Energy Efficiency

solar-panelsThe choices we make about how we use energy – turning machines off when not using them or choosing to buy energy efficient appliances – impact our environment and our lives.  There are many things we can do to use less energy and use it more wisely.

For example, an LED or compact fluorescent light bulb that uses less energy than an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light is an example of energy efficiency.

Only 10 percent of the energy used by an incandescent bulb produces light; the rest is given off as heat.  If you replace 25 percent of your light bulbs with LEDs or fluorescents, you can save 50% or more on your lighting bill.

In addition to using solar to offset your electrical costs, here are some more ways to reduce your electrical consumption:

  • Energy Audit – First, it is always a good idea to have an electrical contractor run an energy audit of your home.  This will show you how much power you consume and effective alternatives to reduce our energy consumption.
  • Timers – Timers can be used indoors and outdoors and can be present for convenience and safety as well as power conservation.
  • Dimmers – Lighting dimmers allow yu to save on electricity by adjusting the intensity of the lights in your home.
  • LED – LED bulbs can reduce the amount of energy you use significantly.
  • Ceiling Fans – Ceiling fans are a great way to reduce energy costs in your home.  During winter, the heated air tends to rise up and the fan helps to circulate this warm air back down and around the room.  In the summer, ceiling fans create the much wanted cool breeze.