You Could Be Wasting Thousands of Dollars Each Year by Not Following These Lighting Tips
No one wants to spend more on their electrical bill each month than they are absolutely required to yet many people do. Consider that about one-quarter of most people’s electrical bills come from their lights and it is easy to see that lighting can have a big impact. Check out these tips on lighting for less and then contact Sonner Electric at 661-728-0126 if you need electrical help.
Stop Using Incandescent Bulbs
If you are still using incandescent bulbs then it is time to stop. Using compact fluorescent lighting (CFLs) can save you up to 75% of your electrical costs for running lightbulbs. Not only are they a great value that way, but they also can last ten times as long as incandescent bulbs. As you look for the right options, check to see what has the Energy Star label on it.
Have Motion Sensor Lights Installed
Of course you know that turning lights off when you are not using them can save you electricity but if you have kids or other family members who cannot remember, or who easily get distracted and leave lights on, then there are other options. We recommend sensor lights that can be used outdoors and for security lighting. Just this change could save you an average of $100 on electricity on a yearly basis.
Turn Off Electricity Vampires
There are some items that use electricity in your home whether you are using them or not. For example, if your printer is plugged in and you can see a light, then it is getting electricity. Just say no to these electricity wasters such as TVs, computers, smartphones, printers, etc. An easy option is to have them all safely plugged into a power strip with the appropriate emergency breaker. Then, when you leave, just turn the entire strip off.
Take Good Care of Your Appliances
You will see plenty of advice to replace older appliances with Energy Star options. Of course we agree with this but if you are cannot afford to do so, then just make sure to take care of the appliances you do have. Your washer and dryer, your heating and cooling system, your water heater – they all should be taken care of and are all going to be using much less energy if they are in good working order.
Get an Analysis of Your Own Energy Usage
If you are not sure that any of the above are issues for you, or if you have noticed that your electricity bill is unusually high, then it may be time to get a home assessment. You can start the process by contacting Sonner Electric at 661-728-0126.