With spring settling in and summer just around the corner, we have come to the time of year here in Phoenix when home electrical bills start getting very, very expensive. Most homeowners are engaged in a never-ending battle to keep their electrical bill in check. The problem is, they don’t really know the best way to do this. Here at Parker & Sons, we have found out that many people maintain a number of misconceptions regarding their home energy use. Clearing up these misconceptions can go a long way towards saving us all big on our summer energy bills.
Knowing Where the Power Goes
Thanks to research performed by leading energy companies, we know exactly where all the power in the home goes. As it turns out, most homeowners don’t really understand. In fact, we like to call this “The Great Misunderstanding.” Homeowners tend to overestimate the amount of power used by small and medium appliances and underestimate the amount of power used by major appliances. Small and medium appliance include even things like televisions and computers.
In most homes, almost 80% of the power is used by the HVAC unit, the washer, the dryer, the dishwasher, and the water heater.
Learning the Lesson
So, now that we really know where all the power is going, we can start learning some lessons and working to improve our energy efficiency. All of these major appliances are available in HE (High-Efficiency) models. Owning an HE model will reduce the amount of power your home uses. Additionally, maintenance of major appliances such as HVAC units can improve their energy efficiency. You can also learn more effective ways of using your appliances, such as optimal ways to run the washing machine and dishwasher. Every little bit helps. Of course, just because your small/medium appliances are not massive energy hogs, doesn’t mean you can work on energy efficiency with them as well.