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Electric Repairs and Tips To Save You Money

electric repairsThere are a few electric repairs and summer time money saving tips that can help lower your electric bill.  August can be one of the hottest months of the year and the average home spends hundreds of dollars a year on energy costs, mostly because of air conditioning.  You can lower your electric bill and help save the environment by following some of these recommendations.  See which of these you can implement and start reaping the rewards of extra savings.

Control Your Thermostat

If your house is like mine, there is a constant war over the thermostat.  My daughter is always hot and likes to keep the air on really high.  My husband is more conservative and follows behind her and turns it back down.  It is suggested that your thermostat should be set to 78 degrees when your home and 80 or more when your away.   You are likely to save up to 3 percent per degree over 72 degrees. Many people are installing new digital thermostats to regulate their homes more.  There are many different ones on the market that can help control your energy use.  Your professional electrician can help with electric repairs and thermostat installations.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep the air moving in your home.  Many times you can set your thermostat higher and stay comfortable with the use of ceiling fans.  Make sure your fan blades are rotating counter clockwise to push air down and maximize air circulation.  If you need to install more ceiling fans, call your professional electrician and they can help.

Use Appliances Sparingly

Your microwave is the most energy efficient way to cook.  It uses less energy than your stove and it won’t heat up the kitchen.  This will help with your cooling bill.  Your dryer is also a huge consumer of electricity.  You can lower your utility bill by hanging clothes outside on a clothes line.  Peak electricity use hours are from 4pm to 6pm.  Avoid running appliances during this time especially if an electricity emergency is declared. Turn off appliances, lights, power strips and equipment when not in use. Unplug  the spare refrigerator if you have one but don’t really need it.  Freezers that are plugged in but not full will be more costly to run too.  Consider replacing older appliances with newer more energy efficient appliances.

Install a Whole House Fan

If you don’t have an attic fan, consider installing one.  A whole house fan can draw cool air into your home through the windows and suck the hot air up and out through the attic vents.  These are best used in the evening and early morning and can help reduce your air conditioning use.  Your electrician can help you determine if an attic fan would work in your home.

HVAC Maintenance

Having your HVAC system checked and maintained will cause it to work better and more efficient.  You can save energy with clean filters too.  If you have an older a/c unit, you may want to replace it with a newer more energy efficient model.   If you plant trees around your a/c unit, it will use about 5% less energy.   Leaking ductwork needs to be repaired to save around 25% of your energy bill.

Keeping Up With Electrical Repairs

Whenever you notice a problem with your electricity it is important to get it fixed right away.  Repairing things when the problem is first noticed and small, beats waiting and facing larger and more costly repairs later.  Electrical repairs and  electrical upgrades can also help with your energy and utility bills.  Older homes may need electrical repairs to ensure their electric is efficient and economical.  Your electrician can help you determine if there are other ways you can save on your electric bill.  If you have any questions or need electric repairs, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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Environmentally Friendly Electricity

electricityEnvironmentally friendly electricity or green electricity is a hot topic in most places these days.  With the high cost of fuel and the worry of our planet’s depleting resources, it is no wonder people everywhere want to go green.   When fuels are burned, carbon dioxide the main gas responsible for climate change is released making power plants environmentally dangerous.  The United States has a higher consumption of fuel than any other country with China being the lowest.  To make matters worse, the United States buys most of it’s fuel and so we have the problem of relying on other countries to produce the large amount we consume.  So we see having environmentally friendly electricity is a two-fold problem.

Where Does Electricity Come From

Power plants create electricity by burning fuels such as gas and coal.   These fossil fuels for the most part come from other countries and will eventually be exhausted.  Finding replacement fuel or energy is what environmentally friendly electricity is all about.

There are many types of renewable energy.  This is energy that won’t be exhausted because Mother Nature replenishes it regularly.  An example of this type of power would be wind power and solar energy.  A large focus is seen, in companies searching for an alternative to gas and Coal.  Wind turbines have developed over the years making them quieter and more dependable.

Besides wind power we also have solar power.  Solar power works by turning sunlight into electricity.  With today’s technology, solar power can work even on cloudy days.  One down fall to solar energy is the cost.    Some homeowners are able to take advantage of solar energy.  Another way they do this is by using the sun’s energy to heat water on the roof before it is either further heated or stored.  14% of your electricity goes to heating water.

Today houses and buildings are being designed with the environment in mind to make maximum use of the sun.  Today much of the energy we currently use heating, lighting and air conditioning our homes can be saved.

If you live near Perry County, you may have heard about bio-mass and the use of burning wood to provide electricity to homes in the area.  This technique burns plant and plant based material and creates energy.  It is thought that the carbon dioxide the plant uses during its life will offset the carbon dioxide released during burning.

Other types of energy that creates electricity are nuclear energy, with it’s own concerns, geothermal energy, hydropower, wave or tidal power, landfill gas and waste incineration.  All these types of power have their drawbacks and so the search for an answer goes on.

What Can Homeowners Do To Save Electricity

There are many things we can do to save electricity.  Turning off lights and lowering or raising our thermostats is all good options.  We can purchase energy efficient appliances.  In 1992 the Energy Star Program started to allow customers to see which appliances were more energy efficient.  On average an appliance with the star will save 30% more in electricity.  Washing machines alone are 60% more energy efficient than they were 20 years ago.  They can save you up to $85 per year.  Not only do they save on electricity but they can use up to 8 fewer gallons per load.

Older appliances and electrical systems are not as energy efficient as they are today.  This is one of the benefits of getting new appliances or having new electricity installed.  Many times you can get rebates for going green and having environmentally friendly electricity or appliances.

If you have any questions please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electricity at (859)746-9440 we will be happy to help you with all your electricity needs.

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