5 Smart Ways To Save Electricity in Atlanta
Electricity; how did we ever live without it?
If you’ve experienced a power outage for more than an hour or two, you know how difficult it can be. Almost everything we do involves electricity. You can’t turn on a light, access the refrigerator, or even heat the water for a shower without it.
As such, a good portion of the money we spend each month goes to the utility company. Which means a few tips to reduce the amount of electricity we use, thus the amount of money we spend would be beneficial.
We have a few. And they are easier than you think.
We love ceiling fans and highly recommend them to our customers. Using a ceiling fan can make a room feel as much as 10 degrees cooler. It also uses less energy to operate than that of your central air conditioner – as much as 10 percent says the National Resource Defense Council. And with the styles, sizes, colors, and options available, you can find the perfect ceiling fan for almost every room in your home.
If you haven’t switched to LED, now is the time. The US Department of Energy states that LEDs use 75 percent less energy than the old incandescent lighting. They’ll also last up to 25 times as long. That means a lot of savings for you. And the best thing is today’s LED lighting works and looks just like the old lighting you’re used to. And in some cases, offers smart technology that can help automate your home.
You’re probably used to motion sensors attached to lights outside of your home. Did you know you can bring that same technology inside? It’s a great addition to rooms where a family member can never seem to remember to turn off a light. They turn on when they detect someone is in the room and off when they don’t. You can cut wasted lighting by as much as 30 percent with these little gadgets that attach directly to the light sockets of your lights and lamps.
It takes energy to warm up the water before you use it. And while we’re not suggesting you change your warm showers into cold ones, you can start washing your clothes in cold water. According to the Alliance to Save Energy, switching your clothes washing methods to cold water can save you up to $70 a year.
If you do a quick check of all your electrical outlets, you’ll find the majority of them are in use. We leave most of our appliances and gadgets plugged in no matter how much they are in use. Many of these go into stand by mode, meaning they are still utilizing energy whether they are in use or not. According to the US Department of Energy, stand by mode can be costing you as much as 10 percent of your energy usage. How about using smart outlets instead?
Call R.S. Andrews for Electrical Service in Atlanta
If you live in an older home, chances are you have more than one energy suck that is impacting your monthly utility bill. We can help you discover where it is and how to make a change or two that can have real change in your bottom line.
How can you save electricity? For help in the Atlanta area, call R.S. Andrews!