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Blog Nov 12, 2013

6 Energy Savings Questions (And Their Answers)

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This technological world is full of an infinite level of complexity. So, it’s easier to just ask the question, rather than trying to figure out the whole thing on your own, right?

Check out some commonly asked energy savings questions, and learn the best action you can take (or not take):

1. Are radiators or electric heaters cheaper?

Electric heaters are one of the most expensive and inefficient forms of heating on the market. If you’re thinking about efficient cost and energy use, the best thing you can do is use a gas heating system. If you have control with thermostatic radiator valves, a room thermostat, and a timer, that allows you to even more precisely control the efficiency.

2. Do phone and laptop chargers use energy when plugged in but not charging?

Most, but not all do. The best habit to get into is to unplug them when they’re not charging. You can also plug them into a power strip and turn the strip off.

3. What are the most effective ways to reduce your energy costs?

Heating and cooling consume 60% of your utility bill, so make sure you fine-tune your heating and cooling system first. The next most important thing to do is to keep hot and cold air outside of your home. Inspect your home for leaks. Turn off appliances and lights when not in use. Also consider hiring an energy auditing service to help you identify any major areas of inefficiency.

4. If you own an electric heat pump, can you turn the thermostat down?

In general, you shouldn’t use programmable thermostats for electric heat pumps. When in heating mode, lowering the thermostat can cause a heat pump to operate inefficiently. However, you can find programmable thermostats designed especially for heat pumps, so you may experience moderate savings in that case.

5. How can you save energy washing and drying your clothes?

Newer detergents are effective at washing clothes in cold water, so that’s one possible route. Hang out the heavy items on your clothesline, such as jeans, bedspreads, blankets, rugs, and jackets. Purchase a dryer with a moisture sensor, which will not over-dry your clothes.

6. How can you save money on lighting?

If you have incandescent light bulbs, switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs. By switching just your five highest use bulbs to CFLS, you can save $50 per year on your electric bill.

Enjoy a more energy-efficient home, more money in your pocket, and a smaller carbon footprint. For more ways to save money on electricity, visit Offering cheap energy plans to suit both personal and business needs, Payless Power is a company committed to providing people not only with some of the best cheap electricity rates in Texas, but also with helpful customer service. Visit the website to learn more about how to save electricity at home, or connect with the online community on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Pinterest.

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