What Your Utility Bill Doesn’t Show!
How Can You Save Money?
Each month, you see the dollar signs on your utility bill and, each month, it seems like you need more money for the same comfort. Skyrocketing energy costs have hit all of us, but other things are secretly stealing money from you. But what are the real costs?
Climate control: Here’s your number one energy eater. Any season of the year, this big-ticket item consumes up to 44% of household energy use. That’s nearly one-half of your energy dollars going strictly toward maintaining the temperature in your home.
Lighting your way: After climate control, lighting and appliances – not counting the refrigerator – weigh in at 33% of the typical utility bill.
Keeping the water warm: That hot shower sure is nice, but the next time you’re tempted to turn your bathroom into a Turkish steam bath, consider this: Hot water is your 3rd biggest energy cost, consuming 14-20% of your energy bill.
Keeping the food cold: Your refrigerator – all by itself – can account for 9% of your total energy bill. Newer models are much more efficient, so if you shop for a new one, carefully review the “Energy Guide” label to see what it costs to run.
Where Can You Save?
- To lower your warm weather energy bill, start by raising temperatures. You can raise your thermostat 6°-8° F every night or when you’re away. This little trick can reduce your heating bill by 10-16%.
- Lower the temperature on electric water heaters to 120° F. Any higher than that is an energy waster and a scalding risk.
- Set refrigerator temperatures between 37°-40° F and 5° F for the freezer. To test for temperature, place a thermometer in a glass of water in your refrigerator and read after 24 hours.
- Shut off lights, computers and other electronic appliances when you’re not using them. These “non-used” items are wasting 6% of your energy dollars.
- Annual tune-ups and regular maintenance on your current system are the best ways to keep energy dollars in your pocket. Replace furnace filters every month. The dirtier they are, the harder the fan furnace works. If your system’s more than 8 years old, a newer, more energy-efficient model can start paying for itself.
Where does the money go?
We’ve got the facts and figures to help you decide if a replacement system makes good sense. Many customers think that repairing the old energy-wasting hulk is a good idea to avoid replacement cost. It’s not. Let the facts make your decision. We’d be delighted to share any information to help you.