Your everyday chores are probably a matter of habit and something that you do without much thought. However, making a few thoughtful tweaks to these routines can have a positive impact on your home’s energy efficiency. Lighten the load on your utility bill by making some small changes to the way you manage everyday tasks around your Corpus Christi, Texas, home.
Wash Laundry on Cold
The cold setting will keep your clothing as clean as warm water while saving energy. Your water heater won’t have to work as hard when you’re using cold water for your clothing. To further maximize your energy savings, make sure you’re filling the washer and dryer. It is more energy efficient to wait until you have a full load.
Avoid Midday Jobs
Reschedule your chores so you’re not working in the heat of the day. Running a dishwasher, washer, or drying during the middle of the day will make your home even hotter than it already is. This forces your air conditioner to work harder than usual to keep things comfortable. Physical chores can also leave you feeling sweaty and tempt you to turn down the air, so try working during a cooler part of the day to avoid this hazard.
Wash Dishes by Hand
Doing dishes by hand uses less water and electricity, making it an efficient choice if you want to live a little greener. If the hassle of doing all your dishes by hand sounds like a little too much, you can reach an easy compromise. Wash large pots, pans, and bowls by hand to save space in your dishwasher. These behemoths can fill half a rack easily. If you scrub just these items yourself, you’ll have more room to fill the rest of your dishwasher will smaller items, reducing the total number of loads.
Looking for more ways to increase energy efficiency at home? Contact Bodine-Scott at (888) 481-8511 for an annual HVAC tune-up or home energy audit to keep things operating as green as possible.
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