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5 Money-Saving Electrical Fixtures for Your Home

Posted on Thursday, August 4 2011

Source: Typical House memo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2009 and Typical house_2009_Reference.xls spreadsheet.

 

The average American family spends about $2,200 per year on electricity. Use the quick and easy tips below to start seeing savings on your next electricity bill.

1. Replace Incandescent bulbs with Compact Fluorescent (CFL) energy-saving bulbs

Four CFL bulbs use the same amount of electricity as one incandescent bulbs. A 15W CFL bulb provides the same light output as a 60W incandescent bulb. CFL bulbs also last longer and generate less heat than incandescent bulbs. Look for them at your neightborhood hardware or grocery store.

2. Upgrade your washer and dryer

Newer, more energy-efficient washers and dryers have been developed which use a fraction of the energy that older models consume. In fact, the savings from replacing these older models will pay for the machines inside of just a few years. Bonus: you can sell your older working appliances on Craigslist.org or in your local classifieds to knock a few hundred dollars off the purchase price of your new washer and dryer.

3. Replace old kitchen appliances

Kitchen appliance manufacturers have strived in recent years to create more energy efficient stoves, ovens, refrigerators and dishwashers. 13% of your home’s energy consumption comes from appliances, so savings can add up rather quickly.

4. Install a programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat is a wise investment that helps to control your heating and cooling costs. Heating and cooling your home accounts for a whopping 46% of your home’s electricity consumption — that’s almost half of your electricity bill. For under $100 you can purchase a programmable thermostat that adjusts your home’s temperature while you’re asleep — or at work — to maximize energy savings. There are even premium models that can be controlled via smartphone or that activate your HVAC system automatically when you’re driving home from work!

5. Use inexpensive wall outlet timers to control lights

Does your family have the habit of leaving lamps or other devices on? Inexpensive wall outlet timers can be used to manage this common problem. For example, if your spouse has a habit of falling asleep with the television on, a timer can be installed to automatically turn the television off at 2:30am, or some other time that you normally don’t watch television. The same principle can be applied to lamps, radios and other energy hogs.

Need help with more energy savings?

At Power Generation, we offer numerous green and energy saving services as well as other electrical contracting services to much of Florida. Contact us today and we’ll show you how much you can save.

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