3. Air Conditioning and Heat
Depending on where you live, you will most likely use your air conditioner or heater to create a comfortable living environment. These tips will help you with your gas and electricity costs.
Keep the vents open as well as clean
- Did you know that there is an entire airflow system in your home that you might not know about? Bring a handyman to make sure all your vents are open and clean. If not, you could be blowing extra money trying to get colder or hotter when all you needed was a clean and open vent!
Make sure your house is getting enough airflow
- This basically means – make sure nothing is blocking your air conditioner or heater. Putting a big couch, bookcase, or shelf in the way of airflow can cause you to crank up the usage for no reason. Make sure you can use your heat and air efficiently without any blockage.
2. Laundry Machines
Doing laundry itself is an annoying task. Add the cost of doing it, and you just made created my least favorite past time. Turns out, you can make it a little more enjoyable by saving money on it on your next gas and electricity bill.
Reduce the heat level
- LG Electronics released a statement recently that heat accounts for 90% of the energy usage in laundry machines. Wash your clothes on the cold setting to seriously reduce cost. If you are really feeling stingy, forgo the dryer all together. Most of the heat is used there – try an old-school clothesline.
Don’t Overpack the Dryer
- Overpacking the dryer is very inefficient. Clothes come out half dry sometimes, and you will have the run the dryer again. A good rule of thumb is to fill up the dryer 75%, leaving the top portion for the clothes to properly dry and expand in.
Do Your Laundry at Night
- In efforts to reduce energy consumption during peak hours, many electric companies will offer discounts for running appliances at night. A high burner like laundry can save you a lot if your electric company gives out discounts! I suggest calling to make sure they do.
The principles for saving money on laundry are really similar to saving money on laundry. Basically, turn down the heat and don’t overload. Your gas and electricity company will thank you by billing your for less energy used.
Turn Down the Heat
- Most of the money spent on the dishwasher is spent on heat. Many dishwashers use a heated dry method that can be turned off. The reason the heated dry method is used is to prevent water spots and stains, but you can buy a rinsing agent. A rinsing agent will be cheaper in the long run.
Load the Dishwasher Correctly
- Stacking dishes the correct way can save you money on your energy bill. Make sure all dishes are on the bottom, all utensils are in their department with the sharp ends up, all bowls and cups on the top facing downward. This way you can promote proper water flow. Also, make sure your detergent is strong to avoid rewashing, and of course rinse off dishes before loading the washer.