Albuquerque utility companies typically charge more to use appliances during the peak hours. Peak hours roughly refer to daytime hours. Run your energy intensive appliances, such as the dishwasher and washing machine, during off-peak hours late in the evening. You’ll save money running the dishwasher after dinner, and reduce energy usage at the same time.
Block drafts and excess heat with dark (blackout) curtains. Floor-to ceiling blackout curtains can help keep the temperature regulated in your Albuquerque home. They are especially effective for smaller spaces, such as apartments. Blackout curtains can reduce your energy loss by up to 25%. They can also help block any air leaks or drafts from doors and windows.
Perform regular maintenance on heating and cooling systems. The average air or heating filter should be changed every 2-6 months. A dirty filter can force your heating or cooling system to work harder.
Use a power strip for your appliances! There are “smart outlets” available, which in addition to a master outlets, provide extra outlets for devices that will be left on all the time. When one appliance linked to the master outlet is turned off, all the devices connected to the master will power down as well, while the outside outlet devices remain powered on.
Other devices that serve as energy saving solutions include, low-flow showerheads, programmable thermostat, and compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Hopefully you can utilize some of these tips in your Albuquerque home! There’s nothing better than saving money while saving energy!