As we celebrate the start of a new year, consider making a resolution to conserve your electricity use in 2021. Not only will you help out our planet, but you can also reduce your electric bill. It is a win-win situation! We’ve compiled some of the best and easiest ways to limit your electrical use at home.
Upgrade your light bulbs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average household devotes five percent of its energy budget to lighting. If you are still using incandescent light bulbs in your Summit County home, consider updating your fixtures to the appropriate LED bulbs for instant energy savings. Has it been a while since you last shopped for new light bulbs? Reference our guide to understanding the difference between lumens and watts.
Turn on your ceiling fan. Yes, it is winter in Northeast Ohio, but that does not mean your ceiling fan should take a rest! You can adjust your ceiling fan to turn clockwise on a low speed in the winter and help warm air that has settled near the ceiling recirculate through the room. Instead of cranking up the thermostat the next time you feel a chill, you can use this simple tip to maximize your home’s heating. Pro-tip: If you want to replace an existing light fixture with a fan for this benefit, do not try to install a new ceiling fan by yourself. Call Blue Collar Electricians for professional and safe installation.
Unplug electronics when not in use. Do you have a stereo system or record player that you rarely use? Instead of keeping it plugged into an electrical outlet, keep the device unplugged. This may seem like a small change, but it will impact your electrical use by reducing standby power.
Reduce overhead light use. Instead of keeping on ceiling lights, utilize task lighting options, like office desk lamps or under-cabinet kitchen lighting, when possible. You will limit your use of electricity while still providing just the light you need to work or cook.
Are you looking for more ways to conserve electricity this year? Consider scheduling an electrical home inspection with Blue Collar Electricians. We will make sure you are optimizing your electric use and identify any existing issues with your home’s electrical system.