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4 Energy Saving Tips to Gobble up this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only a few short weeks away. While we can’t help with the cooking, we can provide you some energy saving tips. Check out the below tips and start using them today in preparation for the holiday.

  • Large guest list? Before your guests start arriving, lower the temperature of your thermostat by a degree or two. Large groups of people naturally generate heat so give your heating system a break.
  • One trip only. Double check your ingredients list for the meal before you open the fridge. Opening the door multiple time lets out more air and forces the compressor to work harder.
  • Keep it closed. Stop opening the door to check on your turkey and turn on the oven light. Each time you open the oven door you lose a significant amount of heat forcing you use the oven longer.
  • Cool it down. Before adding that steaming hot appetizer to the fridge, allow it to cool down first. This is let the fridge do its thing without needing to work overtime.

Source: http://www.eei.org/resourcesandmedia/energynews/Pages/12%20Energy-Saving%20Tips%20to%20Gobble%20Up%20This%20Thanksgiving.aspx

Which is it Wednesday: Water Pump or Water Heater?

Do you use more energy heating the water in your home or moving the water around your home? We reviewed the numbers to give you have a better understanding of exactly how much energy each typically uses. You might be surprised by the answer.

Let’s review the wattage:

Water Pump = 2,500 watts < Water Heater = 4,000 watts

Hmm, it appears that you will want to turn down the temperature of your water heater. Heating the water in your home accounts for a large percentage of your power bill every month. Just by lowering the temperature of your water heater from 140 degrees to 120 degrees you can save up to 22% annually! Remember that the next time you want to take a steaming hot shower.

Sources:

http://energyusecalculator.com/electricity_waterheater.htm

http://www.centralmainediesel.com/wattage-calculator.asp

https://energy.gov/energysaver/projects/savings-project-lower-water-heating-temperature

 

5 Ways to Reduce Pool Energy Costs this Summer

Now that your pool is open and being used by the family, it’s time to start thinking about your pool energy costs for the summertime fun. Being a pool owner requires times, effort, and decent chunk of change that goes into the upkeep and maintenance of the pool. We put together five ways that you may be able to cut down on pool costs, so you can enjoy your summer swims a little more.

  1. Consider investing in an energy-efficient pool pump. Depending on the size and depth of your pool, an energy efficient pump could help save you up to 45% on energy costs to keep it running. If you only use your pool on special occasions, a high-powered pump may be unnecessary and a waste of money.
  2. Put the pump on a timer. Most pool pumps don’t need to be used all the time to keep it clean and clear. By running your pump three to six hours a day, you can achieve adequate water quality without overusing the pump and wasting energy. Try it out and help save up to 60% on filtration energy usage. If you see any debris in the pool after pumping, use a skimmer to fish it out without wasting any electricity.
  3. Clear all grates and drains. Your pool system uses more energy to filter water through a clogged grate, than a clean one. So make sure to fish out debris regularly and keep the grates clear for optimal filtration and energy efficiency.
  4. Turn off heaters when the pool is not in use. There’s no point in warming the water when there’s no one who will be using the pool. When it comes time to have a splash, turn on the heater an hour before using the pool and turn it off once everyone is finished.
  5. Use a pool cover! A pool cover is the simplest way to avoid getting debris in the pool. While it may be annoying to constantly be uncovering and recovering your pool, it can help you minimize using the pump and skimmers.

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.

Sources:

http://www.swimmingpool.com/inground-pools/pool-features/energy-efficiency

http://energy.gov/energysaver/installing-and-operating-efficient-swimming-pool-pump