Energy Saving Ideas from Your Los Angeles Electrician
These days we are all looking for ways to save a few dollars and to reduce our energy use. Fortunately, these two aims go hand in hand. For a detailed assessment of energy usage in your home and how you can save energy, call your Los Angeles Electrician for advice. An overview of some energy saving ideas is set out below.
Lighting generally accounts for about 20% of your electric bill. To save on lighting costs remember to switch off lights when you don’t need them. Installing dimmer switches enables your family members to set lights at a suitable level for their activities, which may often be less than the maximum. Also use timers or motion sensors for exterior lighting so they are only on when it needed.
Changing from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) requires a little more money upfront as they are more expensive than traditional bulbs, but they use around a third as much power and last up to fifteen times longer. CFLs also emit much less heat than incandescent bulbs and so save on the need for additional cooling in the summer months. Modern CFLs are available in a range of white shades and can produce a much softer and more attractive light than the old fashioned fluorescent tubes. To use dimmer switches with CFLs you need to source dimmable CFL bulbs and special dimmer switches which can operate at the lower power levels required.
Heating and Air Conditioning
Make sure your equipment, especially the filter, is regularly cleaned and serviced to ensure it is running at maximum efficiency. Take account of the natural warmth of the warmth of the sun: let it heat your home as much as possible in the winter by opening drapes and keep it out in the summer with closed drapes and blinds. Ensure you have adequate insulation and reduce drafts and any unnecessary heat loss.
Using a ceiling fan allows you to turn your thermostat up a few degrees in summer and down in winter. In the warmer months, the fan keeps the air circulating which makes it feel cooler. In winter, if you reverse the direction of rotation so the blades turn clockwise, they push warm air from the ceiling downwards and so make the room feel warmer.
Appliances and Devices
Again, it is important to make sure all your appliances are kept clean and in good order so that they are working efficiently. A freezer that is full of frost uses more power than when it is frost free, for example. Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load and use the coolest setting that is appropriate. When buying new appliances look for the most energy efficient ones available. They may be a little more expensive but will save money over the lifetime of the appliance.
Unplug or switch off devices and appliances that are not in use. Items in standby mode are constantly using electricity. They only use a very small amount but if you have a couple of dozen devices it all adds up over a year.
There are many small changes we can all make to our lifestyles to save energy, and money, without compromising on our comfort. For a personal assessment, tailored to the needs of your family and your home, consult a professional Los Angeles electrician who will be happy to advise you on the costs for purchase and installation of money saving initiatives and suggest further ways to reduce your power bills.