Nowadays we’re all surrounded by modern electronics which make life easier and homes more comfortable. Unfortunately, all of this modern technology can take a toll on your energy bills. The first step in getting your energy costs back to a reasonable amount is to check the house for energy vampires. These energy-sucking vampires come in the form of standby power electronics and home appliances in need of service.
Standby power electronics
Many small home electronics continue to draw power when they’re not in use, including coffeepots, toasters, televisions, stereos and computers.
One of the best ways to reduce wasted energy is to ensure these standby power devices are not continuing to draw power even when they are off. Plug electronics into power strips equipped with an on/off switch. At night or when electronics are not in use, click the switch to off, ensuring the devices don’t continue to draw unnecessary power. Power strips also provide you with protection against an electronic surge. Upgrade items to Energy Star-rated appliances for additional energy savings.
Another likely energy vampire is your HVAC system. Without regular maintenance and cleaning, HVAC systems run less efficiently, using more energy to operate. Start by cleaning or replacing all filters to improve airflow. Also, cut down any grass, shrubs or plants within two feet on all sides of the air conditioning unit. These plants prevent adequate airflow and cause the system to work overtime. Next, contact a trusted HVAC contractor for an inspection. Have your contractor:
For more information about HVAC maintenance and energy vampires, contact Powers Heating & Air, serving residents in and around the Peachtree City area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy vampires and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.