Electrical Tips to Make a Home More Green

Three Ways to Save on Electric Bills

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) notes that the average household in Wisconsin spends around $100 a month on their electricity bill. That’s nothing to scoff at. Many homeowners wonder how they can reduce their energy usage and save money. Luckily, they have options. This blog post will share tips to help homeowners save money on their electric bills.

Install Ceiling Fans

install a ceiling fanInstalling ceiling fans in a home can save energy by allowing the heater and air conditioner to be used less. The direction of ceiling fan blades can majorly impact regulating temperature in a home. Set the fans to spin counterclockwise during the summer and warmer months for a cooling effect. It will create a wind chill that helps keep homes cool and comfortable.

In the winter and colder months, reverse the direction of the ceiling fan blades by flipping a switch or pressing a button on the fan itself. When spinning clockwise, the fan will help push warm air near the ceiling back down into living areas, allowing homeowners to run their heaters less frequently and save on energy costs.

Turn Off Lights and Unplug Appliances

turn off the lightsMany homeowners don’t know about a phenomenon called “phantom power.” Imagine a space heater plugged into an outlet, but it’s not on. Even though the appliance isn’t on, it still consumes energy and costs money. To reduce phantom energy, homeowners should unplug devices when not actively on. Of course, this doesn’t apply to appliances that constantly need power, like the refrigerator. Homeowners should consider unplugging:

  • Microwaves
  • Toasters
  • TVs
  • Video game consoles
  • DVD players
  • Phone chargers
  • Laptop chargers
  • String lights and lamps
  • Coffee makers and espresso machines

Homeowners should also turn off the lights when they’re not needed and before they leave a room. Natural light from the windows should also be taken advantage of during the day to reduce electricity use and costs. Alternatively, homeowners can install dimmers on their lights to save even more energy.

Install LED Lights

More and more homeowners are installing LED lighting in their homes because it offers many benefits. LEDs are the most energy-efficient lighting technology available, so they can help save homeowners money on their electric bills. Some additional benefits of LED lightbulbs include the following:

  • LEDs use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs.
  • LEDs last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lightbulbs. This means they are more durable and don’t need to be replaced as often.
  • LEDs emit very little heat compared to incandescent and CFL bulbs, making them safer. Because they don’t emit a lot of heat, they’re less likely to cause fires.

About ICT Electric

ICT Electric has over 30 years of experience serving Rhinelander, WI, and the surrounding areas. They provide straightforward pricing, on-time arrivals, and a satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for LED lighting installations or ceiling fan and chandelier services in Rhinelander, WI.

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