Tips to Save Energy
As electrical specialists, Mister Sparky’s licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL have many tips to share on ways to save electricity. Many are no cost, simple behavior changes that can make a big impact. The following are a few tips to save energy this summer.
You can shave an average of approximately $20 a month from the power bill by exchanging the standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents. If you’d like to save even more, change out lighting with long lasting, energy saving LED bulbs. We understand LED’s are higher initially, but consider it an investment that pays for itself over time. That’s because they will last that long, while saving you money every month.
Next, turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms. Furthermore, if you’re still using incandescent bulbs, turning the lights off will reduce the need for the AC to work harder against the heat they produce. Motion sensors will automatically turn the lights on when someone enters, and turn them off when they leave. We all have a relative who goes through the house leaving lights on. Motion sensors are an affordable deterrent.
When it’s time to purchase new appliances, select Energy Star rated products. Not only will they assist you to save energy, they have been tested and rated as reliable, otherwise they would fail to achieve Energy Star status. However, if you live in an older home that is in need of an electrical panel or electrical wiring upgrade, contact Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL to ensure the availability of the electrical need new appliances will require.
Phantom Energy Loss
Phantom energy loss is the small amount of energy each appliance consumes when not in use. Electricity is used to display the time, for example, and maintain its readiness to operate. It is the glow from the little light on the TV, computer, the time display on the microwave, phone chargers, and other electronics and appliances. While you can’t unplug appliances such as the refrigerator, stove or dishwasher, you can unplug those other little gadgets that can add as much as a few hundred dollars to the power bill over a year’s time. In addition, if the use of multiple small appliances is causing thrown breakers, contact our electricians in Huntsville, AL for a solution.
Proper HVAC Care
Change the air conditioning filter routinely to save significantly on the electric bill. In addition, if you haven’t already received annual maintenance on the AC, contact a professional to do so now. Annual maintenance will save you big time on energy, provide greater comfort, and extend the life of the AC unit. Furthermore, when it’s time to upgrade, purchase Energy Star for the greatest savings of all.
In addition, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat. Outdated, inaccurate thermostats that you forget to adjust when you leave home or go to bed, can cost you as much as 20% of the energy bill.
Stop Heat Transfer
Heat transfer through windows and glass doors can heat up your home, causing the AC to work harder. Use insulated drapes or window film to stop heat transfer. Window film is a great innovation for reducing heat transfer through glass. Not only wills top the sun’s heat, in some types, it is the equivalent of an additional pane of glass to prevent cold transfer in the winter.
Seal the Envelope
Sealing the envelope refers to the process of energy improvements for the home. These include adding insulation, if needed. Check your attic insulation; if you can see the ceiling joists, add insulation.
Seal cracks and gaps in the home’s foundation to prevent the entrance of outside air. Electrical Inspection
Faulty wiring is dangerous, and may increase electrical usage. If you live in an older home, consider an electrical inspection from our electricians in Huntsville, AL. Any problems will be identified, and can be repaired or replaced, ensuring your safety and peace of mind.
At Mister Sparky, our licensed electricians have been providing exceptional service, expertise and technology for years. It is our goal to deliver the highest quality solutions and service to meet your electrical needs. For electrical services you can rely on, contact Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL. We are available for your electrical emergencies 24/7, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.