Energy Savings for Loads of Laundry

Is your laundry costing you extra money each month? It might seem like an odd question, but laundry is definitely a possible energy hog that you might not have noticed.

Washing machines and dryers use a colossal amount of energy to wash and dry clothes, but there are ways to reduce this energy consumption while still getting your clothes nice and clean.

Temperature

Most of the time, a cold temperature setting will take care of your clothes washing needs. Be sure to use cold-water detergents to maximize effectiveness. Lower the temperature setting on your hot water tank from 140°F to 120°F.

Load Size and Composition

Always run full loads on clothes. This is the most efficient way to get a lot done with as little energy as possible. If you must wash a small load, adjust the water level appropriately. Run separate loads for heavier items, like more »

Reducing Texas Electricity Costs for Renters

Renting an apartment is often the first step for people when they leave their parents’ house.

Sometimes it may seem like the rent and expenses can drain your bank account faster than you ever thought possible, so you scrimp and save wherever you can.

The good news is that you can actually save on the utilities in your apartment and reduce your Texas electricity costs by hundreds of dollars every year.

Energy waste is often the culprit when it comes to high energy bills, and cutting that portion will make apartment living much easier.

Dispelling the Phantom Load

As long as an electrical device is plugged in, it is continually draining energy. This includes:

Chargers Computers Televisions Coffee Makers Game Consoles Printers Shredders And many, many more items

So what can you do to eliminate this energy waste?

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Saving $2 Trillion by 2030 on Texas Electricity Bills

New and updated standards for appliances and electrical equipment have come into play over the years, and each standard increases the efficiency of our electronic equipment.

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has been the forefront of these new and updated standards.

As of 2009, BTO has implemented 42 standards, including new and updated ones, which are estimated to save a projected $543 billion in utility costs for consumers all over the United States through 2030.

Just in 2015, consumers saved $63 billion on utility costs thanks to the new and updated standards.

The savings doesn’t just stop at saving money. Additionally, we could reduce carbon emissions by 2.3 billion metric tons through that same time period.

BTO estimates that the operating costs savings of the utilities in the U.S. will reach $2 trillion by 2030 using all of the standards that have been implemented since 1987.

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From Magazines to Movies to Your Home: The History of AC

Air conditioning has become a necessity in our lives, especially in recent years as climate change continues to affect temperatures all over the world.

Have you ever considered what life would be like without air conditioning? Or perhaps how it came about?

Origins of Air Conditioning

A Florida physician by the name of Dr. John Gorrie postulated that some diseases like malaria could be avoided with adequate cooling of patients in hospitals. In 1851, he was granted a patent to construct a device that would artificially cool a room using a horse, water, and either wind driven sails or steam.

The device was a compressor and became the groundwork for what would become air conditioning.

Unfortunately, the device failed, mainly due to the chief financial investor dying before Dr. Gorrie could effectively market the device.

How Magazines Saved the Air Conditioner

Over half a century later in

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Improving Energy Efficiency One Room at a Time

Each room of your home can yield some energy savings by focusing on the right areas.

Basement / Garage

Water Heater: Lower the temperature on your water heater from 140°F to 120°F and insulate the tank and hot water pipes to maximize energy savings with hot water. HVAC System: Replace the air filter for your HVAC system every one to three months as needed to keep airflow at its peak. Washer / Dryer: Run full loads as often as possible and run successive loads to maintain as much consistent heat as possible. If you need to run partial loads, adjust the water level and drying times accordingly. Dehumidifier: Using a dehumidifier to maintain a relative humidity between 30% and 50% within your basement or garage will keep equipment working efficiently.

Living Room

Lighting: Remember to turn off lights when you aren’t using them. Replacing your most used more »

How to Keep Cool Without Increasing Your Energy Bill

Want to know the best way to reduce your Texas electricity bill? As we start moving toward the fall and cooler temperatures, you can reduce the energy use of your home by adjusting the temperature on your thermostat for various times of the day.

It is best if you have a programmable thermostat, as it will automatically adjust the temperature throughout the day so you never have to worry about forgetting to set it.

Ideal Temperatures from Spring to Fall

According to Energy Star, the ideal setting for your home during the warmer months is 78°F while you are at home and awake.

Keeping your internal temperature as close as possible to the external temperature is the key to saving energy. The higher your thermostat is set, the easier it will be for your HVAC system to maintain it.

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Maintaining Cheap Electricity with a Home Energy Audit

How can you get the most out of your home? What is the best way to make your Texas home energy efficient? How do you start?

Much of our homes’ electricity usage comes from air conditioning and heating. Climate control accounts for about half of your total energy usage year round.

Making your home more efficient by tackling air leaks and HVAC efficiency will save energy, and therefore, money.

So, how can you find out where the air leaks are and the best way to address them?

With a home energy audit.

Home Energy Audit Tools

A home energy audit uses various tools to determine how efficient your home is, both by analyzing air leaks and finding areas of wasted electricity.

Some of the tools used during a home energy audit include:

Infrared Camera to find air leaks or light insulation Digital Probe Thermometer to quickly check more »

Cheap Electricity in Texas with Solar Water Heating

Want to save some money on your Texas electricity bill? One way that’s been growing in popularity in recent years is solar water heating.

Conventional water heating systems rely on gas or electrical power to heat water in a massive tank. Once heated, the tank then attempts to maintain the set temperature for all the water in there.

This can be a very costly endeavor, especially when the tank remains set at the factory default of 140°F. Most people don’t realize they can save money on electricity by decreasing the temperature.

But what if you didn’t have to pay for the electricity being used to heat the water? That’s where solar water heating systems come in.

Active vs. Passive Solar Water Heaters

One thing you’ll need to determine is the kind of water heater you want to install. Do you want an active system or a passive

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The 5 Best Ways to Cut Energy Costs at Home

Feel like your Texas electricity bills are squeezing more money out of you than you’re bringing home? You’re not alone.

A recent survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, 64% of millennials say they are concerned about their financial expenses and 46% of them have difficulty meeting expenditure needs each month.

The source of this financial woe can come from several different areas, including food, medical, credit, and electricity expenses.

So how can you live your life and cut down on your bills?

Breathe In the Savings

Did you realize that a lot of your energy expenses come from dirt, dust, and clutter?

- A clogged air filter on your HVAC system reduces air flow, which makes the AC or heater work harder to keep your home comfortable.
– Keep furniture and other objects from blocking air vents.
– Condenser coils caked with debris make refrigerators inefficient.

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Save Money During Your Texas Vacation

Ready for a little vacation now that the weather is starting to cool a little bit? Want to get in that last little bit of summer?

What if taking a vacation could save you money?

It may sound crazy, but you can actually save money while you’re on vacation by reducing your Texas electricity use.

When going away for a week or more, follow these tips to reduce energy use while you’re gone and save yourself some money on your monthly energy bills.

Turn Up the Heat

Whenever you leave your home, your thermostat should be set outside the range in which the HVAC system turns on. If you’re going on vacation while it’s still warm out, set the thermostat to 85°F or higher to reduce how often it needs to run. It may kick the AC on a couple times, but only to remove some humidity.

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