Easy Ways to Cut Costs Around the House

Interested in some easy ways to cut costs around your home? We put together some easy to do tips that will help do just that!

  • Keep closet doors closed. By checking that all closet doors are closed, you will help keep your heating and cooling costs down. By doing that it will help you avoid wasting heating or cooling areas that don’t need to be.
  • No more coffee runs. While you might enjoy that fancy latte from downtown, it seriously adds up over time. Instead buy a small coffee machine that has options to create your drink of choice.
  • No more bottled water. Fact: if you buy one pack of water every week at $5 per case, you’ll spend nearly $200 per year. That is a lot of money. If you aren’t a fan of tap water, buy a filter to attach to the faucet or a filtered pitcher.
  • Turn it down. By lowering the temperature of your water heater setting to 120 degrees you reduce your energy costs. You’ll save around $30 annually with each 10-degree reduction.
  • Shop the deals. When it’s time to buy the expensive items like the TV or furniture, make sure you do some research and shop when the best deals are available. You don’t want to end up buying an item only to find out you could have gotten it for much cheaper a month or two later.

 

General tips are taken from the below sources and are not independently verified by Champion Energy. Dollar and usage savings are estimates and are based on, but not limited to the following: home profile information, performance assumptions, third-party resources, and the average regional cost for electricity. Savings are not guaranteed, are subject to change, and may vary.

http://time.com/4063777/money-saving-tips-home/

http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-around-the-house

Tips to Prepare for Natural Disasters

Natural disasters can interrupt our lives at any time. It’s important to be prepared and have a plan in place in case your family experiences one of these emergencies. Below are 3 tips to help you prepare.

Learn the Natural Dangers Known to Your Area. For example, places like Texas or Oklahoma are known to experience tornadoes, heavy storms, and flooding. It’s important to be ready for anything that Mother Nature might throw your way.

Plan ahead for your pets. While planning ahead, don’t forget to include your furry family members also! Finding a safe space protected from rain and wind is one way to help save your pet’s life in case of a natural disaster. If you are forced to leave your pets behind, ensure they have plenty of food, water, and you have a plan to check on them as soon as it’s safe.

Avoid last minute shopping for supplies. To avoid the busy store rush, stock up in advance with bottles of water, nonperishable food, and extra clothing. Having supplies ready in the case of a natural disaster will put you a step ahead of the crowd.  Check out this great “hurricane shopping list” that Lewis Food Town put together: http://www.foodtownshopper.com/hurricane-shopping-list.html

Check out our page for hurricane preparedness below: https://www.championenergyservices.com/customer-service/hurricanes.html

Source: https://www.ready.gov/business

Which is it Wednesday: Dishwasher or Washing Machine?

The weekends are often packed with fun-filled activities but when Sunday morning rolls around, it’s time to start doing your chores. You know how important it is to finish the chores early so you can enjoy the rest of your day. You notice the stack of dishes in the sink for your dinner party the night before and the pile of laundry that needs to be cleaned for the kids before they go back to school tomorrow. Don’t start your tasks just yet, you might reconsider how you finish your chores. We reviewed how much energy each appliance typically uses.

Let’s review the wattage:

Washing Machine = 1,000 Wattage < Dishwasher = 1,500 Wattage

Take that pile of dirty clothing and throw it into the washing machine. If you are interested in saving energy, put on the dishwashing gloves and begin washing that stack of dirty dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher. If you are in a hurry to get your chores done, have someone help you dry the dishes while you wash them.

 

Sources:

https://www.donrowe.com/usage-chart-a/259.htm

https://www.daftlogic.com/information-appliance-power-consumption.htm