You may not know it, but there are energy hogs all around you. All that buzzing and whirring doesn’t only mean that the appliances you use in your home are working – it also means that they are sucking down an excess amount of energy and they are causing your monthly energy bills to skyrocket. This is why it is so critical to take measures to find and identify these energy hogs, because then you will be able to do something about it. In fact, you may be surprised by some of the major culprits. Here are some energy hogs in your home that increase your monthly energy bills.
- Plugged in laptops and smartphones. Indeed, these appliances are mainly intended to be mobile, but at least once a day – or once every two days – they need to be plugged in for a charge. This would be fine, except for the fact that many of us leave these appliances plugged in for longer than they need to be plugged in. After they are done charging, they essentially become vampire appliances and suck down energy without you even realizing it. So, make sure that you unplug these vampire appliances when batteries are fully charged.
- Ceiling fans. Yes, the fan above your head that is chopping up the air and providing a fresh breeze is actually causing your energy bills to be higher. Indeed, ceiling fans are touted as being energy efficient, but the truth is that many of these units don’t have different settings, so it is continually spinning at full speed. This is effectively turning your ceiling fan into a major energy hog. So, you want to take measures to reduce your reliance on your ceiling fan.
- Air conditioners. It isn’t much of surprise that your air conditioner is a major energy hog – in the summertime, air conditioners can be the biggest energy hog of all. This is why you want to continually update and maintain your HVAC system. If you have a two in one unit, your heating system may also be an energy hog. If your system is particularly outmoded, you may need to opt for a newer more energy efficient unit. The more energy efficient your HVAC equipment is, the less of a hog it will be.
- Swimming pool filters and pumps. Indeed, if you have a swimming pool pump, it may be sucking down more energy than it is sucking up leaves and other detritus that can be left in your pool. Because these pumps have to run for long periods of time, they begin to use a lot of energy. So, you may want to think of alternative methods to keeping your pool clean.
- Refrigerators. Many people can’t imagine that modern refrigerators are that inefficient. Well, modern refrigerators may be more efficient than older models, but because your refrigerator is on at all times, it is perhaps the biggest energy waster of all. In the end, you want to make sure that you service and maintain your refrigerator – it will be more efficient and your energy bills will be lower.