Each week, we try to offer lots of great tips to help you save money on your energy bills. In this week’s post, we offer two more low cost tips about your refrigerator and shower:
Is your refrigerator running… and running and running?
Like the old joke goes, if your refrigerator is running you’d better go catch it. A refrigerator whose compressor is constantly running may have a leak in the door seal. Check the seal around the door to see if it needs to be cleaned or replaced; a door leak allows cool air to escape, forcing your refrigerator to use more energy to keep food cold. Also, check the temperature settings for efficient operation. The refrigerator temperature should be 36º-38° F and freezer temperature should be 0º-5° F. Appliances and electronics account for 20 percent of your energy bill.
Make your shower efficient.
Ever hear of the milk carton test? Open an empty, half-gallon cardboard milk carton and hold it up to the shower while it's fully on. If it fills in less than 10 seconds, your shower could use an energy efficient shower head or a flow restrictor. Flow restrictors generally cost less than a dollar, are easily inserted into your existing shower head and can cut the cost of taking a hot shower in half. The best part is that you’re not likely to notice the difference.
Saving energy doesn’t have to be difficult. Often, there are a number of simple, little to no cost home improvement projects that can make a big difference in your bills. Read our previous ideas about sealing gaps and installing ceiling fans here, and about managing hot water costs and programmable thermostats here.
What projects have you completed around your house? Share your ideas here! Or, learn more about how to save energy by visiting www.sceg.com/myenergy.