by Beth Jones
Next it's time to take a look at your appliances usage. There are certain appliances that generate heat more so than others. The washer and dryer as well as your oven are prime candidates.
Therefore, whenever possible, use these during the cooler parts of the day such as the morning and in the evening, to keep your air conditioning from having to kick on.
If it is already hot and you are using them, the air conditioning units have to work harder using more energy to do so and costing you more.
During the winter, doing this will help you to keep your home warmer in the coldest times of the day, therefore keeping your furnace from having to work as hard and using less energy.
When washing clothing, there are some great tools to use here too for energy savings. First off, only run full loads of laundry. If you run just a few items, you are simply wasting the energy that is needed.
In addition, make sure that the weight of the object is taken into consideration. Keeping like weights together can help to reduce the amount of time that some items are needed in the dryer.
For example, if you wash towels together, which require longer periods of time to dry, you can save energy when you wash light weight t-shirts.
Another tool that has been put onto the market is cold water detergent for your washer. These chemicals claim to work well if cold water, meaning that you do not need to use as much hot water in your laundry.
Without using hot water, you lessen the demand on your hot water heater and therefore lower your costs significantly.
Keep the units working at their best. That means cleaning out the dryer filter too. There are two things to consider here. First, keep the interior filter clean by cleaning it after every load.
This allows the clothing to dry faster with each load. Second, clean the tubing that runs from the dryer to the wall clean as well. This should be cleaned out every six months for optimal use.