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What Are the Biggest Consumers of Energy in Your Home?

 

Conserving energy is both beneficial to the environment as a whole and to you. Finding the areas in your home that consume the most energy and taking steps to reduce that consumption can help you save money on your monthly energy bills. 

Appliances

The appliances in your home require a lot of energy. Many of the large, permanent appliances could be using energy constantly. This includes items like your refrigerator. Other big consumers include your stove, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, and more. Many of these appliances are necessary, however you can look for more efficient models. Newer appliances have been designed to use less energy. So, while they may be expensive up front, they can save you money in the long run due to their efficiency. For smaller appliances, like a vacuum for example, you can simply be more conscious of your usage. 

Heating and Cooling

Your heating and cooling system in your home is likely your biggest energy consumer. It takes a lot to regulate the temperature in your home. There are options that can reduce the amount used. Geothermal heating helps cut energy costs by up to 70%. If updating your entire system isn’t an option for you, then you should look at your overall maintenance. You can improve the efficiency of your system, and therefore reduce energy consumptions, by making sure everything is working properly. Cleaning out air ducts and replacing filters is a great way to keep your system running smoothly. 

Electronics

In this digital age, it’s impossible to run a home without the use of electronics. Many people have multiple devices including TVs, computers, laptops, tablets, phones, video game consoles, speakers, lights, and more. All of these devices use up a lot of energy while in use, but they can also be using standby energy when not in use. In order to conserve energy in your home. You should be more conscious of how you’re using electronics for media and entertainment. Taking a break or reducing the use of your electronics can help you save money and energy. It can also give you the chance to step away from electronics for a while. 

Energy usage in the home is something to be aware of. Even small changes can make a big difference. As you reduce the amount of energy you consume, you can save yourself a lot of money but you can also be more environmentally conscious.

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