Saving Energy: One Room at a Time

Make saving energy in your home simple and easy this summer by taking it one room at a time! Saving energy can be complicated when there are so many costly, energy sucking appliances and electronics in your home. Here are some energy saving tips for the rooms in your house that are the biggest energy suckers.

The Living Room/Bedroom

Unplug electronics – Did you know that electronics like DVR/DVD players, TVs, cable, and even computer chargers all use energy even when they’re turned off? Avoid this “standby” power or “vampire” power by using switchable power strips and unplugging electronics when you leave for the weekend or vacation.

Replace light bulbs – Consider replacing light bulbs with more energy efficient ones, or installing an automatic light dimmer to save energy costs.

Keep it cool –  Your AC unit is most likely using the most power in the house this summer, so avoid turning it on by keep your room cooler and having an electrician install a ceiling fan in your living room or bedroom.

The Laundry Room

Wash with cold water – Wash your clothes with cold water when possible and remember always fill your washer up for best efficiency.

Use a drying rack – Did you know every time you use your dryer it costs as much as $0.40 per load? Use a drying rack when possible; it may not cut your energy bill in half, but air drying your clothes could save you up to $100 dollars a year!

Upgrade your appliances – Consider exchanging old appliances for greener, energy efficient appliances. Replacing an old washer can help you save over a hundred dollars and with the help of an electrician, this transition can be easy and painless.

The Bathroom

Take short showers – Your water heater is the second largest energy user in the house, accounting for about 17% of your electric bill. Take shorter, cooler showers to save on your water heater energy use.

Clean your vent fan – Don’t leave vent fans in the bathroom on for more than 15 minutes and be sure to clean your vent fan of grime and dust.

Switch out electronics – Hair dryers and straighteners, electric shavers and toothbrush chargers all use up more electricity than you may realize. Try and use these sparingly or better yet, switch them out for non-electric options.

The Kitchen

Maintain your fridge – Your fridge is a huge energy user in your kitchen. Easy habits like checking the seal to make sure no cold air is escaping, keeping it at the proper temperature, and cleaning the coils all help you save energy in your kitchen.

Load it up – Dishwashers can be very energy efficient, even more efficient than hand washing IF you load it up all the way. Fewer loads means less energy, so fill it up!

Upgrade your oven – Having a convection or gas oven can cut down on your oven power usage by 30% compared to more popular electric ovens. Installation can be a breeze with the right electrician helping you out.

As you can see, so much can be done to save energy at home when installing fans and new appliances. Make the transition to a greener home stress-free and easy by calling Mister Sparky, where your electrician needs will be handled professionally by a licensed professional. Call Mister Sparky at 281-907-8418 or contact us online today!

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