Electrical Savings Ideas

Homes and businesses across Alberta rely on electricity to power their appliances, finances and more. As your property become more upscale and full of appliances or other great features, you electrical requirements can rise. This can lead to higher energy costs. Professional electrical companies can help provide energy efficient options to reduce your electricity needs.

The average Canadian uses roughly 330 gigajoules of energy per year. This can result in more than 10% of your householdÕs annual income being spent on electricity. Electricity saving appliances, lighting, switches and more can help lower your electricity requirements and your energy bills. Lesser energy needs are not only good for your finances; itÕs good for the environment.

Programmable Thermostat
Do you currently have an out-dated thermostat regulating the temperature in your home or business? Consider updating to a programmable thermostat.  Programmable thermostats often have options to turn off heating or air conditioning in hours where the home in empty. More innovative thermostats, like the Nest Thermostat, can also become aware of your preferred home temperatures and only use energy when it is required. Also, do not place a lamp or other heat source near your thermostat, as this can lead to false temperature readings and over usage of electricity. Programmable thermostats offer property heating or cooling controls that reduce your energy needs.

Dimmer Switches
A professional electrician easily install dimmer switches and the switches can provide energy savings and well as interior atmosphere benefits. Dimmer switches can provide custom lighting levels that can be ideal for dinners watching movies or romantic dates. The lower lighting levels also require lesser electricity to shine. For example, a light that is dimmed by 25%, save you nearly 20% in that lights energy requirements, which can also lead to the light lasting nearly 4 times longer. Dimmer switches can promote a more green home or business while increasing the longevity of your lighting.

LED Lights
LED lights are more energy efficient that traditional incandescent lights. LED lights can provide the same lighting levels in a property but with often less than one-third of the electricity requirements. LEDÕs can offer up to 50,000 hours of useful life, which is more than 10 times the lifespan of an incandescent bulb.  LED lights are also very durable, which requires them to be replaced much less frequently than incandescent bulbs. LED lights are slightly more expensive upon initial purchase, though the costs are quickly recouped in energy savings and lessened replacement needs.

Appliances
There are energy efficient options for most major appliances. Dishwashers, furnaces, washer and dryer combos, as well as refrigerators all have energy efficient styles. Energy efficient appliances can be more costly to purchase, but similar to LED lights, these appliances recuperate their costs in energy savings.

The usage of appliances is another way to save energy. For example, when cooking, consider utilising residual oven heat to warm items, rather than pre-heating the oven twice. Rather than ironing every day, iron in bulk to save energy. Consider hand washing large dishes, so that smaller dishes can fill the dishwasher, and less overall loads will be required. And finally, turn the lights off when you leave a room or the property.