Don’t Let Your Heating System Become an Energy Vampire

Heating SystemsDo you know how to spot an energy vampire? They’re sneaky phantoms that could be lurking in every room of your house, draining energy at this very moment. From old appliances to inefficient heating systems, energy vampires consume power even when they’re on stand-by mode or turned off. Since they’re infamous for wasting power, you can also expect that they’re going to drain your wallet at the same time.

Here are some tips on how you can spot the signs of a household energy vampire and boost the efficiency of your heating system for good.

Common Household Energy Vampires

The typical American home has about 40 products that are continuously drawing power at one time. According to the Department of Energy, vampire loads are responsible for approximately 5% of the energy consumed in the United States.

If it has a plug, it’s probably draining electricity (even when it’s switched to the “off” position). Common culprits include cellphone chargers, coffee makers, TVs, computers, surround sound systems, printer, power tools, microwave and gaming systems.

Try this: Turn off the lights at night and look for any standby lights on electronics. These lights indicate that your electronics are sitting in “low-power” mode, just waiting for the chance to jump back into action whenever your little heart desires. But this is also a telltale sign that your power is slowly draining, even though it’s not being used.

The good news is that YOU have the power to keep excess energy waste at bay. Try these simple tips to start saving energy immediately.

Unplug It.

If you have an electronic device plugged in continuously, but don’t use it regularly, just unplug it. Until you need it. Think about it, from your microwave, coffee pot and oven, how many clocks do you really need in your kitchen, anyway?

Enter Energy-Savings Mode.

If you have the option to put a device into sleep mode, rather than leaving it on all the time, you can lessen its overall energy use. And if you’re away or asleep, power it down.

Use Power Strips.

With a simple flick of a switch, you can turn off many electronics at once. Hook it up to a light switch and you can make your life even easier.

Stop Drafts.

Not all energy vampires have a plug. When it comes to energy lost in the home, air leaks are a big culprit. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, you can save as much as 10 percent on your total energy bills(20 percent of your heating and cooling costs) each year by properly sealing and insulating your home.

Upgrade.

From a failing heating system to an outdated refrigerator, home appliances may be endlessly running up your energy bills. When the time comes to replace your old appliances, do your research on newer, energy-efficient options. Look for the Energy Star label which can save the average home 30 percent on energy expenditures.

Maximize Heating System Efficiency

One of the best ways to maximize heating system efficiencies is to schedule a furnace tune-up. With regular preventative maintenance on your HVAC, you can increase efficiencies, and prevent unnecessary repair costs.

Read more on our blog, “Cold Snaps! Is Your Heating System Ready?” to learn how to check your furnace for signs of wear and tear and call us at 732-741-0694 to schedule an appointment today.