Energy efficiency means using less energy, reducing your home’s energy waste, and saving money. To effectively increase your energy efficiency involves more than just using less energy – it requires you becoming aware of how energy is used, where it’s wasted, and how it can be used more effectively and efficiently in everyday life. Here are some top tips to help your home or business save energy and be more efficient.

Reduce hot water temperature.

Set your water heater to the “normal” setting or 120, unless the owner’s manual for your dishwasher requires a higher setting. Savings are 7-11% of water heating costs. 

Use the right amount of cold water when washing clothes.

About 16% of an average home energy bill goes toward heating water. Most detergents perform better in cooler temperatures. Be sure to set the water level appropriately for the size load that’s being washed.  

Take a five-minute shower instead of a bath.

Take a five-minute shower instead of a bath to reduce hot water consumption. 

Use your ceiling fan.    

Ceiling fans help keep you comfortable not only in the summer. If your biades are still reversed from the winter, flip the direction of the blades so it pushed cooler air down into the room. Fans should turn clockwise in the summer and counter-clockwise in the winter. 

Keep vent space clean & clear.

Make sure heating registers, vents and cold air returns are not blocked by draperies, furniture or rugs. In fact, keep then closed or blinds turned facing upward during the summer to help keep your home cool. 

If you’re looking for additional savings for your home, visit Energy Star and begin by entering your zip code. 

If you’re interested in Hobson Plumbing & Heating performing any of your Plumbing/HVAC inspections in order to increase savings, contact us today to schedule an appointment.