February 14, 2018
It’s possible to gain a greater edge over your finances just by flipping a few switches in your home. A moment of mindfulness can help you keep more money in your pocket, protect the environment, and create a more sustainable world. At CMC Electric, we care about both the functionality of your electrical system and the future of our planet. Every act you take to save yourself on utility costs also means that our world benefits from lower energy expenditures.
Using energy responsibly is becoming increasingly important in a world where resources are growing become strained. Since we’re still working on cultivating sustainable energy sources, let’s do our best with what we have. As you take responsibility and use only the energy you need, others in your family, especially children, will learn to continue this habit as they grow up.
Turn off Devices That Waste Power
Did you know that it actually costs money to leave some electrical devices plugged in? Keeping common appliances or devices on a power strip can make it easy to turn off multiple unused electric items at once. Though unplugged lights aren’t too much of a threat, bigger ticket items like the following devices can slowly siphon energy while they’re plugged in, even when they’re turned off.
- Computers can use more than 50 Watts when plugged in and kept on.
- TVs with instant power-on features can use up to 50 Watts when plugged in but turned “off.”
- Cell phone chargers left in a fully charged phone.
- Your router. Turning off the WiFi at night helps save energy.
- Your Blu-Ray player or consoles if they’re still “on,” but you’re not using them.
- Any AC/DC converter that isn’t Energy Star certified.
- Any smart home device with an LED screen.
- A coffee maker that is set to “keep warm.”
- Printers kept “on” though they’re not in use.
Basically, if the item is still doing “work” when plugged in and not in use, you should turn them off and unplug when they’re not in use. It’s easier to have a series of devices attached to a power strip and flip the switch to “off” when you leave the house or go to bed.
Turn off the Lights
Depending on the type of light bulb you have, the savings can be minimal or significant, but you’ll still be saving some energy. Incandescent and halogen bulbs are the least efficient and save you the most when you turn them off. Outdoor halogen lights should be turned off when the sun rises. If you have a challenge in remembering to turn off everything before you leave for work or go to bed, you can invest in time switches or home automation to schedule when they go off and on.
Get an Electrical Inspection
Some high electric bills may not be just stemming from keeping things on. You may be suffering from a faulty electrical system. It’s always wise to get a home inspection to make sure all your outlets and wiring are in good shape. CMC electric has been in business since 2005, earning a reputation for trust and quality, one customer at a time. If you need an electrician, Raleigh residents have been counting on for over a decade, call us today at 919.246.4798 or request our services online.