Slay Energy Vampires This Record-Setting Winter with These Tips
Posted on March 27, 2014
Energy vampires can suck energy savings right out of your home any time of year. In the winter, heating systems can drive up the energy bills; in the summer, running the A/C all day will drive up energy use too. In Wichita, energy vampires are especially prevalent during the winter, robbing you of heat, efficiency, comfort, and savings. With the right head-start you can kill these energy vampires before they leave their marks.
Be mindful of phantom power loads. When you turn off appliances they may not actually be off. If there are any power lights still on or even if there is still just power flowing to the device it can still actually be consuming energy. Computers, video game consoles, laptops, TVs and other home electronics can have phantom power loads. The best way to make sure you eliminate these energy vampires is to fully shut down and unplug electronics when you are not using them.
Programmable thermostats are also great ways to save energy and money during the brutal winter months and year-round. With a programmable thermostat you can set the max temp and also set timers to control highs and lows so if you leave the house you won’t have to worry about leaving the heat running. Replacing that old manual thermostat with one that offers such automation can do wonders for managing your indoor comfort and lowering your electricity bill.
Keep your heaters, furnaces, boilers, and all pieces of equipment cleaned and properly maintained as well. Clogged, dirty, or damaged equipment will not run efficiently and can really end up costing you a lot. Energy vampires thrive on neglect and procrastination, so make sure you stay on top of maintenance and you trust only the professionals at Comfort Service.
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