W. L. Gary Company offers some of our best tips to help reduce problems with your plumbing and HVACR equipment, some of which you can do yourself. From energy savings ideas to seasonal maintenance, we are here to help you find solutions to make your life easier.
Check Refrigerant Charge
Be sure to have your refrigerant charge checked. If the refrigerant is over charged or under charged, the refrigeration system will work harder or will run longer, making your system less efficient.
Clean Refrigerator Coils
Clean your refrigerator’s evaporator and condenser coils regularly, somewhere between monthly and quarterly and have them deep cleaned by a professional at least once a year. Clean coils are efficient coils, which mean lower energy bills.
Replace Door Gaskets
If your refrigerator door isn’t sealing because of a broken door gasket, heat is getting into your refrigerator, making it work harder. Replace all damaged door gaskets to ensure a tight seal.
Proper Defrost Settings
While you want to avoid icing up your evaporator coils, you don’t want to set your defrost setting to run too long or too often because that wastes energy. Set your refrigerator’s and freezer’s defrost settings to the manufacturer recommended settings to keep them running productively and efficiently, saving you money.
Beware of Vampires
Vampire power refers to the amount of energy electronic devices consume while off or in standby mode. Unplug these devices or plug them into a power strip and turn off the power to it when you are not using the devices. You could save about $100 a year on energy.
Four A’s to Energy Savings
Accumulate energy use data. Analyze how you are using energy and where you have opportunities to save. Act on your energy solutions plan. Access your results and savings to help you decide on your next action.
Low Flow, Low Energy
Consider performing a water audit in your building to see where you can find water and energy savings. By replacing a standard 2.5 gpm faucet, or simply the aerator, with a low flow model of .5 gpm, you could use 80% less water. And remember, saving water also saves energy!
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