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Can Turning Off Your Lights Really Save You Money?

The cost of turning off a single lightbulb does not amount to noteworthy savings. However, the cost when looking at the total number of bulbs in your home is more substantial. On average American homes have 40 lightbulbs, and the energy to power those accounts for 20% of the average electric bill. When ten incandescent bulbs are left on for an hour each day, the resulting cost is $24 each year. The expense for having ten halogens left running an hour daily is $17 annually. It is $6 annually to leave ten compact fluorescents running for a single hour every day. Leaving ten LEDs on for an hour daily equates to a net cost of $5 a year. These figures when multiplied show how much it truly costs to light your home, and the savings from turning the lights off when you leave the room.

When turning off your lights you may be saving energy, but the cost effectiveness of this is dependent on the type of light bulb used. Each style of bulb differs due to their individual rated operating life, which is impacted by the number of times the light is turned off and on. With every additional flipping of the switch, the functioning lifespan of the bulb is shortened. The Department of Energy compared the electricity usage and expenses of four 60-watt equivalent bulbs. A single Incandescent bulb employs 0.06 kWh of electricity in an hour. Each one consumes roughly $6.60 in electricity in a year. This number is calculated by the cost per kilowatt hour of $0.11 for one thousand hours of operation. This is the least efficient method of lighting, so these bulbs should be turned off whenever possible. A 43-watt halogen lightbulb is able to save 25% more energy than an incandescent. In 1,000 hours of usage, the cost of one bulb is typically $4.73. Replacing an incandescent bulb with a single 15-watt compact fluorescent will cause 75% less energy to be used. The compact fluorescent has an operational cost of $1.65 per 1,000 hours. An LED bulb provides 80% higher efficiency over incandescent lightbulbs. The cost to use a 12-watt LED for 1,000 hours is only $1.32. If you are interested in saving energy and money, consider switching to more energy efficient lighting options.

If you are looking for easier ways to deal with your lights, you may want to upgrade to dimmers, timers, or motion detectors. Dimmers are an affordable option to decrease the amount of wattage and output for your lighting. Timers can be programmed to align with your daily needs. Another option is motion detectors which use heat waves to detect when someone is in the room, and shuts lights off when there is no movement present. These are great solutions to reducing your lighting usage and ultimately saving energy.

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Would Your Home Benefit from Solar Panels?

If you find your monthly energy bills to be too high, there is an alternative option to reduce them. Solar energy relies on natural light to power your home. There are some considerations to keep in mind before putting solar panels on your roof, as some homes are better suited than others.

To receive the most production of energy in the northern hemisphere, it is best to have a south-facing orientation. This has the most direct sunlight exposure. The ideal to place solar panels is on an area that is within forty degrees of directly south to guarantee optimal generation. You can have panels installed on flat roofs or mounted to the ground, but the system will be tilted to ensure the highest south-facing exposure.
Your home is a good candidate for solar panels if there is minimal shading. If you have tall trees surrounding your house, this will shield the sun from reaching the panels. When living in the city, adjacent taller buildings also produce shade. You may have the option to remove any obstructions if you are certain you want a solar energy system for your home.

The amount of roof space you have will be a factor in how much of a benefit you obtain. Panels can be installed around vent pipes, skylights, and chimneys. However, obstructions will reduce the space for panels. Ample room for the solar technology allows for the greatest return on energy. If your roof features dormers, this will also have an impact.

Solar panels are becoming more popular, and for a good reason. Since 2010, the cost of installation has decreased by more than 70 percent. Relying on solar energy for power can equate to saving over $100 every month. You can also start seeing a return on investment from day one. Solar also offers stable energy expenses, so you do not have to deal with a nearby utility provider that is continuously changing. Solar panels are a great selling point if you ever put your home on the market. Houses equipped with solar panels are sold an average of twenty percent faster. They also have a market value worth about seventeen percent more.

If you are worried about your environmental footprint, making the switch to solar energy will have a positive effect on the ecosystem. The carbon dioxide emissions released by a car travelling 100,000 miles is offset by using solar panels. Your solar equipment will be around for a while, as well. The industry standard promises that after 25 years your solar panels will still be producing at 80% performance. Solar energy is also a step towards reducing dependency on foreign energy. Around 40% of the United States imports are a combination of coal, oil, and natural gas products.

For all your electrical needs, rely on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We are available for all types of electrical problems from residential to commercial to industrial. We are focused on delivering exceptional service to ensure customer satisfaction. We are accessible 24 hours a day in case an emergency situation arises. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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Tips for Saving Money on Your Energy Bills

Monthly energy bills are an unavoidable expense. If your bill is causing your bank account pain, there are some simple methods to increase your energy efficiency and save you money.

If your home requires air conditioning and heating, there are some tricks to ensure you get the most from your money. Make sure all the vents are open and clear. Closing vents to prevent access to certain rooms does not limit energy consumption. This is a myth that will result in increasing your energy expenses. Air filters in your vents need to be replaced on a monthly basis or proper airflow will be restricted. The filters eliminate the unnecessary particles, like dust and dirt, from circulating in your home. You can purchase filters in bulk which will work out to one to two dollars for each. Measure your vents to ensure you get the correct size.

