The eternal struggle – which everyone goes through – when it comes to maximizing efficiency at home is figuring out how to keep energy bills low. Some of us are able to do it without too much hand-wringing, but a lot of times that comes at the expense of sacrificing comfort in the name of saving money. That back-and-forth tug-of-war is frustrating, but there exists a sweet spot where you can remain comfortable while also shaving some of the cost down each month.
Enacting changes to your routine or the manner in which you use electricity isn’t always the smoothest transition to make, but when that bill comes in the mail, and when the number on it is lower than it usually is, those changes become somewhat easier to stomach. Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric loves to do whatever we can to help out our Tampa neighbors, and we think these tips will help you keep those bills down. Give us a call to learn more about how we can help you become more energy-efficient!
Optimizing Your Laundry
Washing and drying our clothes requires a ton of energy – especially if the amount of people that need their laundry done is a big number – and it does so quite frequently. Unfortunately, the cost to run a washer and dryer on high heat over and over again can put quite a strain on your energy bill.
- Washing clothes on a full load will ensure you don’t waste energy running the washing machine more than is absolutely necessary, as will switching from a top-loading machine to a front-loader.
- Exclusively washing clothes with cold water saves energy – and money – and it works just as well as using hot water does. Most detergents diffuse in each temperature of water equally well.
Even though we might not pay it much mind – we can even ignore it altogether – everything we plug in cycles standby power through constantly. All our electronics, from our big TVs to the tiny phone chargers we leave in all day, use electricity even if we’re not actively using them.
The solution is easy, but it can seem annoying and perhaps even a waste of time. By unplugging everything after you’re done using it, you’ll save on energy you literally weren’t using. As the devices you unplug cease to use energy, the savings will pile up over time.
Use Your AC Efficiently
The Tampa climate isn’t kind to those who don’t wish to blast their AC all the time, but if you can afford to crank the temperature up even a little bit, you’ll reap the rewards. Raising the temperature to 76 or 78 degrees, while not always comfortable depending on humidity and other factors, can make a difference over the course of a year.
There you have it: 3 easy ways to cut the costs on your energy bills! They’re not going to make a massive difference – at least, not right off the bat – but the longer you take advantage of them, the more money you’re going to save. To find out other ways to save on your energy bill, or to have a professional come and work with you to devise other solutions, give Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric a call at (813) 524-6313! Our technicians can help turn your home into a money-saving machine.