Are you looking to save energy in your home? If so, it’s time to stop bad habits that waste energy!

One of the best things you can do to save energy in your Granbury home is to get an energy audit. This will help us to determine what needs to be done in your home to save energy. However, an energy audit can only take you so far if you have bad habits that waste energy in your home. Here are a few of those bad habits that waste energy:

Habit #1. You leave the thermostat on your water heater set too high.

As long as you have an adequate amount of hot water, you probably don’t think twice about your water heater or what temperature it is set on. However, lowering the thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit could help you save up to 25 percent on water heating costs, and it is a sufficient temperature for the vast majority of household tasks.

Habit #2. You stand in front of the refrigerator with the door open.

Can’t decide what you want to eat? Don’t leave the refrigerator door open while you decide! This is a great way to waste a whole lot of energy. A much better option would be to keep a list of snack options on the outside of your refrigerator so that you know exactly what to grab when you open the door. It’s also important to remember to close your refrigerator door properly, because if it is left open even a crack, it causes your refrigerator to have to work a lot harder than it should.

Habit #3. You leave the lights on when you leave.

If you leave a light fixture on for eight hours a day that has two 60-watt bulbs, you’ll pay an additional $25 every year on your electricity bill. Whether you are leaving your house for the day or just going to a different room in your home, make sure that you always turn the lights off when you leave.

Habit #4. You don’t install your storm windows.

If you already have storm windows, it’s important that you install them. While it doesn’t get all that chilly here in Granbury, it still pays to prevent heat loss in your home, and according to The National Resource Defense Council, you can reduce heat loss in your home by anywhere from 25 to 50 percent by using storm windows.

Learn about more bad habits that waste energy when you stay tuned for our next blog.