As Rockwall neighborhood electricians, we run into more and more of our residential and commercial customers who want to live a greener, more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Living green is not just about buying organic or driving a low emissions car. It also extends to the energy-saving systems in your home and we can help with that.
We are all working to keep our planet healthy for future generations and we’re finding out that the changes that are good for the planet can also be great for our pocket book. We can also help with that!
Here are a few of the ways that homeowners can make the electrical system in their homes greener.
LED lights use less electricity to power your home than incandescent bulbs. LED lights use only 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity to burn for 50,000 hours, whereas the incandescent bulb requires 3,000 KWh for the same amount of time. Clearly, LED lights are the greener option.
Install a programmable thermostat and set it at 74 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. Use ceiling fans to direct the hot air that rises in a room during winter months back down into the room to save on your heating bills.
Most ceiling fans have this option and the trick is just to remember to change it back! Also, maintain your HVAC system regularly by cleaning the strainer and changing the filters at least 4 times a year. Keep in mind that you need to do this more frequently during times of heavy use or if you share your living space with one or more four-legged creatures. In Texas it may be a good idea just to get into the routine of changing them monthly, your system will function more efficiently and probably last much longer with this simple, easy to do maintenance.
At least once a year, have a qualified technician inspect, clean and seal your ducts. Doing all this means your HVAC system does not have to work so hard to keep you comfortable, which can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of your house and keep the cost lower.
Choose the energy-saving settings for your water heater, refrigerator and freezer. Consider installing a tankless water heater for more efficient energy consumption.
Modern household appliances from air conditioners to washing machines are now more energy efficient. Replacing your old electrical appliances can decrease your energy use significantly. You will likely find that your initial outlay of cash to purchase more modern appliances will be offset in the long run by lower utility bills.
Get in touch with us, call master electrician Kalin Seamans on (469) 475-5488 for a wide range of reliable residential and commercial electrical services. Our seasoned and highly trained Rockwall based electrical contractors are always ready to assist you with any electrical concerns or problems you may have.
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With Winter still dishing out some really cold weather, lots of families are looking for more cost-efficient ways to heat their homes. The sticker shock of their December, January and February electric bill got them to thinking about using a space heater to give their family some cozy, wintertime heat without the hassle and expense of traditional heating systems. Space heaters actually have been shown to cut wintertime heating bills by up to 30%.
Using several space heating units in one room can cause problems. The average breaker is a 15 amp breaker and the average space heater takes up between 10.4 – 15 amps. Using multiple space heaters can cause the breaker to trip. However, don’t make the mistake of using a larger amp breaker (30 to 40 amps), as this can easily overheat and start a fire.
Don’t buy a space heater that’s too large for the room because it won’t be a cost-efficient use of energy. Although bigger may seem to better, a small space heater can quickly heat up even the most poorly insulated room.
Don’t use a space heater if you’re not in the room with it. Many fires are started by space heaters that haven’t been properly attended to, so don’t let it run while you’re out of the house. Keep the space heater away from flammable items and materials.
To avoid danger to children and pets, keep them away from the space heater. Children are curious little creature which is why they should be kept away from the controls of the heater to avoid any risk of burns.
Check your smoke detectors to see if they’re working properly and check your outlets to see if they’re safe for space heater usage.
RealTime Electrical Solutions offers quality electrical services at a fair price. They provide residential & commercial lighting installation, house wiring, electric panel upgrades, outlet repair and installation, and ceiling fan installation. If you’re looking for an honest electrician you can trust, call master electrician Kalin Seamans on (469) 475-5488 and he will help you.
One very effective way to lower your electric bill during the hot Texas Summer and Autumn months that doesn’t involve calling an electrician or the HVAC guy is cooking outside. Using your outdoor grill or microwaving keeps your kitchen cooler and consequently, reduces energy costs.
Cooking your entire meal on the outdoor grill makes the food taste fantastic, is easier to clean up and avoids heating up the kitchen. Steak, pork or chicken on the barbecue and veggies in those little silver packages make for killer cuisine! I believe in miracles and foil paper is certainly one of them.
Here are a few tips to save on electricity in your kitchen when grilling outside just isn’t feasible:
Turn off your oven about 15 minutes before the actual baking time is complete. The residual heat in you oven should finish the cooking process.
Avoid opening the oven door while you’re baking. Every time you open the door, you lose between 25 to 50 degrees of heat.
For energy savings on your stove top, make sure that your pots, pans and skillets have flat bottoms, have tight-fitting lids and that you match the size of the pan with the size of the burner.