5 Tips To Lower Your Electric Bills

Use LED Bulbs Instead of Compact Fluorescents

If you haven’t already, pull out your wallet to replace your old Compact Fluorescent bulbs with LED bulbs. They last 2.5 times longer than CFLs, saving nearly $80 per year in in lifetime electric cost per bulb over CFLs. LEDs don’t contain mercury like CFLs, don’t need to warm up for full light output, and are usually fully dimmable, unlike many CFLs. LED’s emit no ultraviolet light to fade colors, and they’re safer than CFLs or incandescent bulbs because they operate at much lower temperatures. Selections in LED bulbs are falling rapidly plus several utilities are offering rebates for LED bulbs, including Xcel Energy. Learn more about LEDs, the cost, and where to get them at responsiblebynature.com/lighting/about-leds.

Get a Programmable Thermostat—And Use It

At the minimum, most people are asleep for 6-8 hours a day, and many homes sit empty for long periods while their inhabitants are away at work or school. Programmable thermostats save big on heating and cooling costs by letting you lower your furnace or air conditioner settings while you’re away or asleep. Of course they need to be programmed to work best, so read the instructions and set yours up to net the most savings.

Be a Draft-Dodger

Drafts are huge energy-wasters, costing as much as 25% of your heating and cooling energy. Proper insulation is your first line of defense, so make sure your insulation’s R-value is appropriate for your climate. Along Colorado’s Front Range, you need an attic insulation value of R-40 and wall insulation of R-13 or more. Check for infiltration at outlets and switches on exterior walls and leaks around windows and doors. Inexpensive insulators that fit inside cover plates plus weather stripping are commonly found at hardware stores. Sealing drafts and leaks is one of the least expensive ways to cut down on energy use and make your home more comfortable.

Use Energy Efficient Appliances

When replacing appliances, look for the Energy Star® rating. High-efficiency refrigerators and washing machines will net you the most significant savings, but upgrading any of your appliances will add up to considerable savings over the course of a year.

Run Full Loads in Washers and Dryers

About 80% of the cost of running clothes washers and dishwashers comes from heating the water. Dishwashers with internal heaters and load sensors reduce costs by as much as 40%. Do your part by only running dish and clothes washers with full loads. Most clothes come perfectly clean in warm or cold water washes, so save the hot water. Running dryer loads back-to-back retains the heat you’ve already paid for, and clean vents keep warm air moving freely, cutting down on drying time.

The pros at Allstar Electrical have recommendations to save energy and costs. When you’re ready to get serious about energy savings, contact us for a complete Residential Electrical Evaluation Audit. Our audit includes checking for service and safety issues and anything else that may affect the efficiency, safety, and convenience of your electrical service.

Allstar Electrical brings over 25 years’ experience in working with homeowners, businesses and contractors to your home or business. We’re A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and a proud recipient of a 2013 Super Service Award from Angie’s List. Contact the pros at Allstar Electrical Service today to schedule an appointment to review your home’s energy use and other electrical needs. It’s as simple as calling 303.399.7420 or using our online service request, available anytime, day or night.

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