Everyone is guilty of wasteful energy habits in one way or another. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average American household currently uses over 10,000 kWh of electricity per year. This figure is equivalent to the amount of energy that can drive an electric car for over 32,000 miles. Therefore, as a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to create room for improving daily efficiency. Here are three bad energy habits that could cost you money.

Leaving the Television and Light Bulbs On

Falling asleep with your TV on or leaving the lights on after you leave a room is one of the simple things that people regularly do that can cost a great deal of money. Install a smart home system to help you monitor your lighting use.

Looking Through your Refrigerator Frequently

Those few seconds or minutes you spend staring at the interior of your fridge add up to a considerable waste of energy. Every time you open the fridge or freezer door, the light goes on and cold air escapes. The longer the door is left open, the more energy the appliance must use to maintain its ideal temperature. Develop the habit of only opening the fridge and freezer when necessary.

Forgetting to Change your Air Filters

Changing the air filters of your HVAC unit on a regular basis is very important. As your HVAC system runs, the air filters trap dirt, dust, pet dander, and other debris, which hinders the air flow of the system as the filters become more and more clogged. Replacing the air filter every three months can help reduce energy wastage in your HVAC system.

Bad energy habits can cost you much money due to wastage. You can save money by being more conscious of your bad energy habits and learning to conserve more energy. Learn more about energy savings in your home by contacting Chapman Heating and Cooling today. Give us a call at (502) 245-9240.

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