Burke, VA (PRWEB) March 14, 2013
Pasquali Realty Group, a Northern Virginia real estate company suggests the following tips to help homeowner’s cut energy costs by getting better performance from appliances, exhaust fans, and lights.
Dry clothes faster.
Clear lint from the clothes-dryer exhaust hose. Have a flexible hose? Replace it with smooth metal ducting to improve air flow, dry clothes faster, and reduce drying energy use.
Don’t make the fridge work so hard.
Clean dust from under the refrigerator, the front vent at the base, and any exposed coils at the back. Another tip: Make sure products are not blocking the fan vents inside the fridge and freezer.
Clear the air.
Dust bathroom ceiling fan covers and fan blades. Clean dust and grease from the kitchen stove hood and exhaust fan.
Plug home electronics into an advanced power strip.
While dusting the TV, computer, gaming equipment, and other home electronics, take a look at how they’re plugged in. Stop overpaying to power these big energy users (many draw electricity even when off) by plugging them into an advance power strip, which automatically cuts electricity to any idle equipment.
Use the bath fan.
Have mildew on bathroom ceilings? This is a sign of insufficient ventilation. If there is a bath fan, use it. If a bath fan is needed, look for an ENERGY STAR® qualified model. These fans are very quiet and use little electricity. Be sure to vent bath fans to the outdoors, or you’ll risk moving your mildew problem to another part of the house or attic.
Take a look at any accessible exterior vents, such as for the clothes dryer, central-heating system, water heater, kitchen-fan exhaust, or bath-fan exhaust. Clear them of any blockage or buildup of dust, webs, leaves, and lint.
Keep bulbs and fixtures clean.
Dirt will absorb the light and reduce the efficiency. Another tip: Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs and use up to 75% less energy for lighting.
Pasquali Realty Group is an incorporated business that is a subsidiary under NBI Realty, and is currently licensed in both Virginia, and Washington, DC. They are a member of the National Board of Realtors(NAR), Virginia Board of Realtors(VAR), and Northern Virginia Board of Realtors(NVAR).