If you’ve noticed that your energy and electric bills have increased over the past few months, you’re not alone. We are spending more time at home and mixing work duties with home life. From running the dishwasher more often to using electronics longer hours, being at home nearly seven days a week is sucking up a lot of energy! Here are some strategies to help you save money during the pandemic.
Don’t open that oven door!
If you open the oven door while cooking, the temperature inside can drop by more than 10 degrees. Save energy and your oven baked goods by setting a timer and only checking the food when your timer goes off. If you cook once a day, or even once for a long period of time for multiple days, you can cut down your use of the stove and oven. Don’t put hot food into the fridge right away. Let it cool before putting them in the fridge so it doesn’t have to work as hard to cool the food down.
Get that laundry spinning.
Use the highest spin speed available on your washer to shorten the drying time and remove the most moisture. To make the dryer more efficient, clean the lint screen before every load to improve air circulation and wipe off the dryer sensor, especially if you use dryer sheets. This removes any film left over. If you have one, always use the sensor to tell when a load is dry. This is more efficient than setting a timer. Moisture sensors detect the laundry’s dryness and ends the cycle accordingly.
Don’t pre-rinse: let the dishwasher do the dishes.
Skip pre-rinsing the dishes. You can save up to seven gallons of water a minute! The dishwasher uses just five gallons or less for a full cycle and many dishwashers come with a soil sensor that adjusts the cycle according to how dirty the dishes are.
Resist the urge to wash every time you have a few items to wash. Only start your dishwasher when you have a full load of dishes. If you place dishes and utensils according to the instructions in your owner’s manual, everything comes out clean in one wash so you don’t have to do it again. If you have a small household and don’t have enough dishes to run a full load after one or two meals, use the rinse and hold cycle. This will only use a couple gallons of water and will prevent food from getting caked on. When you accumulate a full load, run a full cycle. Soak pots and pans instead of rinsing them under running water.
Let the grass grow.
You don’t need to water your lawn a lot to keep it looking green and healthy. An established lawn needs only one inch of water per week during the growing season, including rain. Over-watering can actually harm your turf because the roots of the grass don’t grow deep. And too much water helps weeds grow.
If you keep your grass longer the taller blades of grass help shade the others, reducing evaporation and holding moisture instead. Don’t mow the lawn shorter than three inches. To do this, raise your lawn mower blade.
If you feel like your HVAC, plumbing, or electric systems aren’t as energy efficient as they should be, then complete our contact form or Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical at 800.461.3010. Our team of professionals can help you save money during the pandemic.