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Home Care
by Scott Sauer
Advanced Structural Inspections

Energy Saving Tips
Electricity is a major expense during the hot summer months in Southern Nevada. There are many ways you can reduce electricity use in your home and help reduce your energy bills. Some simple inspections and installations can be done, most of which are easy to perform by the homeowner. Some of these steps should be considered investment, as the cost invested will be recovered with a few years of savings.

Replace your air filters at least every other month. A dirty air filter is guaranteed to increase an electricity bill during the hot summer months.

A ventilated outdoor cover can be installed for your air conditioning unit. An A/C unit operating in the shade can consume 10 to 15% less electricity.

New energy-efficient windows are the best long term solution for reducing both heat loss and gain. Double-paned windows are investments that will eventually pay for themselves.

Check the thermostat in your refrigerator. The recommended temperature for fresh foods is between 37 and 40 degrees, for frozen foods between 0 and 5 degrees. 

Use a microwave or pressure cooker during the summer, as less use of the oven gives your air conditioning system a much needed break.

Keep your oven range tops and reflectors clean. This will save you money on your natural gas or electricity costs because the heat is reflected more effectively.

Replace your old light bulbs with new compact fluorescent light bulbs which turn about 25% more of the energy consumed into light.

When doing laundry, dry two or more loads in a row to take advantage of the heat still in the dryer and wash your clothes in cold water, if possible.

Turn off computer and office equipment during periods of non-use to cut energy costs and improve longevity.

These energy saving tips and ideas will help you meet your goals of conservation at home. Some of these ideas are centered around forming good consumption habits. Altering consumption habits can go a long way to reducing your monthly utility bills.

For more on this or other home care subjects, contact Scott at

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