Home electrical upgrades that boost energy efficiency
by Rachel Fung
on Sunday, July 14th, 2019 at 9:38am.
Making efforts to reduce your energy use at home will reduce your impact on the environment, and with less energy consumed, it will also reduce your monthly energy bills. Here are some ideas for electrical projects that will decrease the amount of electricity you use at home:
Switch to energy efficient light bulbs.
If you’re still using traditional incandescent light bulbs, you’re wasting about 90% of the energy they produce in lost heat, not light. LED bulbs use only 20 to 25% of the energy incandescent bulbs use and they can last up to 25 times longer! LEDs are more expensive, but they have come down in price compared to what they used to be, and you will see a return on investment in energy savings in the long-term.
You can also switch to CFL bulbs, which use about 25% less energy to produce light than incandescent and are less expensive than LED lights. They also last up to 10 times longer than conventional bulbs.
Install a programmable thermostat.
Hire the electricians in Sherwood Park to install a programmable thermostat in your home. Then you can program your thermostat to turn down the heat when you’re away at work or on vacation, and when you are sleeping. Why spend money on energy to heat your home when you’re not there or you’re fast asleep? Programmable climate control will reduce your energy consumption substantially.
Invest in energy efficient appliances.
If you’re ready to replace your old appliances, consider an energy efficient upgrade. Did you know that your major appliances are some of the heaviest energy users in the home? Refrigerators, stoves, ovens, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers are the biggest culprits. Consider switching some of these to ENERGY STAR certified appliances. Typically, an ENERGY STAR certified product is in the top 15 to 30% of it’s class for energy efficiency.
Consider going solar.
Installing a solar power system is a major investment, but it is the best and most effective way to drastically reduce the amount of electricity you use in the home. Installed by an electrical companies in Edmonton or a solar contractor, a solar photovoltaic (PV) system will capture the free energy from the sun and convert it into electricity to power your home. Though the initial set up is expensive, you will never have to worry about fluctuating or increasing electricity rates and will enjoy a more sustainable lifestyle. Plus, excess generated power is directed back into the grid and you can receive a credit in place of a bill.
While some of these projects are more involved than others, each will help you achieve a greener home. Get in touch with a reputable and trustworthy electrical contractor for more ideas on how you can enhance your energy efficiency. Read more articles about Pot Light Installation.