Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tips for Energy Savings This Summer

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Tips provided by the Happy Home Experts at hhgregg
 
Summertime has arrived – along with playing outdoors, swimming in the sun and making sure your family has a blast all the while. Vacations and other unforeseen expenses can make summer hard on the family budget, so don’t waste any more money than necessary on your energy bill. The Happy Home Experts at hhgregg have put together some tips on how to save energy (and money!) in your home this summer:

Minimize your AC’s workload
During the summer when heat is the enemy, your air conditioning system is driving the getaway car. Replacing your air conditioning filters monthly gives your AC a break from working so hard to force air through a dirty system. If you use a window unit, a more energy efficient AC unit is worth the investment from an energy-usage standpoint, and can cost as little as $99.

Switch to countertop cooking
Everyone knows using the oven during the summer is a sure-fire way to heat up the house, but did you know that a microwave uses a whopping 2/3 less energy than your stove? Using your microwave or toaster oven will cut back on cooking time and save you money – all while keeping your kitchen cool.

Ditch the dishrag
Summer get-togethers tend to create more dirty dishes than your kitchen can handle. While it may seem smarter to hand wash each cup and plate, running the dishwasher actually uses less water. A full load of dishes cleaned and set out to dry will save you loads of time and water. Newer, Energy Star-rated dishwashers use less water and energy than older models – and if you’re looking to upgrade a major appliance, hhgregg is currently offering 30 percent off storewide for its Fourth of July sale, now through July 5.

Cool down your water
Did you know heating water could account for as much as 25 percent of the energy used in your home? Turning your water heater’s thermostat down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit will substantially decrease the amount of energy being soaked up – and it will also lower you and your children’s risk of burn injury from overly hot water.

Unplug for the day
If your home has a large number of appliances and electronics, a power strip will be your saving grace this summer. You will save energy by using a power strip - whether it fuels a single laptop or your entire entertainment system – and shutting it off when you leave for the day. Those appliances won’t be used for the day, so their energy shouldn’t be, either. A powered-down surge protector will greatly reduce standby energy consumption.

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