As electrical specialists, our team at CMC Electric is often asked for advice on saving electricity—and therefore energy—and we’re happy to say there are numerous really effective ways to do so. When we reduce our energy usage, we help decrease the burning of fossil fuels, which lowers the emission of carbon dioxide. Collectively, Americans use about $1,000,000 worth of energy every minute. That’s a huge amount of energy being used at a rapid pace. If even a third of American households choose one energy-saving practice to employ regularly, think of the difference that could make. Plus, saving energy means reducing your monthly electricity costs, so it’s a win-win. You don’t have to go without electricity all together to help do your part. There are many energy-saving options out there you can experiment with, and it’s actually fun to take your energy use into you and your family’s hands. So, whether you’re motivated to help save energy or you just want to save money on your bills, we’ve got a few electrician tips to help you get started.
- You’d be surprised how much of your home’s energy use comes from your refrigerator. Make sure its energy-saver switch is turned on, and keep your fridge set to 37 and your freezer set to 3 to cut back on excessive usage.
- Wash your clothes with either warm or cold water, not hot. This requires less work for your washer.
- Lower your water heater thermostat to about 125 to save this appliance work as well.
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- Stick with consistent, reasonable temperatures, no matter the season. Don’t overheat or overcool rooms, and avoid changing your thermostat frequently.
- Change your air filters often. This reduces how hard your systems has to exert itself.
- Use energy-saving light bulbs throughout your home. Read the packages for performance offerings.
- Wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket. They’re cheap, only about $20, and can save your home a considerable amount of energy.
- Look for Energy Star labels when buying appliances to ensure you’re buying smartly and sustainably.
Again, even choosing one of these practices can make a big difference for you and your home, and it’s actually a fun experiment when you see the different in your monthly bill. Give it a try, and check back on our blog often for more electrician tips. For questions or electrical help, contact CMC Electric at one of our three locations.