Choosing A Contractor In The Brazos ValleyFebruary 28, 2011
Jamie Batten Joins Century 21 Beal in Bryan College Station!March 1, 2011
The average home in Bryan-College Station today consumes twice the amount of power and twice as many electrical outlets as a home in the 1960’s or 1970’s. Weather changes often have a significant impact on the increase in utility costs and regardless of what one may think there are ways to keep those bills steady year round. So….
- Check air conditioning system to make sure it is at the peak operating condition.
- Replace air filters often (at least once a month).
- Keep thermostat no higher than 78 degrees during summer months and 68 degrees during winter months.
- Install a thermostat that automatically adjusts temperature in order to save.
- During the summer be sure to do heat producing tasks (cooking, laundry, dish washing) in the early mornings or late evenings.
- Use microwave over oven if possible.
- Reset water heater between 110 and 120 degrees.
- Keep blinds and shades closed to reduce heat gain in summer and in summer open them to receive direct sunlight and heat.
- In kitchen, bath and laundry areas use exhaust fans.
- Check weather-stripping on doors frequently and change when needed.
- Fans help to circulate air when needed but turn off when room is occupied.
- Landscaping helps to block the sun.
- Check irrigation system for leaks and broken or clogged spray heads.
- Do not over water! The average lawn needs only about 1 inch of water per week.
- Make sure sprinklers are watering grass, not sidewalks or driveways.
- Adjust irrigation controller to water no more than two days per week.
- Track rainfall by adding inexpensive rain sensor.
- Set your mower blade to 2-3 inches.
- Avoid spray irrigation during the day (10am-6pm) and never water on windy days.
- Practice reading your electric and water meters to help monitor daily usage.