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PosiGen works to have a positive financial impact on communities by promoting energy independence. With our solar power installations, your home can create power. The next step is lowering your energy consumption by saving energy. Here are a few tips for lowering your energy bill.
Reduce Heating and Cooling Costs
Heating and cooling make up most of the cost of your energy bill. Reduce your consumption by changing your AC filter once per month, scheduling annual heating and cooling maintenance visits, and adjusting the overall temperature in your home. In the winter, program your thermostat to 68 degrees when at home, and 63 degrees when you're asleep or gone. In the summer, program your thermostat to 73 degrees when at home, and 78 degrees when you're asleep or gone. Make sure you keep all windows and doors closed when your AC is on. Also, a good alternative to running your air conditioning all season long is to utilize your ceiling fans to feel cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Turn fans off when you are not in the room.
Lower Electricity Use
If it has a plug, it uses electricity. Practice better conservation of your use of electricity by unplugging devices like your computer, cell phone charger, and coffee maker when you are not using them. Also, try using a power strip for your entertainment systems. A smart power strip senses when your TV is off and turns everything else off, too. Electricity can also find its way out through appliances like your refrigerator. Try setting the refrigerator temperature to 37 degrees and the freezer to 0 degrees, and clean the filter coils at least once a year. Be sure to close your refrigerator and freezer doors as soon as you find what you need.
Save On Water Heating
It takes energy to heat water. Using less hot water (without trying too hard) saves energy. A few ways to lessen your personal consumption include vowing to take shorter showers—under seven minutes, if possible; washing your clothes in cold water; or filling sinks with hot water and turning off faucets while shaving or washing your face. You can also make your entire home more green by setting your hot water temperature to 120 degrees, insulating your hot water pipes and water heater, installing low-flow aerators on sinks, choosing high-efficiency showerheads, or installing a rainwater cistern to provide water for your plants.
There are several methods for lowering your level of energy consumption, some of which you can learn about through a home energy audit. The more you know about your home, the more you can do to take care of it. Monitoring your energy consumption makes way for more money in your pocket and a more efficient, comfortable home.