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The One Question New Homeowners Often Forget To Ask

the one question new homeowners often forget to askThe one question new homeowners often forget to ask the seller is what the utility bills are. This can become a real issue if you are planning your budget and don’t factor in a higher utility bill. Here are a few things you can ask about the home that will help you determine what your utility bill will be and if there is anything you can do to upgrade the wiring or change to make your home more energy efficient.

So, How Much Does The Utility Bill Run Each Month?

Whether you are using natural gas or electric, you can tell how energy efficient the home is by the utility bills. A modern bathroom with heated floors may seem great until you consider the amount of electricity running those heaters costs. There are many items that contribute to the utility bill. This includes things like how many people live in the house and what the appliances are. You have to consider all the aspects of the current user when you start comparing utility costs with what you’re expecting or what you’re used to. This is the one question new homeowners often forget to ask.

Consider Home Energy Efficiency

When you begin looking at ways you can save money on your utility bills, look at all the appliances and see how old they are. The water heater can use a lot of energy and so can the washer and dryer. Consider alternatives to what the existing appliances are. Look around your doors and window for leaks and consider having the air ducts and HVAC system inspected. You may also be able to save money changing the lighting or depending more on natural lighting. Windows can also be a huge factor in how energy efficient your home is. Consider how old the windows are and what the cost of replacing them would be. You might be able to install quality window treatments at the windows to help with insulation and lighting. Finally consider how old the wiring is and ask your electrician if an electrical upgrade would help.

The One Question New Homeowners Often Forget To Ask

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re buying a new home. Make sure you ask all the questions you can think of and especially the one question new homeowners often forget to ask. You can save yourself a lot of headaches and extra expenses by asking questions first and planning ahead. If you have questions about your electric or need electrical repairs, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We will be happy to help you.

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Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

hanging outdoor christmas lightsWith Thanksgiving just a week away, it’s time to talk about electrical safety and hanging outdoor Christmas lights. Many people begin decorating for the holidays during Thanksgiving weekend. Make sure you follow these simple rules from your electrician in Northern Kentucky,  to ensure your holidays don’t include a house fire or electrical repairs.

Choose The Right Decorations

When it comes to buying decorations for outdoors, safety should be first on your list. Make sure you check for a UL rating and that all your decorations are intended for outdoor use. To save on energy and ensure your lights burn cooler, consider buying LED light bulbs and light strings that use energy efficient LED lights.

Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

When hanging Christmas lights, make sure you don’t damage the cords with nails or staples. This can produce holes in the wiring that can leave the wires bare or cause the wires to short. Avoid putting too many lights on one extension cord. You can easily overload your circuit with too much electricity being used on one circuit breaker.

You may have noticed your kitchen and bath use GFCI outlets because the electricity is near a water source. This prevents electrocutions. These same outlets should be used with your outdoor lights. Rose Brothers and Sons electric will be happy to help you install the GFCI outlets or extra outlets to help ensure your electrical safety when you are hanging outdoor Christmas lights.

Make sure your lights are clear of doors and other tight areas. Door jams can cut the insulation on your wiring too. Also, keep pets and small children away from the outdoor lights and outlets.

Discard Older Decorations

If you have heirloom decorations that you enjoy, make sure the wiring is new. Older wiring is a hazard. Discard any decorations that need repair. Don’t use frayed or damaged cords.

Use A Timer

Keep your lights on a timer so that they turn off when you’re sleeping. This is safer and will help you save on your electric bill. Lights can be expensive to run.

If you are planning on decorating your house by hanging outdoor Christmas lights, play it safe with these simple suggestions. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric your electrician in Northern Kentucky is here to help with all your electrical needs.

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How to Reduce Your Utility Bill At Work

How to Reduce your utility bill at workYou can learn how to reduce your utility bill at work. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you with a few tips to reduce your monthly spending and still use as much electricity as you need.

Power Down Electronics

It may seem like a small thing, but you would be surprised how much electricity each of your office equipment or machinery drains when not in use. You can save on electricity by turning machines off when you’re not using them. Computers can also waste energy. Make sure all the computers in your office are set to sleep when not in use and to power down totally at night. This is one of the ways how to reduce your utility bill at work.

