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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

 

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