Homeowners across the board are constantly on the lookout for effective and efficient ways to reduce utility costs and increase energy savings. The professionals at Gervais Electric want to share some important cost-cutting tips with you. When you reduce the amount of electricity that you use in your home on a daily basis, it not only contributes to a better environment, but it also reduces your monthly utility bills as well. There are a few simple tips to enable you to save electricity month after month, year after year and minimize the use of energy in your home. To reduce energy consumption in your home try taking advantage of these simple tips.
For starters, switching out all the light bulbs in your home to LED bulbs is a surefire way of reducing the amount of electricity used each day. The primary difference between the styles of bulbs is the way in which they produce light. Typical incandescent light bulbs use heated metallic filaments to produce light while fluorescent bulbs produce light by way UV frequencies that are produced while LED bulbs use a light emitting diode—a far more energy efficient option. Compared to standard incandescent light bulbs, the other two options are a far better choice when energy savings is the goal.
The next simple tip is to invest in lower wattage lamps or bulbs. Lower wattage lamps and bulbs produce a good deal of light but use fewer watts, which ultimately results in energy conservation. By using LED bulbs, you can have the brightness of high-watt bulbs with the energy savings of low-watt bulbs.
In addition, you should discipline yourself to unplug electrical items that you do not use throughout your living space. Appliances and other electrical devices that are not in use will still utilize electricity when plugged into outlets. Unplugging any such devices will contribute to reduced electric bills over time.
Along this same line, we highly recommend you get in the habit of keeping your computers set to standby mode whenever they are not in immediate use. Again, this simple act minimizes the use of electricity and definitely contributes to energy savings.
Another simple yet practical tip to help save electricity in your home is to set the temperature in your refrigerator to approximately 40 degrees Fahrenheit. There is no need to set your refrigerator or freezer to settings that are too cold. Typically, refrigerators should maintain a temperature near 40 degrees Fahrenheit to perform at peak efficiency levels as well as reduce energy costs. We also suggest you set your freezer temperatures at about zero degrees to contribute to your savings over time.
Finally, if your home uses an electric hot water heater, we suggest you get in the habit of washing your clothes with cold water in your continued efforts to save energy and minimize your electric bill. Using hot water to wash your clothes has been found to be one of the biggest wastes of energy in homes. Switching over to cold water will still get your clothes clean but will allow you to use less energy thereby helping lower your monthly energy expenses.
The team here at Gervais Electric, Inc. want to remind you to always use the electricity in your home wisely. Electricity certainly affords us all a great deal of comfort, but it is important to be aware of the simple fact that energy is indeed an expensive resource that people often take advantage of.
With these thoughts in mind, we hope you have found our simple tips to save electricity in your home useful and that you will make every effort to invest time and effort into putting these simple tips into action in your home. And don’t forget, if you need any type of electrical services, then we are the team for you. We look forward to serving you and would like to send along wishes from our family to yours for a safe and Happy New Year ahead!!