Let’s face it: energy bills have only increased over the years. And sometimes we don’t even realize how it gets to be so high. But by being more conscious of how we use the technology in our homes, we can significantly lower our bills and save more energy. Below are a few money-saving hacks to consider:

Reduce heat.

Heating up water for your laundry machine accounts for about 90 percent of the energy your machine uses, so switch your unit to cold wash as often as possible. Not only will this help you to reduce energy, but it can also prevent your mixed fabrics from bleeding.

Load the dishes.

 Although it’s important to load your dishwasher carefully, you can save energy at home by also washing only full loads. But to help you reduce tough grease and food scraps, pre-wash your dishes in sink. Make sure to put the stopper on your drain so you aren’t wasting water.

Unplug appliances.

 It’s easy to take advantage of technology nowadays. But just think how much money you could save by unplugging the toaster or lamps when not in use. Also, keeping your laptop plugged in all day might save the battery, but it won’t save you money - so always reserve as much as possible.

Install an awning.

 Awnings can help to reduce inside temperatures by as much as 8-15 degrees during the hot summer months. They can also protect your home furnishings from the sun’s harmful UV rays. So if you’re looking to create more shade and reduce your cooling bill, installing a residential awning is an excellent solution. Did we also mention is make for a great outdoor extension?  

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer several types of awnings to help you lower energy bills all year round - especially during the hot summers! Learn more about our selections here. If a residential awning sounds like the ideal addition to your outdoor space, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 for more information on our services.