According to the United States Department of Energy, the typical American family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills—with nearly half of that paying for heating and cooling.
At Denny’s Electric Service, we believe in offering tips and options to help keep your monthly electric bills down.
Below are some simple tricks and ideas for using less electricity and increasing your savings.
Save More While Washing Laundry
Did you know that heating water in the wash drum accounts for about 90% of the energy your machine uses? That is why selecting the cold water option is recommended to save energy and on your monthly utility bill! And when it comes to the dryer, make sure to frequently clean the lint screen and dryer ducts. A clogged lint screen or dryer duct drastically reduces the efficiency of your dryer. Also, when doing laundry, it is great idea to wash and dry the loads with little down time in between the cycles. When you use the dryer back-to-back it doesn’t cool down between loads and a warm dryer uses less energy to heat up.
Make a Switch
Replacing incandescent bulbs with compact LED light bulbs is one of the quickest, easiest ways to save money—and it’s something that everyone can do. LEDs use about 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs. LEDs might cost more upfront but you will be saving more over their lifespan. A bonus is that LED bulbs work well in most outdoor settings because they are durable, can withstand cold temperatures, and reach full brightness almost immediately.
Invest in a Quality Thermostat
A programmable or smart thermostat is the way to go if you are continually on the move or looking for a way to manage your energy usage more efficiently. These thermostats can be set to automatically turn off or reduce heating and cooling during the times when you are asleep or away. This can save energy without you even noticing. When you install a programmable thermostat, you eliminate wasteful energy use from heating and cooling without upgrading your HVAC system or sacrificing any comfort.
Install Motion Sensors for Outdoor Lighting
Motion sensors automatically turn lights on and off so you only get light when and where you need it. This is a major plus since the lights will only turn on when the motion sensor is tripped. If the motion sensors are installed with photo sensors, that would allow them to be inactive during the day but light the way at night. Motion sensors are the perfect tool for security and great for outdoor locations.
At Denny’s Electric Service, we provide full residential electrical services, and pride ourselves on being committed to delivering not only quality workmanship and superior service, but also with info and resources necessary for you to make the best decision when it comes to your electrical needs.
Contact us today at 610-775-9735 to see how we can help you decrease your environmental footprint and save money!