How To Avoid Scorching Summer Bills

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Charlotte Shaff, The Media Push



How To Avoid Scorching Summer Bills

Valley Expert Shares Fridge, Lighting and Water Measures


(PHOENIX)– As we prepare for the hottest days so far this year, Donley Service Center is sharing ways to keep your electric bills as low as possible.

How to make your fridge more efficient:

·      Keep your fridge at least one inch away from the wall

·      Set it between 30-42 degrees

·      Improve door seals by placing Vaseline along the rubber

·      Dust the coils, which you can find behind the fridge or under a panel in the front

·      Keep your freezer and fridge full to use less energy. If you’re running low on food and drinks, just fill them with gallon containers of water

How lighting changes save money:

·      Use motion detectors for outdoor lighting rather than constant use

·      Replace your most-used light fixtures or bulbs with ENERGY STAR products

·      Use CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy efficient while providing same amount of light)

·      Place lamps in corners to reflect lights from two walls

Avoid Flushing Money Down the Toilet

·      Small leaks that you can’t see can waste 10,000 gallons a year.

·      Check for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring in the tank.

·      Wait 15 minutes. If the color appears in the bowl, you have a leak.

How to use your water more efficiently

·      Washing with cold water can save 40 cents per load compared to hot water. If you like using hot water make sure it’s a full load

·      Use low-flow faucets and showerheads

·      If you’re leaving for a few days turn off your water heater. Most models will reheat about an hour after you’ve turned it back on.

·      Use an insulation wrap on old water heater

·      Install a solar water heater to save energy and cash

·      Reduce temp from 140 to 120 degrees

·      Fix the drip – they not only increase water bills but also gas or electricity use for heating wasted water

How to get the most out of you’re a/c

·      Keep blinds and drapes closed.

·      Ceiling fans will help you feel cooler, but turn them off when no one’s in the room to save energy. Make sure fans are moving counter-clockwise to push cool air down.

·      Thermostats can pick up the heat from lamps, TV’s and appliances.

·      Our dry, dusty climate can quickly clog your filter, which can lead to higher energy bills and more repairs. Clean or replace your filter every month.

·      Planting shrubs or trees can provide shade to the a/c unit, which leads to less electricity being used. But not too close or you’ll restrict airflow. Make sure the area is free of leaves, weeds and debris.

·      You won’t conserve energy by constantly changing the thermostat. Set it at the highest comfortable level and forget it. Or, try a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust for times you are away and sleeping.

Although the Environmental Protection Agency says the average air conditioner lasts 15 to 20 years, in Arizona we generally experience a shorter life span – closer to 12-15 years. While it may seem like a pretty wide span, we know that properly maintained units that are checked annually by qualified technicians last the longest and run the most efficiently during our triple digits.

About Donley Service Center

Jim and Mike Donley and their employees have been providing honest, caring service to Arizonans since 1976. Family-owned Donley Service Center has twice been honored with the Better Business Bureau’s Ethics Award. Donley technicians receive ongoing training to provide the most comprehensive service for air conditioning, plumbing, heating, sewer repair, maintenance management and solar hot water.




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