As your one-source solution to energy efficiency, we’ve decided to take it a step farther...if possible. We’ve gathered a few quick tips to help you save every bit of energy (and money) that you can.
Yes, even when they are off electronic gadgets and chargers can drain energy and add cost to your bills. It’s estimated that about 5% of electricity in the U.S. is actually wasted on items that are off. What can you do to help? First, find out which household items are the most Notorious Power Hogs:
All of these items have a big energy impact even when they are off. If you don’t use these items every day, consider plugging them in on an as-needed basis.
- Cable Boxes
- Gaming Consoles
- Docking Stations
Ok, say you don’t want to unplug everything. Here are a few guidelines to help you decide which gadgets to really pull the plug on.
- The older the appliance, the more likely it is draining your energy.
- If the appliance or charger is hot when not working, it is wasting energy.
- Smart Outlets or power stripes will save you some unplugging hassle.
Incandescent light bulbs are also notorious energy wasters. As much as 90% of their power goes into making heat...not light. So we say unscrew them in favor of more efficient bulbs. Compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs are the answer for most lamps and fixtures in your home.
Although they cost more on the front end, they pay off in the long run. CFLs use 75% less energy and can last up to 15x longer. Interestingly, the lifespan of these types of bulbs is actually more affected by the number of times they are turned on and off than the amount of time they are on. So, according to energy.gov, you may want to leave the lights on if you aren’t going to be gone for more than 15 minutes. You can also make your house even more efficient with dimmers and sensors.
Update with Energy Star
When it is time to replace your major appliances, update with ENERGY STAR products. Another larger investment on the front end, these energy-efficient appliances can serve up big savings once you incorporate them into your daily life.
- ENERGY STAR dishwashers use 25% less energy.
- ENERGY STAR washers use 50% less energy, and less water to help you save on drying costs.
- ENERGY STAR refrigerators use 15% less energy.
Utilize the Ciel Power Energy Management Center
Another way we instantly save you energy and money is with the Ciel Power Energy Management Center. When you schedule your audit, you’ll gain access to this energy-saving powerhouse. The Ciel Power Energy Center is just that: innovative technology that connects directly with the utility to help you better track your energy use and plan your energy reduction goals. This way your family can better manage energy consumption and ultimately reduce energy costs. Packed with tips, rebates, and energy efficiency solutions, you'll find lots of inexpensive ways to save around the house. You’re welcome.