With temperatures creeping higher, some homeowners may be noticing their utility bills rising, too. With a little know-how, it is possible to keep those bills in check during the summer heat. Following these tips should put money back in your pocketbook in no time.
When It Comes to Water Conversation, Good Habits Are Key
A great way to save on utility bills is to develop good habits for conserving water. For starters, savvy homeowners will only run the dishwasher and the washing machine once they have a full load of dishes or laundry. By running full machines less often, they use less water. To conserve even more in the kitchen, avoid over-rinsing dishes that are going into the dishwasher since most modern machines will remove food with little or no rinsing at all. When hand-washing dishes, scrubbing in a small tub of water will use less water than having the faucet run continuously. At the bathroom sink the faucet should be turned off while you suds up your hands or scrub your teeth. By following these practices, homeowners can save money on their utility bills through water conservation.
Be Water Wise Outdoors, Too
During the warmer months people often assume they should water daily to maintain a lush lawn. It is actually more beneficial to water deeply but less frequently. This approach promotes root growth, uses less water, and translates into savings.
Unlike Your Bunny Friend, Your AC Should Not Run and Run and Run
During the summer months, it pays to be smart about when and how much to use air conditioning. By installing a programmable thermostat, it is easy to monitor how much energy gets used cooling your house. It is possible to save money by keeping the temperature warmer when nobody is there or when everyone is sleeping. It is especially important to turn off the AC or set it very warm while on vacation.
Be on the Lookout for Problems
Homeowners should be on the lookout for any plumbing or air conditioning problems that would make their systems less efficient. A great place to start is with leak detection. If water usage suddenly spikes at the meter, then a leak may have erupted. It is also good idea to watch for drippy faucets and unexplained puddles of water standing outside the house. AC units run most efficiently when they have been regularly maintained. By having your unit serviced before the summer months and then again six months later, you can rest assured that it will stay in tip top shape. By following even just a few of these tips, it is possible to save on summer utility bills. At Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing we are happy to help in any way that we can. Feel free to call us for any of your plumbing or air conditioning needs.