We all have bad habits we’d like to break. Unfortunately, many of our bad habits waste energy, resulting in higher utility bills. If you’re a Galveston, Texas, homeowner looking to cut costs, here are a few bad energy habits you need to break.
Standing in Front of an Open Fridge
Leaving the fridge door open while you try to figure out what to have for lunch wastes energy. More than that, the longer you leave it open, the harder the appliance has to work to keep itself at the proper temperature. The same applies to the freezer door. Keep a mental note of what’s in the refrigerator and avoid leaving the doors open for longer than necessary.
Leaving Electronics Plugged In
It’s so easy to leave your laptop or cell phone charger plugged in, even when you don’t need it, but leaving electronics plugged in adds extra charges to your energy bills. This phenomenon is so common, in fact, that plugged-in electronics are referred to as “energy vampires.” One easy solution is to use a power strip with an on/off switch. This allows you to keep your electronics plugged in, but you can easily flip the switch when not in use, saving you energy and money.
Leaving Ceiling Fans on When You’re Not in the Room
You may think the ceiling fan helps keep your room cool, but ceiling fans actually have a wind chill effect that only works on your skin. The fan’s breeze blows across your skin, helping it feel cooler than the room actually is, so you only benefit from its cooling power when you’re in the room. Rather than leave the fans running when you’re not there, turn the fan off and allow the air conditioner to do its job.
Maintaining your home’s systems can also reduce costs. Ensure your HVAC system is working efficiently by calling Davis Air Conditioning & Heating at 888-710-5530. Our services and products can help reduce your energy usage and cost right away.
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