Phoenix in the fall, winter, and spring is a beautiful time to enjoy the outdoors and do all the things that we couldn't necessarily enjoy during the sweltering months of June, July and August. Even though our energy bills are not very high compared to the summer months, the fall and winter months are a perfect time to find some hidden opportunities that would not always be as obvious the rest of the year.
Look at your base load- your "base load energy use" is the energy that your family uses all year round, regardless of heating and cooling. It includes the refrigerator, water heater, doing laundry and dishes, re-circulation pumps, the pool pump, and lights. You can find your base load usage by averaging the three lowest months of your energy use. If all the lights and ceiling fans are on in your home, that is wasting energy.
If the refrigerator is older than 1997, it is a good idea to replace it with any refrigerator built after 2003. The difference in energy usage is significant, with older refrigerators using more than two times the amount of energy. If your refrigerator is in the garage, look into downgrading to a smaller unit.
Changing out your recessed canned lights to LED air tight fixtures can be done in small increments, and if your home has more than 10 canned lights, it is worth stopping that leakage.
The cooler months in Arizona is also a perfect time to do some of that attic work you may have been putting off, plus your energy auditors and installers will be grateful.
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