Go Green to Save Green
Saving money on electric bills can be done in several ways. By reducing energy consumption with these easy tips, homeowners can reduce their energy usage and see savings. This blog will share a few simple tips to provide energy savings and help homeowners go green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
Install Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans save considerable energy even when using heating or air conditioning. However, the direction that the ceiling fan spins is crucial because one way is more effective for heating, and the other is more effective for cooling. Because they help circulate treated air, they can reduce the need for constant AC or heater usage, allowing for less energy needed for temperature regulation.
Spinning the blades clockwise during the colder months when the heater is on will help circulate warm air from the heater so that less energy is needed to stay comfortable and keep a consistent temperature. Ceiling fans should be set to spin counterclockwise to help the air conditioner use less energy when it’s warmer outside. Most ceiling fans have a small switch located at the base of the fan that will automatically change the direction in which the blades spin.
Turn Off Lights and Appliances When Possible
Turning off lights and unplugging appliances when not being used is a simple yet effective way to save energy and money. This practice can help reduce a home’s overall energy consumption and lower utility bills. While unplugging the refrigerator is not sanitary and can ruin groceries, small kitchen appliances like coffee makers, toaster ovens, and microwaves do not need electricity when they aren’t in use and can be turned off to save energy.
If homeowners are in an area with plenty of natural light, such as a room facing the sun during the day, they can also take advantage of this to reduce their energy consumption. Turn off lights and unplug appliances when away from home or not in use. The Department of Energy estimates homeowners can save approximately 10% monthly by simply unplugging appliances to save electricity.
Making the Switch to LEDs
LED lights are becoming increasingly popular in homes and businesses as they have many benefits over incandescent and CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs, including a longer lifespan and greater energy efficiency. They also cost less to operate since they use less energy than other types of lights, reducing electricity bills.
LED lightbulbs use at least 75% less energy than incandescent lighting, providing significant savings by switching. Additionally, LED lights last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, so homeowners won't need to replace them as often, saving money on lightbulb replacements and reducing environmental waste. In addition to saving money, LED lights are known for their safety because LEDs emit very little heat compared to incandescent and CFL lightbulbs.
About Trustworthy Electric
Trustworthy Electric has over 20 years of experience serving Montgomery and the surrounding communities. They provide upfront pricing, on-time service, and financing. Call them today for LED lighting and ceiling fan installation in Montgomery, AL.