Did you know that with a few electrical upgrades, a licensed electrician could help you drastically reduce your annual energy usage and overall electrical costs? It’s True!
Many people still seem to think that you only need a professional electrician when something goes wrong, but that just isn’t the case. There are numerous ways that an electrical technician can optimize your home’s energy use and help you save money in the process.
Although upfront investments are required, the long term savings you reap make electrical upgrades a no brainer.
In this article, we will be discussing the smartest upgrades you can hire an electrician for, as well as some you can do on your own. Let’s get started!
One of the first electrical upgrades we’d like to mention are light bulbs, which of course you can easily do all on your own.
Most households still use incandescent light bulbs which use up quite a bit of electricity. Simply upgrading them to LED bulbs could save you between 70-80% on light bulb energy uses alone.
Swapping out just five incandescent light bulbs with LEDs could save you up to 35$ a year, and the average household uses between 30-60 bulbs. Now that’s smart saving!
Aside from just changing out bulbs on your own, a licensed electrician can sweeten the deal even further with complete lighting upgrades designed to help you save and conserve!
It’s no secret that your HVAC system requires a lot of energy to perform regularly, but what isn’t as well known is the role thermostats play in the whole process.
Your thermostat is the brain of your HVAC’s operating system, that being said, outdated or even poorly placed thermostats are definitely not energy efficient.
Replacing your old thermostat with a new and improved digital version is a great way to take full control of your HVAC’s energy use and save money.
Digital thermostats like Nest can save you up to 200 whopping big ones a year! Who knew?
As far as placement goes, you want to make sure your thermostat isn’t placed in direct sunlight or in irregularly warm areas of your home.
Your thermostat uses a sensitive thermometer to measure your home’s temperature and keep it cool. A hot-spot placement could cause incorrect readings and result in excessive energy use by making your unit kick on and off at inappropriate times.
If you suspect your thermostat needs to be moved, hire a licensed electrician to assess its current placement and possibly move it into a more ideal location.
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Installing smart light switches could save you between 20-25$ a year EACH! Not to mention, Wi-Fi enabled smart switches are super easy to use and can be remotely operated from your smartphone.
Smart switches can also make coming home at night feel much safer by giving you the ability to turn on your lights before leaving your vehicle. You can even use smart switch technology as an additional layer of security by making people think you are still home when away on vacation.
You may not know this, but most plugged-in technology and appliances continue to draw in electricity and affect your energy bill even when they aren’t in use. Bummer right?
But, before you run around your home like a crazy person unplugging your phone chargers and TVs, consider a smart outlet!
Smart outlets can greatly reduce this common energy waste by only allowing electrical access when needed. Such a simple electrical upgrade can save you between 150-450$ every year!
Ceiling fans are a great way to save money and keep your home comfortable at the same time.
Upgrading or installing a ceiling fan will help you save by easing the workload of your HVAC system and cooling your home with less energy consumption.
Just be sure to leave the ceiling fan installation process to the professionals for optimal performance and safety!
It’s time you stop wasting money and get with the program, using highly-valued resources (like electricity) in smart ways is all of the rage these days and it helps you save money in the long run!
There is no reason to hold back from investing in electrical upgrades that will pay for themselves and eventually pay you.
Give A Phase Electric a call today, together we can make your electricity work smarter not harder!