holding you back from energy savings? If your HVAC system just isn’t running as efficiently as it once was, it may be time to look into getting a new, more energy efficient model. At McLay Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing, our team of home comfort experts can help you find the right Carrier HVAC products for your home comfort needs. Our licensed HVAC technicians will ensure that your new HVAC system is installed properly so that you can enjoy the benefits of higher energy efficiency.
Contact us today to find out more: (909) 392-2202.