Arizona is a beautiful place to live, especially in the North Scottsdale Community of Grayhawk Homes for Sale, with fantastic weather nine months out of the year. But let’s face it: it gets HOT in the summer. We even have some very, very cold nights in winter. Do you want to know the best ways to save on that utility bill? If so, check out these tips and make improvements that will contribute to your energy bottom line while at the same time making our planet healthier and cleaner in Grayhawk Real Estate, and all of North Scottsdale.
-Cook with your microwave. It uses two-thirds less energy than your stove.
-Use your dishwasher! It uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Then let dishes air dry to save even more.
-Keep that refrigerator FULL. Having lots of food in your fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open. Your fridge doesn’t have to work as hard to stay cool.
-Turn up your thermostat. Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees or off when you are away. Using ceiling fans allows you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement will cool the room.
-Use your appliances wisely. APS and SRP both have energy saving programs that you can pick and choose to best suit your lifestyle. Most of them involve avoiding running your appliances during peak hours, from 4 pm to 6 pm—but there are many energy saving plans to consider.
-Always use cold water to rinse your clothes in the washing machine and try to use only the warm or cold water setting for washing. Avoid using the hottest setting when possible. Line dry clothes whenever you can in Grayhawk Homes for Sale. When you do need to run the dryer, run full loads and clean the dryer lint trap after each use.
-Reduce the operating time of your pool filter, and only run the filter at night, during off peak hours.
-Turn off all appliances when not in use (this includes lights, computers, t.v.’s)
-If you can live without that spare refrigerator in the garage, it is estimated you will save up to $150 per year!
-Consider going solar. The Grayhawk Homes for Sale community is the perfect place for solar panels to be extremely efficient. Depending on the size of your home, the initial investment can be a bit costly. However, the government does offer rebates and over time, whatever you pay for your solar panel system will most certainly be paid for by the reduction in your electricity bills.
Denise Serro/Guest Blogger
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