8 Ways to make your Las Vegas home more energy efficient.
Vegas Summers can be extremely hot, and our Winters can get very cold as you know. With temperatures getting more extreme each year, it's critically important to make some changes to make your home more energy efficient so you can keep more of your hard earned cash. Here is a list of ways you can make your home more energy efficient and save some serious money!
Lower your thermostat when you're not home.
A great habit to get into is lowering your thermostat when you're away at work by a few degrees. Leaving your thermostat higher to keep it nice and cool when you arrive home sure is comfortable, but it causes your energy usage to stay high all day. With new technology there are even ways to automate this process so you can have it kick back in a few minutes before you get home. Dropping the temperature just a few degrees during your work day can save you a lot over the course of a year or more!
Seal your home's windows.
Drafty windows can be a silent energy vampire in your home, especially in the Las Vegas heat during the Summer. Even small air leaks in your windows can cause your air conditioning system to work harder than it needs to. You can use silicone caulk over cracks in your dry wall or use shrink film for your windows. Consider hiring a professional to diagnose air leaks in your windows, but there are inexpensive ways to do it yourself.
Shorten your shower time or get a low flow shower head.
Sure, taking a long hot shower in the morning can feel amazing, but your water bill will take a serious hit. To cut costs on your water bill, consider timing your showers or just not staying in so long. Another money saving option is to invest in a low flow shower head. They typically use around 2.5 gallons per minute, while standard shower heads can use up to 5 gallons per minute!
Install efficient toilets.
Toilets use 30%-40% of the water used in homes and present the biggest opportunity to save water. swapping your toilets for more cost effective, lower gallon alternatives can cut some serious water usage and it will pay off in your water bills.
Clean the lint trap in your dryer after every use.
An inefficient dryer can suck up a lot of energy usage. One way to minimize the energy used when drying clothes is to make sure you clean out the lint trap after every load. Every few years, make sure you hire a professional to clean the dryer vent on the back of the unit. These dryer vents can collect a large amount of lint and fuzz, which can not only make your dryer work harder than it needs to, but can also cause home fires that can be devastating to your family and investment. Call us today to for a professional dryer vent cleaning and ensure your dryer is running at maximum efficiency while avoiding nasty fires!
Use cold water when washing laundry.
90% of the energy used when washing a load of clothes comes from heating the water. If you have a large family this can mean a lot of extra energy usage, so consider using cold water for loads that don't need hot or warm water and you'll see a nice impact on your monthly energy bill.
Unplug chargers and electronics you're not using.
Plugged in phone and computer chargers that aren't being used are actually STILL using energy! Crazy right? Think about all the chargers and electronics your family currently has plugged in but aren't being used. Make sure to limit the amount of electronics and chargers that are plugged in when not in use or opt for a smart outlet! A quick Google or Amazon search for "smart outlets" will give a bunch of nice choices. Smart outlets can be set up with your phone to automatically be turned off when you're at work and you can check on them with simple smartphone apps. We love our smart outlets and you will too once you see how amazing this new technology is.
Have your air ducts professionally cleaned every 4-6 years.
With all the Las Vegas dust storms we tend to get in the Summer, it's important to ensure your home's air vents don't get too clogged, causing a large strain on your home air conditioning unit. The less your ac unit has to work during our scorching Las Vegas Summers the more money you'll save on your energy bill each and every month! Call us today and we'll give you a free estimate for air duct cleaning. We'll do a thorough cleaning and sanitization, as well as give you a free dryer vent inspection and you'll also receive free ceiling fan cleaning with every air duct cleaning job.
Call us today for your dryer vent and air duct cleaning needs. We serve all areas of Las Vegas including Henderson, Summerlin, Spring Valley, Enterprise, Blue Diamond, Paradise, and more!