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Energy Horrors Lurking In Your Home

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As we gear up for Halloween this weekend, it might be a good time to learn about some of the everyday ‘horrors’ that are lurking in your home.

If you are looking to reduce your electricity bill, here are 5 energy-horrors that you should take a look at:

More than half of homes have at least three TVs, making it a growing part of your energy use in your home. Although newer models are more energy-efficient, they have also gotten larger, which offsets the energy savings you assume you are getting. Take advantage of sleep timers and limit your TV usage when possible.

Personal Computers
With the rise in online streaming of videos, computers are an increasing piece of the energy pie. Make sure you have sleep mode set up for when you are not using your device to help save on usage.

Video Game Consoles
Game consoles have grown in popularity over the years, so it’s not surprising that they are contributing similarly to the electric bill. Power them down when they are not in use.

Battery Chargers
Everyday devices, such as cell phones and power tools, operate on battery power. Very often, these chargers are not unplugged after they are done being used. Consider plugging in battery chargers to a power strip and flipping it off when not in use.

Old Appliances
Inefficient appliances hog a significant amount of energy. Upgrade your most frequently used appliances, such as your refrigerator and furnace, to ensure that you are doing all that you can to conserve on utility usage.

Upgrading your HVAC system, which can consume up to 50% of your utility usage, is the best way to conserve energy. If your furnace is older than 12 years old, it may be time to consider replacement. Call us today or request an estimate online and learn more about high-efficiency solutions for your home.

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