Can you guess which five home appliances are you biggest energy guzzlers? We’ll give you the first one….
from Smart money.com
1) HVAC System
Your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is easily the worst offender, says Maria Vargas, a spokeswoman for the government’s Energy Star program. It’s no surprise: Most households employ some sort of climate control 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout both the hottest and coldest parts of the year. In fact, heating and cooling represent 50% of the average household’s annual energy bill, a total of $1,175.
How to cut your bill: Program the thermostat so that the HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard while you’re at work or asleep, advises Vargas. By Energy Star estimates, you’ll save $180 annually by reducing the temperature by just two degrees in the winter, and adjusting the air-conditioner two degrees higher in the summer. (Other ways to improve efficiency include sealing air leaks and maintenance. Click here for more.)