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Home Energy Management: A Look At The Reasons Homeowners Struggle To Reduce Energy Usage

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Sometimes it can seem like no matter how hard you try to prevent using as much electricity in the house as you do, those bills just keep rolling in and that meter just keeps spinning away. The fact of the matter is, keeping tabs on all of the electrical usage in the house can be a tricky feat with so much of everyday life now requiring electricity. There are some pretty savvy ways for a homeowner to keep tabs on power consumption and lower their bills, but many have no idea where to start. Take a look at some of the reasons most homeowners struggle to lower their home energy usage.

Most are unaware of the biggest power consumers in the home.

By tracking down the components in your home that require the most power, you can better adjust your lifestyle and household operation to reduce energy costs. For example, if you discover that your hot water heater is accounting for a large portion of your electric bill every month or your HVAC system is the culprit, you can make some changes, such as updating the unit or even lowering the temperature on the thermostat. If you are ever curious as to how much one appliance or another is consuming, contact an electrician like Craftsman Electric Inc for advice about how to monitor specific components or appliances in the house. 

Most are unaware of home energy management devices.

Did you know that there are actually devices that the power company can install that will monitor how much energy your home and its components are using? If you are like most homeowners, you probably have no idea that this is possible. Many power companies offer to install energy management devices that can automatically turn off certain appliances through the day when energy usage is at its highest in your location, which can lower your electric bill considerably. As an added advantage

Most are unaware of phantom power usage problems.

You head out to work in the morning, but first, you take the time to turn off everything and even turn down the air conditioner. Even though you do all of this, there can still be devices and appliances using power even though they are not technically in use. For example, some game systems pull loads of power if they are plugged in, even if they are turned off and even things like outdated appliances can do the same.