The cost of everything is rising, and this also includes energy. To ensure you live comfortably without draining your bank account, follow these six recommendations for saving energy.
1. Replace All of Your Light Bulbs
Traditional incandescent light bulbs are energy hogs. In addition to consuming a tremendous amount of electricity, traditional incandescent light bulbs must also be replaced often. Energy-efficient light bulbs last longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs, and they consume a much smaller amount of electricity. Light-emitting diode bulbs, compact fluorescent lights, and halogen incandescent bulbs consume up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
2. Unplug Any Devices or Appliances Not in Use
Even when appliances or electronics are in standby mode or turned off, they still consume electricity. According to research, 75% of the energy that is used to power appliances and electronic devices is consumed when devices and appliances are turned off or in standby mode.
3. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats help reduce energy waste as they can be set to turn off or reduce running when you and your family are sleeping or on vacation. These thermostats can also provide tips for enabling your HVAC unit to run more efficiently, such as by reminding you to change your filter or schedule an inspection.
4. Procure Energy Efficient Appliances
If you have traditional appliances in your home, you can be certain they are also using tremendous amounts of energy. Because of this, it is best to exchange your current appliances for ones that are energy efficient. Appliances that have the Energy Star seal are certified energy efficient and will use much less energy than their traditional counterparts.
5. Improve Your Home’s Insulation
Improving your home’s insulation is a major energy saver. When your home is well insulated, this ensures that warm air remains inside during the winter and cool air does not escape during the summer. Poor insulation is a major contributor to wasted energy.
6. Rewire Your Home
Eugene, OR has many older homes with a rich history. If you reside in an older home, you may want to contact an electrician to see if rewiring your home can save you energy. Upgrading your electrical system can help reduce energy waste. When your home is rewired, your electrical panel will also be replaced with one that is more energy efficient.
To ensure you are doing all you can to save energy, contact Excel Electric. We will not only inspect your home’s electrical system to see if any upgrades are needed, but we will also consult with you to craft a game plan for reducing energy consumption while helping you to remain comfortable and enjoy great cost savings.