Valentine’s Day may be just what it says: a day. But you can show your house (and your budget) some love by treating your appliances with a little more TLC. Well-maintained appliances mean improved home efficiency and lower energy bills. Here are some ways to show you care.
Clean the Refrigerator
A clean refrigerator is an efficient refrigerator. As you open up space between items, the air can move more freely through the unit for better cooling. Vacuuming the coils beneath the appliance also promotes efficiency. You’ll love the lower utility bills and your newfound sense of organization.
Invest in a Regulator
As cities grow and expand, they have to increase the water pressure in the main lines. That growing pressure coming into your home leads to worn fixtures. Water bills also rise because it’s harder to limit the flow of water. With a regulator, the pressure coming into your home is reduced and controlled. Fixtures last longer and your water bill will drop. You may not see an immediate difference, but you’ll appreciate the improvements in the future.
Adjust the Thermostat
Get your loved one a cozy fleece robe or throw blanket for the couch and lower the thermostat a few degrees. It could mean a dramatic change in your energy bill. Also, you can make your furnace more efficient without touching the temperature by putting in a new air filter. This improves airflow, reduces strain, lowers the bill and helps the unit last longer.
Run Smaller Loads
Your washer and dryer don’t work efficiently when they’re overloaded. Run smaller loads to limit the wear and tear and ensure that clothes get clean and dry the first time around. Your family may not appreciate the change initially, but in the end it will lead to less work and frustration.
Break out the Vinegar
Show your dishwasher some love with a bottle of vinegar. Put the vinegar in the soap dispenser and run the machine when it’s empty. The vinegar clears out hard water build-up and residue from soaps. This allows the machine to work more effectively, and you’ll see cleaner glasses are and silverware that sparkles. An added bonus is that the system won’t have to run as frequently, so you’ll save on water and energy.
Show your home the love this Valentine’s Day with these easy, energy-saving tactics. Your budget will reap the reward as utility usage and bills shrink. Your appliances will also last longer, meaning added savings in the future.
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