If you knew how much energy you were wasting without knowing it, it would make your head spin. You’re in luck because Fusion Electric in Kansas City is here to offer a few tips on how to cut down on energy hogging and start seeing some real savings on your energy bill, as well as how to make your home safer.
Sure there are many other things you can do to save electricity and reduce bills, like upgrading appliances to energy efficient models, and installing energy efficient windows, but we chose these three because they are easy, fast, and relatively inexpensive, so you can do it today and start saving immediately.
Change All of Your Light Bulbs to LED Bulbs
If you haven’t done this yet, do it now. Not only will you be saving energy, but you won’t have to replace another light bulb for years! Really…years! LED Lights are leading the light bulb revolution by using 25%-80% less power and lasting 3-25 times longer than conventional light bulbs. They cost a little more upfront, but by the time you factor in how many incandescent bulbs you will have gone through before the LED burns out, you’re coming out ahead and you don’t have to deal with burnt out bulbs every few months.
Get Smart with Your Power Strips
Smart power strips save energy in a number of ways. There are three types of smart power strips. One is power strips that are timer-equipped with programmable timers that shut off the products being powered by them at the time that you choose. The second type has a motion sensor that can detect movement and turn on any devices they power based on your presence. The third variety works with your computer monitor, sensing when it enters low power mode and working with its own power management.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Smart thermostats are the ultimate money-saving solution for heating and cooling your home. Considering that heating and cooling account for roughly half of your energy bills, this is an area where you can see real savings. According to the Energy Star website, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. If your annual heating and cooling bills are average, around $2,000 a year, you can save up to $200 a year.
Some smart thermostats connect to your smartphone using a downloadable app, enabling you to monitor and control the heating of your home even more efficiently from anywhere.