Electrical summer energy efficiency tips
Ask yourself these questions to find out how you can make your home this summer more energy efficient:
- How to use ceiling fans during summer
- Do you know how much energy it takes to light your home?
- Cook with your outdoor gas grill instead of your indoor gas stove
- Energy efficient appliances
- Recessed lighting
Electrical energy efficiency tips
During the summer, you want the air blowing directly on you so you will feel cooler from the wind chill effect (which is how fans cool you off). Stand under the fan and turn it up on high speed. If you don’t feel much air, then turn the fan off and reverse the toggle switch. Turn it back on high speed. If you feel more air, you have it in the right position. Whichever position you feel the most air movement when standing directly under the fan is the correct position for summer. If you do not feel much air in either direction, then your fan has a very weak motor with a relatively flat pitch to the blade. Fans like this won’t do much good for you in either direction during the summer. Consider hiring an electrician technician to replace your ceiling fan.
Cost of using a ceiling fan
Industry experts speculate the energy savings from using ceiling fans can be as much as 15%, assuming you do raise the thermostat setting and only run the fans when people are in the room. The savings is a result of reduced air conditioning use due to the higher thermostat setting and takes into account the cost of energy used by the fan itself.
- Remember to adjust your thermostat when using your ceiling fan — additional energy and dollar savings could be realized with this simple step!
- Make sure to turn your ceiling fans off when you leave home. Doing so can lead to big savings, however, which is why this step is important. If you’re worried you’ll forget, include turning off the ceiling fans in your daily ritual as you leave for work. Turn off the lights, lock the doors, and turn off your ceiling fans.
Lighting is one of the main users of energy in your home. In fact, according to the EIA, lighting makes up for 12 percent of all US energy consumption. Compact fluorescent light bulbs use about 25% of the electricity to produce the same amount of light as incandescent light bulbs. You can reduce your lighting bills by as much as 75 percent simply by switching from old school light bulbs to installing smart light bulbs instead. Connect your smart light bulbs to your phone with COR Home Automation.
When you can’t take the heat, move out of the kitchen!
It’s a funny saying, but there’s truth in the joke. Literally, cooking outside will help your summer’s cooling bill stay low. Take frequent opportunities to bring the heat from the kitchen to the backyard instead. From the gas stove to the gas grill!
Outdoor cooking comes in all shapes and sizes, from a little charcoal hibachi on the back stoop to a full-on culinary compound big enough to accommodate a catering crew. Typically, only your yard size, budget, and local ordinances limit your desires.
It’ll save on cooling costs for your home, plus you’ll get the opportunity to breathe fresh air. Let your meats marinate in juices and spices, then enjoy lighting up your gas grill and drinking a cold one.
Measure the distance between the house and the gas grill to be at least 10 feet away from each other.
Install energy efficient appliances
When it’s time to replace your home’s appliances, have this thought in mind: “Only the best will do.” Energy efficient appliances will eventually save you money on your electrical bills, but it will also help protect the environment. You can do your part in reducing your carbon footprint by spending more money upfront to invest in not only your home’s resale value, but also the planet that you’re passing down to future generations on this Earth. Plus, it’s always nice to enjoy the perks of living with such technological advances that make your daily lives easier. Our experienced handyman and electrician will upgrade your lifestyle and your home by installing energy efficient appliances.
Recessed lights, also known as can lights, are flush with the ceiling to create a clean and modern look for homes. Recessed lights are good for design, but can leak precious energy as the other end of the light sticks up into the attic floor. Warmed air during wintertime easily and quickly escapes the room when the warmer air inside naturally rises to the ceiling, creating drafts in rooms where cold outdoor air is exchanged for heated indoor air. This often creates a significant source of air leaks and wasted energy. Especially if the cans are older models or if the fixtures were installed improperly. New, energy efficient recessed lights are easy to find and a electrician will be able to properly install them.
How to install energy efficient recessed lighting
The best recessed lights combine a polished, clean look with a flexible, energy-efficient lighting solution. Replace old lights with modern, energy efficient recessed lights to greatly improve the situation. The modern version of recessed lights are labeled “ICAT” (insulation contact air tight) to indicate that they can be covered with insulation and are much less leaky. Use LED light bulbs and have your electrician install a dimmer switch so you’re not wasting unnoticed electrical brightness.