Altering your laundry routine can help save you money. When your washer is running, 90% of the energy the machine consumes is used for heating the water. Washing your clothes in cold water has multiple benefits. On top of reducing your energy costs, the colors will not bleed as much. This can allow you to mix light and dark loads with no worries of dyeing your clothes. Make sure you are not adding too many articles of clothing in your load of laundry. If there is no room for movement in the dryer, the heat will not be able to properly dry all items. You may have to do another cycle in the dryer, which is an unnecessary energy expense. To use the machines at the most effective rate, there should 25% of unfilled space in the washer and dryer. Some power companies offer lower rates during non-peak hours. Most commonly the discount begins at eight PM, so this is when you should start doing your laundry to save money. If doing your chores at this hour is possible, your wallet will surely benefit from the switch. The time will vary by utility company, so be sure to contact your energy provider.

Turning off lights when you leave rooms is an easy way to cut down on energy waste. Lighting accounts for 20% of your energy bill, so it would be valuable to switch out your lightbulbs for a more energy efficient option, like LED lightbulbs. The cost to light 10 incandescent bulbs for an hour every day is $24 a year. However, you only have to pay $5 annually to power 10 LED lightbulbs for an hour each day. These savings are possible because LEDs are 80% more efficient than incandescent bulbs.

These are small changes that can improve the energy efficiency of your home. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are a locally-owned and operated business. We are focused on saving our clients time and money by finding the root of the problem and solving it quickly and efficiently. Other electricians can be fixated on fixing the issue at the surface but not the actual cause. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Cincinnati and Northern KY.

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Thinking of Switching to LED Bulbs? We Can Help!

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While lighting and light bulbs are usually low on your to do list, they rank very high on the list for great design techniques. Since every room in your home needs lighting to function properly, you should only want the highest quality light bulbs. There is a wide variety of different light bulbs out there, including compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), incandescent light bulbs, Halogen light bulbs, and the ever-popular light emitting diode light bulbs (LED). Have you ever wondered how LED light bulbs became so popular? People that wanted to move away from generic bulbs did their research and found out that they are all around better for their home. They found that LED bulbs could also save them money, and good news travels fast! Our trusted electricians at Rose Brothers & Son’s Inc Electric and Construction , located in Walton, KY, know all the ins and outs about anything dealing with electricity, and it would be our pleasure to pass on our knowledge to you!

You work hard for the things you have, so why not make them work for you? When you choose non-LED bulbs, rather than saving money on your electric bill, they can actually cause it to be higher. Plus, you have to replace them fairly often. Along with LED lights being environmentally friendly, they are also pocket friendly. The upfront cost of LED bulbs may be a little more, but the long-term savings are definitely worth a few extra bucks now.

Do you have random lights in your home that are different colors? That does not means that you have one room that is vibrant green and another room purple, but different hues of yellow. The difference in colors can be distracting to the eye, especially if it’s happening in one room where one side of your room is a warm yellow and the other side is a more of a lighter yellow. With LED lights, you can choose to have a specific light color. That way, you can have the mood set for your room without having to use dimmers. A cooler blue light is one of the more popular choices.

You don’t only have to place LED lights inside of your home. You can and should also place them in highly used areas outside of your home. If you are like most people, you probably forget to turn your front porch and garage light off when you leave for work in the morning. Wouldn’t you feel better knowing that you are still saving 85% more energy when you use LED light bulbs? Start spending less time buying and changing incandescent light bulbs and start saving time and money with LED light bulbs.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you with all of your electrical needs, from knowledge about changing your light bulbs all the way up to rewiring your entire house. With over 45 years of experience, you can be confident that our family-owned company will get the job done right the first time. We proudly serve Northern KY, and Cincinnati.

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How to Dispose of Your Gadgets in an Environmentally Friendly Way

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Believe it or not, there may come a time when need to find a way to dispose of your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. It probably won’t be that you’re swearing off technology, but rather that you just updated to a newer version and no longer need the old one. Your first thought may be to just toss your gadgets into the garbage can with your regular household trash, but that may not be the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of them. There are many alternative ways to dispose of your gadgets. Gadgets can also include your smoke detector, an old alarm system, or even your garage door opener. Here at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. Electric and Construction, we want to provide you with the proper information, so you can do what’s best for you and your community. We are located in Walton, KY and serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. For several decades, our team of professional electricians and contractors have been working on the inside and outside of homes to make them more environmentally friendly.

This even includes the end of some of our projects, when we have to dispose of some materials and gadgets.
When someone chooses to go green, they most likely did not make the decision just because it sounds cool or because everyone is doing it. However, we want to get the word out about going green, so hopefully everyone will be doing it. Because most gadgets contain toxic substances like lead and mercury, it is very important that you dispose of them in the proper manner. One of the best ways to ensure this is done properly is by taking all your electronics and gadgets to a recycler. We don’t mean the blue recycling bin, but a company whose job it is to safely recycle and dispose of electronics that can be bad for the environment if not disposed of properly. When disposing of gadgets, the first step you should take is to erase any personal items on your hard drive. This way, no one can access it after you dispose of it. After you have cleared your computer, call up a recycling program, and they can give you information on any drop off locations they may have.

Life is busy, so it may be hard for you to find time to drive around and find somewhere to safely dispose of your gadgets. The good thing is, most of these companies offer pick up services, so you never have to leave the comfort of your own home. Just let them know what day and time you are available, and they will work with you, making it easy to properly get rid of your electronics and keep the environment healthy! If you don’t want to just throw away some gadgets because they still work well, consider donating them to someone else who might need them. Why get rid of something that still works if you have the chance to pass it on to someone in need?

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