Many homeowners have bad energy consumption habits and don’t even know it. While you may turn off the lights and work to conserve water, you may not realize which of your other actions continue to contribute to high utility bills in your Sarasota, Florida, home. Being aware of poor energy consumption habits is the first step toward improving efficiency and savings in your home. Try correcting a few of the following problems to tackle high energy bills.

Setting Extreme Temperatures

The Department of Energy recommends that you set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter while you’re at home. These settings help you to consume less energy when heating and cooling your home. They might not work for everyone, but instead of altering the recommended settings, try a few tricks like using ceiling fans with your air conditioner to help with cooling. Dress appropriately in the cold months to resist the urge to increase the thermostat’s setting.

Neglecting to Unplug Devices

Does your computer, cable box, TV, or game console stay plugged in when you’re not using it? Electronics that are left plugged in continue to consume energy even when they’re not turned on. Remember to unplug devices or use a power strip with an on/off switch to make things easier.

You Rely on Old Appliances

Old appliances aren’t energy-efficient. No matter how well they’ve held up, they lose efficiency as they age. Also, advances in technology have created more energy-efficient models that put the old ones to shame. Whether you have an old refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, or HVAC system, investing in a new one might cost you more up front, but it will save you money in the long run.

We want you to be comfortable in your home without having to spend a lot each month to power your HVAC system. We provide repair and maintenance services that increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems from season to season. Contact the technicians at Custom Air, Inc. if you have any questions about how to reduce energy waste and increase comfort and savings. Give us a call at 888-856-4507. We are waiting to assist you.