Install Programmable Thermostats

Some workplaces have open thermostats that get abused daily. Other workplaces rely on employees to turn the air or heat off or down at night. This usually ends up being done on a hit or miss basis which costs your company money. Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to program the time of day to stop and start heating and cooling and at what temperature you want the building to stay at.  Once you set the temperature you and your employees can dress to stay warm or cool.  Raising or Lowering the temperature can control how often the air or heat is on and help reduce your spending.  Your can also reduce your utility bill at work by adding ceiling fans and opening windows when it is appropriate.

Install Motion Sensor Lights

In areas that aren’t occupied often, consider installing motions sensor lights. These come on automatically as someone enters the room and turn off themselves too. This can save your electric use as you can imagine.

Use LED lights

Led lights consume much less energy than incandescent or florescent lights. They are also long lasting and durable. When compared to regular lighting they are rated 60% more energy efficient.

Use Natural lighting

Make use of every opportunity to allow natural light to come into your building. There are also many commercial window treatments that allow light in but still maintain privacy.

Consider Air Quality

When it comes to dust and other pollutants, your machinery, air filters and other electronics will work better in a cleaner environment. Dust cannot only cause allergies to you and your employees but it can cause your electronics to run hot. This can cause them to work slower and consume more energy staying cool, which results in a shorter lifespan and greater energy consumption.

How to Reduce Your Utility Bill at Work

These are just a few suggestions to help you reduce energy consumption and lower your business’s utility bill. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference and in a years time, that can add up. If you are interested in learning more ways to conserve energy, consider having an energy audit. For all your commercial electrical repairs and installations, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Self-sufficient Homes and Electricity

self-sufficient homesSelf-sufficient energy and electricity has been an interesting topic for years.  Back in the 1970’s people began to focus on energy consumption and conservation.  Many studies show that American is one of the leading users of our natural resources, but did you know that America this year was 84.5% self-sufficient energy-wise?

America’s  Goal, 100% Self-sufficient Energy

It has always been our dream as a country to be self-sufficient as far as energy was concerned.  Thanks to new technologies such as, drilling and extraction methods (hydraulic fraction and horizontal drilling) we are now more than ever close to reaching our goals.    It is estimated that by the year 2020 we will, in fact, be energy efficient.

Conserving energy with Self-sufficient buildings

Besides creating our own energy, a move toward conservation and self-sufficiency is emerging across the US.  Some people are worrying about the collapse of the grid and being self-sustaining because of electrical failure.  Other people are conserving natural resources and saving money by living off the land.

The International Energy Agency recognizes that buildings are one of the most cost-effective sectors for reducing energy use.  40% of our primary energy consumption is in our buildings and homes.  This is also where a significant source of CO2 emissions is created.  With the use of better forms of energy such as photovoltaic energy, wind turbines, geo-thermal systems and hydro turbines some are able to produce enough electricity to provide for their own needs and, also feed energy back into the grid.

How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Self-sufficient homes or autonomous homes are built with green living in mind.  By studying these homes and how they save electricity, we can learn some things we can do ourselves that will help with our energy consumption.

Unless you are starting from scratch or have lots of money to invest in solar energy or geothermal energy, you probably will find yourself doing a few things with what you have.  One of the big assets or disadvantage a house can have are it’s windows.  Self-sufficient houses are insulated well and the windows and doors are completely sealed.  You can consider replacing windows that leak.  Also you can use the location of your windows to your advantage.  They can provide sunlight for lights and sun for heat in the winter.  In the summer you can use awnings to try and reverse the effect.  Window treatments can also help with energy efficiency at your windows.

Led lights offer another way to use less energy.  They also put off heat which can help during the winter.  Led light systems can be purchased too that are powered by solar, hydro or wind.

Water is another area where we can easily conserve.  Many people today are using rain barrels to water their lawns or gardens.  You can easily use solar water heaters for your roof to heat your water without using as much electricity.  Some of these systems can be quite expensive.

Other people in an attempt to use less electricity will hang their clothes out to dry on the line.  At one time this was considered normal and everyone hung their clothes outside, then it was only people who had no dryer and it was considered for the poor. Today, we see the tide reversing as people are beginning to once again use their clothes line out of choice to conserve and be more self-sufficient.

Some of the ways to conserve electricity are just common sense.  Upgrading your windows or appliances are all good ideas.  Other ideas are more a choice and a way of life.  You can expect as we keep exploring new energy sources and ways to use that energy that people will become more energy efficient and homes and building will be built with energy and electricity offered in more self-sufficient ways.

To see how you can better use your electricity, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.

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