Tips to Save Energy
Summer brings sunshine and fun, and higher electric bills. Use the following tips to help control your electric bill this summer. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician for installation, and electrical repair in Huntsville, AL.
The least efficient light bulbs are traditional incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent provide a step up, while LED lighting tops the list for saving you the most energy. Furthermore, LED lighting lasts 2.5 times longer than CFLs.
In addition, LED bulbs don’t contain mercury, as CFLs do. An additional advantage is that LED lighting that can be dimmed, is now available for setting the mood, and reducing eyestrain. LED’s also won’t emit ultraviolet light, and operate at a much lower temperature. Our electricians can upgrade your light fixtures, add new outlets and switches, install dimmer switches and a wide range of electrical services, including electrical repair in Huntsville, AL. Contact Mister Sparky when you need a reliable electrician backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, for installation or electrical repair in Huntsville, AL.
The Programmable Thermostat
You can save up to 20% on the cost of heating and cooling your home by installing a programmable thermostat. The programmable thermostat offers multiple settings, so you can program one temperature while your household is home and awake, home and asleep, or away. A variety of schedules are available, enabling you set the schedule you need for workdays, weekends and even a vacation setting. Features vary between models and brands, including WiFi models which provide the ability to change the schedule while you are away. You will no longer waste energy by forgetting to reset the thermostat, you can just set it and forget it.
Seal the Home
Air leaks around windows, doors, plumbing, pipes, outlets, switches and cables can account for as much as 25% of your heating and air conditioning costs. Sealing drafts and air leaks are a low cost means of cutting down on energy use and making your home more comfortable. Adequate insulation is essential in your home’s energy efficiency. Check the position of th insulation in your attic, and if you can view the ceiling joists you need to add insulation. Over time, insulation can settle, leaving your home lacking the R-factor needed. Furthermore, the recommendations for the R-factor in your region may have changed. Adding insulation will assist you in keeping energy costs down.
Energy Efficient Appliances
When it’s time to replace your home’s appliances, buy Energy Star®. High-efficiency appliances and the home’s heating and air conditioning system will provide significant savings, and increase reliability when they are Energy Star. In addition, if you live in an older home, and the electrical system hasn’t been upgraded recently, adding more appliances may be more than the electrical system was designed for. If you constantly experience tripped circuit breakers, it may be time for an upgrade. Mister Sparky can provide the outlet and wiring installation, or electrical repair in Huntsville, AL that you require; ensuring your home’s electrical system is up-to-code, and safe for your family.
Run Full Loads
You can save energy and water by only running dishwashers, dryers and clothes washers with full loads. In addition, most clothes come perfectly clean in cold water, so save the hot water for your showers. Save additional energy by running dryer loads consecutively. Remember to clean the dryer filter after each load, and routinely clean the exterior vent to cut down on drying time, and prevent home fires. Dryers are a common cause of house fires, and Mister Sparky can provide the installation of hardwired smoke detectors for your home, providing greater reliability. Give us a call for electrical repair in Huntsville, AL or other electrical services.
Phantom Energy Drains
Your home’s electronics and small appliances continue to use energy even when they are turned off. You can eliminate phantom energy costs by unplugging them when you are through using them.
In addition, consider a surge protection network for your electronics. The network will protect them, and your home’s electrical system from the damage surges can cause. Your appliances and electronics will last longer, and your home’s electrical system will be protected, resulting in a reduced need for electrical repair in Huntsville, AL.
Save Money Outdoors
Replacing outdoor lights with LED lighting will greatly reduce the cost of operating it, and prevent frequent replacement of bulbs. Post lighting, motion sensor lighting, decorative lighting, and all your indoor and outdoor lighting needs can be efficiently provided with energy efficient, long lasting LED lighting. Mister Sparky can provide for all your electrical installations, inspection and electrical repair in Huntsville, AL. Mister Sparky in Huntsville, AL serves the North Alabama region. Contact our licensed electricians today to schedule the electrical services you need. We are a member of the BBB with a consistent A+ rating.