Every month, millions of people across the country open up their energy bills and are shocked by how much they’re expected to pay. Some curse the inclement weather, while others blame their city’s high prices, but we’re here to tell you that there’s often another culprit — your less-than-energy-efficient appliances and other items that either need to be replaced or unplugged. Here are a few that we’re referring to:
As you may be aware, a refrigerator uses more energy than nearly any other appliance in the average household. They are built to last, but replacing an older unit with a modern one that’s more energy-efficient can save you money each month.
Some models of vacuum cleaner are not very energy-efficient, and even those that are should be replaced every five to eight years. If you’d like to keep your energy bills down and your air quality up, purchase a more efficient vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.
Washer and Dryer
While your 10-year-old washer and dryer might be impressive, its energy efficiency has definitely seen better days. It’s time that you replace both with newer models.
What does an old mattress have to do with higher energy bills? Well, experts contend that after several years, a typical mattress has enough bacteria and fungi to negatively affect people suffering from respiratory problems. If you’ve been spending money on running air cleaners or similar devices, your old mattress might be contributing to that.
To conclude our list, we’re going to group a bunch of smaller devices together. We’re talking about devices like your cell phone (and its charger), video game system, and computer. These items use a small amount of energy even when they are switched off. So, to take their energy usage off your bill, you need to unplug them when not in use.
For more expert advice on lowering your energy bills, or any other home comfort questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions. We’ve been serving the needs of Orlando and the surrounding areas since 1969.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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