Maintenance Tricks That Save Money and Energy at Home.

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We all want to save money when it comes to our homes. gives us 7 tricks to not only save money, but to also save time.  According to the government's Energy Star program, the average family spends $1,900 a year on utility bills.

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1. Dust and clean appliances

Cleaning the debris out of the vents, grates, and coils of your appliances such as the dishwasher, exhaust vent, washing machine, and refrigeratorwill help their efficiency and performance. In fact, cleaning the coils of a refrigerator can reduce the amount of energy it uses by up to 30%, according to the Consumer Energy Center.


2. Give your dryer a break

Consider drying your laundry outside on a clothesline instead of using the dryer. You also might want to delay using your washer until the evening to avoid generating extra heat in your home during the day. If you have to use the dryer, reduce the drying time.


3. Circulate with ceiling fans

Dust off and direct those ceiling fans in a counterclockwise direction. The circulation of the airflow can save you up to $165 in energy costs over the fan's lifetime, according to Energy Star ceiling fans, on average, circulate air with 20% more efficiency than noncertified models, so keep that in mind if you're in the market to buy a new one.

If possible, use a ceiling fan instead of your air conditioning to save on your energy bill. The cost of using an air conditioner averages 36 cents per hour of operation, but a ceiling fan costs roughly a penny per hour of use, according to Angie's List.


4. Check the air conditioner

Give your air conditioner a maintenance check, and have it serviced before the hot summer months hit. The Department of Energy says replacing a dirty air filter can reduce your air conditioner's energy consumption by up to 15%.


5. Seal air leaks

Reducing air leaks can cut about 10% of an average household's monthly energy bill, saving up to $200 a year in heating and cooling costs, according to Energy Star.

Seal any air leaks around your home with expandable foam. You can buy the foam from your local hardware store or online for a few bucks.

Proper ventilation and airflow also reduce the chance for mold growth “whether it’s from leaky ducts or condensation in your attic and crawl spaces,” says Enoch Lenge, energy efficiency specialist for Eversource Energy in Hartford, CT.


6. Install low-flow nozzles

Save water and lower your bill by installing a low-flow nozzle to your shower head and lawn hose. According to Energy Star, using a 2.5 gallon-per-minute, low-flow shower head during a 10-minute shower will save about 5 gallons of water. 


7. Adjust your water temperature

 Turning down the high setting on your water heater will save you money and extend the life of your heater. Make sure your water heater is set to no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.


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Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
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These are all great tips for everyone to follow. Thank you for posting. 

Jun 26, 2018 07:28 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Paul. These are good tips and worth doing. Thanks for sharing. Bye.

Jun 26, 2018 07:29 AM #2
Carol Williams
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Hi Paul,

All great tips for maintenance.  Seems simple enough but probably not done as often as they should be. 

Jun 26, 2018 02:45 PM #3
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