Reducing Home Energy Consumption in Murrieta Area
Home energy consumption is a major contributor, as energy inefficient homes waste significant amounts of energy through poor insulation, energy inefficient appliances, drafts due to improper sealing, and excessive water use.
Greater efficiency in home energy consumption can be facilitated by utilities. Connected devices that control home energy consumption can make homes more energy-efficient. By unplugging seldom-used appliances and electronics, home energy consumption can be reduced and your monthly utility bill can drop.
Reducing your energy consumption at home not only saves you money but also helps you contribute to a better and healthier environment. Residential home energy consumption is now an important component of total energy.
Are you aware of how much energy your household consumes on a regular basis? Many people are surprised to learn just how much energy they use and where most of their energy consumption originates.
The Average U.S. Home
Data recently gathered by the Energy Information Administration suggests that the average U.S. household uses 11,280 kWh per year, which is roughly 940 kWh per month. You can find your household’s monthly energy usage on your electric bill to compare your usage to the national average.
How Much Energy Do Your Appliances Use?
While everyone needs electricity for daily activities, the majority of people aren’t aware that many small household appliances often use much more energy than even some large appliances:
- Water heater – 4500 to 5500 watts
- Clothes dryer – 1800 to 5000 watts
- Dishwasher – 1200 to 2400 watts
Approximately 40 percent of home energy consumption will be used during the winter months because of the unusually cold weather. Annual maintenance of your heating and cooling systems can make a huge difference to your energy consumption. If you live in a house with forced-air heating and cooling, make sure that there are no leaks in the ducts or else your air conditioning system will have to consume more energy to overcome the air loss due to leaks and improper sealing, resulting in higher energy bills.
Managing your home’s temperature is likely the most expensive energy cost item in your home. 20% of the average American home energy bill goes toward cooling a home in summer, and 30% is consumed by heating in the winter. Those numbers mean that effectively managing your home’s temperature is one of the most important things you can do to save energy and money. Here are a few easy steps to take to manage your home’s temperature and energy consumption.
Buy an Energy Efficient Thermostat
A digital programmable thermostat is one of the best steps to take to help manage your home’s temperature. Read “Benefits of an Energy Efficient Thermostat” to understand all the details of these devices. In general, the greatest benefit of an energy efficient thermostat is that it is programmable, allowing you to schedule specific changes in temperature (heating and cooling) in your home throughout the day. This means you can be certain you’re using energy to heat or cool a house only when you most need it, rather than manually changing the temperature—and often forgetting when to change it. Take advantage of the many rebates and incentives Mass Save® offers for Energy Efficient Thermostats, including both purchasing a wireless thermostat and installing one. Read full article here.
Combined with Smart Grid, smart management of home energy consumption will help realize a greener lifestyle without intruding on day-to-day lifestyles. One way to reduce unnecessary energy costs is to invest in a few home automation upgrades.
Not that long ago, the term “smart home” was used to describe lavish abodes with top-of-the-line devices and expensive embellishments reserved only for moguls. But with wireless technology on the rise, these products are becoming more accessible to the rest of us and, thus, quickly growing in popularity among homeowners. Smart technology not only affords tremendous convenience, but it could also help you save on energy bills.
Most U.S. homes are fairly inefficient when it comes to energy usage, as Americans spend a whopping $241 billion on energy a year, according to The U.S. Department of Energy. That comes out to about $2,100 per household. But one way to optimize energy consumption—and thereby shave down utility bills and mitigate our carbon footprint—is to implement a few home automation features. See more here.
Time to audit your home energy consumption
Saving money on energy output, water usage, and heating/cooling costs don’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. By making some of these small but effective changes, you can drastically reduce your energy consumption and save money on your utility bills each month. But in the spirit of energy savings, the best approach is to make any upgrades you decide to implement an efficient transformation.
Are you looking for ways to save money on your electric bill? Are you looking to reduce your energy consumption? Do you know how much your appliances are spiking your electric bill? Don’t wait to find out, make an appointment with RJL Contracting or Call us now (951) 805-1262 today.
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