If you’d like to rein in your monthly household budget, why not start to reduce energy costs. Unlike some other household expenses, there are ways to cut your energy budget painlessly, such as:

  1. Pulling the plugs. Many battery chargers for handheld devices continue to draw power even when they’re not connected to their device, and any television that starts immediately after you turn it on draws power, even when off. The Energy Star program estimates that vampire and standby power consumption account for 10 billion kilowatts of wasted energy annually in the U.S., and the average household unnecessarily spends $100 a year by leaving devices plugged in.
  2. Turning down the water heater to 120 degrees F. Heating water is second to conditioning your home for driving up energy consumption. You should also drain a few gallons of water from the water heater annually to remove sediment that builds at the bottom of the tank. It will use less energy and last longer.
  3. Switching your lighting to LED or CFL bulbs if you haven’t already. You’ll get more life out of CFL bulbs if you avoid placing them in rooms where the light is frequently turned off. Opt for LEDs in bathrooms or closets instead.
  4. Checking the air filter for your HVAC system monthly, and changing it when it looks clogged or dirty. A dirty filter slows airflow through the system and makes it run longer. Since heating and cooling accounts for half of energy consumed at home, keeping the filter clean will reduce energy costs considerably. It’s also a good idea to have the equipment serviced annually to make sure it runs as efficiently as possible.
  5. Air drying your dishes by turning off the dry cycle on the dishwasher. At the end of its cycle, the dishes are hot enough to dry themselves, especially if you open the door slightly.

For more ways to reduce energy costs with your HVAC system and water heater, please contact us at Griffith Energy Services, Inc. We’ve provided quality services for homeowners in the Baltimore area for more than a century.

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At this time, when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency around the world, we wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our team.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to develop and take necessary measures as needed. Our focus is to ensure that we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Everyone on our team has received enhanced training and protocol briefings. We will continue to evolve and adjust these protocols as needed.
  • We are implementing telecommuting options for positions where applicable.
  • Non-essential work travel is currently on hold for all employees.
  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning practices at our locations and are instructing employees to continually sanitize their work stations and vehicles.
  • We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

Information for you:
If you have an existing service appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure service experience.

During this challenging time, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to it, in order to protect our team and all the customers we serve, we encourage you to please reschedule your service appointment, by calling us at 888-474-3391.

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.

Best regards,
Griffith Energy Services

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