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Why Are My Home's Energy Costs So High?
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Residential Energy Costs

The cost of energy services can add up quickly if you're careless with your appliances and HVAC system. However, a few simple strategies can slash your bill and save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year. If your monthly bill is far higher than you'd like, one or more of the following culprits may be to blame:

  • Too many items are plugged in
  • Are all the plug-ins in your home currently occupied? How often do you actually use the appliances that are consistently plugged in? These items may be adding significantly to your energy bill.

    Unplug anything you don't use on a daily basis. If you find the act of plugging and unplugging several items annoying, be sure to invest in power strips. These allow you to turn everything off at once, and what's more, they can help you keep the cords for your appliances and electronics organized.

  • The lights and ceiling fans are always turned on
  • Take a peek inside the average home and you'll likely see several lights turned on that aren't being used. Likewise, you may encounter multiple fans in operation, even in rooms that have been empty all day. Fans only impact temperature or air quality in rooms that are occupied—a fan in operation in an empty room is just a waste of energy.

  • Your appliances need upgrading
  • Old appliances tend to use a lot of energy, so if you haven't upgraded your microwave, refrigerator, or dishwasher in well over a decade, general wear and tear may be contributing to your astronomical energy bill. New Energy Star appliances can save you a great deal, but if you're not willing to upgrade, you may be forced to settle for higher than desired energy expenses.

  • It's been awhile since your last HVAC tune-up
  • Regular HVAC maintenance does a world of good for your energy bill, as it ensures that everything runs efficiently. During bi-annual tune-ups, technicians replace air filters, test compressors, monitor airflow, and do whatever else is necessary to optimize HVAC efficiency.

From HVAC tune-ups to energy auditing, G+S provides an array of services designed to reduce your energy bill while also making your home more eco-friendly. Get in touch today to learn more about our maintenance and energy services.

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