Brace Your ‘Elf’ for These Energy-Saving Tips
This year, Timo’s is giving you what you really want for the holidays: savings! Check out these simple energy-saving tips that will have you unwrapping lower energy bills throughout the holidays—and beyond!
Make Sure Your System Is ‘Fa-La’-Unctioning the Way It Should
First things first, it’s important to get your heating system in tip-top shape. From a dirty or clogged air filter to a faulty part, continuing to operate your system when it is compromised causes your energy bills to skyrocket. That’s because your system has to work harder to keep you comfy. This not only leads to higher energy bills, but it also puts unnecessary strain on your system, which increases your chances of needing a heating repair in Palm Springs. Or worse—it may take years off of your system’s lifespan, leading to a premature system replacement.
You can avoid wasting your hard-earned money on unnecessarily high energy costs by giving your system the TLC it needs. Here’s how:
- Change your furnace’s filter. To maintain the performance and cleanliness of your HVAC equipment, it’s critical to replace or clean your furnace’s filter on a regular basis. We recommend four times a year, but pet owners or those suffering from allergies and asthma should change filters more often—up to six times a year.
- Schedule a heating tune-up. This ensures that faulty parts or potential repairs don’t go unnoticed. During a tune-up, our NATE-certified techs will clean and thoroughly inspect your system to determine its current condition, bringing to your attention any problems that need to be addressed.
Trim Away Energy-Wasting Cooking Habits
Food and the holidays go hand in hand. Unfortunately, because your stove and oven require power, many people find high energy bills tagging along, too. Avoid unwrapping costly energy bills by cooking smarter. This means:
- Matching pots and pans to the correct burners. Make sure the pans or pots you’re using are appropriately sized for the burner. Using a pan that’s too small for the burner results in significant heat loss; using a pan that’s too big for the burner takes much longer to heat food.
- Putting a lid on it. When you’re cooking food on the stovetop, it’s essential to put a lid on your pots. In turn, you can expect your food to heat up faster and stay hotter longer.
- Keeping the lid on it. When you’re cooking, avoid taking the lid off of your pot as much as possible, as it will increase your cooking time. It also will release heat into your home, causing your HVAC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable.
- Keeping the oven door closed. Don’t open your oven’s door. Every time you do, the temperature inside drops as much as 25 degrees. Your oven is then forced to make up for this loss of heat, which prolongs the cooking time. If you can’t resist the urge to check on your food, turn the oven light on and look through the window.
- Use ceramic or glass pans. Not only does ceramic and glass cookware retain heat better, but this material is designed to continue cooking food even after it’s been removed from the oven. As a result, you can reduce your oven’s temperature by 25 degrees and turn it off sooner—without the fear of your food not being fully cooked.
’Yule’ Want to Start Using Your Dishwasher More
We’re dishing out the secret to cutting energy costs: When it comes to doing dishes, don’t work harder—work smarter. You waste more water and energy by hand washing your dishes than using your dishwasher. Keep these dishwasher tips in mind:
- If you rinse your dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher, use cold water, not hot water.
- Don’t start your dishwasher until it’s fully loaded.
- Stop your dishwasher before the heated dry cycle, open the door and let the dishes air-dry.
Ready to Deck Your Budget With Savings?
Give yourself the lower energy bills you deserve. From a heating tune-up to a heating repair, Palm Desert residents can count on us to help them cozy up to the comfortable home and affordable energy bills they deserve! All you have to do is fill out our online form or call us at 760.475.9542 today!