Home Energy Audit & Energy Conservation

Here at Salt River Electric, we can advise you on any energy concerns you may have. When your home is more energy efficient, you save money and so do we. We want to make sure you’re getting the maximum value for the electric service you pay for each month. If you have questions about high electric usage, contact our Customer Service Department about an Energy Audit. Our Energy Services Consultant will contact you and discuss any energy concerns you may have. Please note: You will need to complete a Virtual Energy Assessment profile before an Energy Audit can be scheduled. To complete the Virtual Energy Assessment profile, click here!

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Calculating the energy usage of household appliances

Calculate the approximate usage of household appliances and how much they can cost with this helpful energy calculator tool from the U.S. Department of Energy:  Appliance Energy Calculator | Department of Energy

What can you do to conserve energy? Here are 10 tips to keep in mind:

1. Leaving the lights on in an empty room. Turning them off when you leave a room will save energy and help your lightbulbs last longer.

2. Burning old incandescent lightbulbs. LEDs are safer, more efficient and longer lasting, and they screw into almost any lamp or overhead fixture that you already have.

3. Leaving electronics plugged in when you’re not using them. Plug your TVs, computers and phone chargers into power strips that make it easy to turn off multiple appliances at once.

4. Running an extra freezer that’s empty. Unless you really need it for overflow from your main refrigerator/freezer, unplug it.

5. Holding the refrigerator door open while you decide what you want out of it. Staring into the fridge wastes an average of 7% of the energy the appliance uses. Decide what you want to eat or drink before opening the door.

6. Running the dishwasher when it’s not full. Wait until it’s full before hitting “start.”

7. Choosing hot water for clothes washing. Unless your clothes are soiled with oil or grease, switch to cold water, which will get them plenty clean.

8. Setting the water heater temperature too high. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends 120 degrees, not the 140 degrees that many water heaters default to. Make sure you change your setting.

9.Keeping the thermostat too high in winter and too low in summer—even when the house is empty. A programmable thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature when everyone leaves the house, returns home, goes to bed and wakes up. Just set the times and let the thermostat “remember” them. (If you have a heat pump, be sure to contact your HVAC technician to determine if a programmable thermostat is right for you. It is not recommended to change a heat pump’s setting more than 1 to 2 degrees, so as not to kick on the auxiliary emergency heat mode.)

10. Forgetting to change the air filters in your HVAC systems. Filters trap dust, pet hair and other airborne particles. Once they’re clogged, your heating and air conditioning system has to work harder to keep your home comfortable. The harder they work, the higher your energy bills

Find out how the little changes add up by pulling the plug on your energy costs. Simple changes can save some serious money. Take just a few minutes and save a lot. Click here for more information: togetherwesaveky.com