An Audit You’ll Appreciate: Save Money by Tackling Vampires, Drafts and Dishes

An Audit You’ll Appreciate: Save Money by Tackling Vampires, Drafts and Dishes

During tax season most of us try to avoid audits, but an energy audit can really pay off. So can going after vampire power and just saying “no” to hand washing the dishes.

Here are 3 ways to save money and energy, courtesy of family-owned Donley Service Center:

Conduct an energy audit

  • Pinpoint air leaks by closing windows and doors and turning off every fan in the house. Hold an incense stick next to suspected leaks. If smoke blows sideways, you have a leak. Using caulk or weather stripping can save 10 to 20% off heating and a/c bills. According to the U.S. Department Energy that totals $86 to $166 per year.
  • Fixing a leaky faucet can save $35 per year. One drip per second wastes 1,661 gallons.
  • Replacing an older toilet that uses 6 gallons per flush with a WaterSense model can save $100 per year.
  • Lowering the temperature of your water heater can save 4 to 22% on your bill for an average savings of $12 to $60 annually.

Stop Vampire Power

  • Vampire power refers to gadgets like laptops, printers and game consoles that suck power when not in use.
  • Using sleep or power management mode on your computer can save up to 4% off your electric bill for an average of $30 per year.
  • Grouping devices onto a power strip and switching it off when not in use can save up to 12% off your bill or about $100 per year.

Say No to Hand Washing

  • Hand-washing generally uses more hot water than a dishwasher.
  • Skip the pre-rinse before loading the dishwasher. Most washers have sensors and adjust the cycle to handle the amount of dirt and baked-on foods.
  • Consumer Reports says unnecessary rinsing wastes nearly 20 gallons per load. That’s 6,500 gallons per household per year.
  • To save energy, make sure it’s a full load and turn off heat during the drying cycle.

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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