Saving on electricity should be a top priority, since this will allow you to keep more money in your pocket in the long run. In order to save on electricity, you need to be aware of ways electricity can be wasted in the home and what you can do to stop it. Here are some tips that will help you to conserve as much energy as possible.
Install Light Switches With Motion Sensors
Light switches with motion sensors will automatically turn off lights and are especially useful for outdoor lights. You can turn on motion sensors manually and they will turn off on their own automatically when they detect daylight. These will help to conserve energy in case you forget to turn off outdoor lights before you leave your home in the morning.
Install Timer Control On Your Fans
Installing timer control on fans is a great way to save electricity. Fans can be preset to turn and off automatically. This prevents fans from accidentally being left on all day when you leave the house.
Shade Your Air Conditioning Unit
Air conditioning units that are not properly shaded can burn a lot of energy. If your air conditioning unit is installed directly in sunlight, then this will cause it to burn more energy. One solution is to plant tall trees nearby that do not enclose the unit or stop any airflow. Another solution is to install an awning over the outdoor unit to shade it and prevent too much sunlight from hitting it directly.
Change Furnace And Air Conditioning Filters Monthly
Dirty filters will cause your furnace or air conditioning unit to burn more energy. Filters protect the blower in your furnace or air conditioner and when filters become clogged, the motor will have to work harder and use more electricity. In order to prevent this from happening, you should try to remember to change your filters monthly. You can set up reminders on your smartphone to help you keep on schedule. You can also label your filters with the name of the month in which you plan to use them so that you can remember to change them.
Use Power Strips
Attach the plugs of appliances to a power strip and plug out or turn off the power strip when appliances are not in use. Remember that just because you have turned off an appliance that doesn't mean it isn't using electricity. Attaching appliances to a power strip allows you to power off many appliances at once and save electricity.
Following these tips should help you conserve electricity and reduce your electricity bill. (for more information on electricians, contact Van Rijn Electric Ltd residential or another company)