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Myth-Busting What Does And Doesn’t Save You Energy

Myth-Busting What Does And Doesn't Save You Energy
No one wants to open their utility bill—or electric bill, if you receive those separately—only to see a shockingly high bill. Along with calling in your local electricians for electricity-saving upgrades, there are plenty of things you can do to save energy and lower your bill.

However, there are some myths about what should be done to save on your next utility bill. To help you sort fact from fiction, HedgeHog Electric is here!

Unplugging Electrical Devices Saves Electricity

A pretty popular cost-saving measure is to unplug your electrical devices to prevent “vampire energy drain” from occurring. This energy-saving trick is a real one you can use.

There are plenty of things to plug in, from your smartphone charger to your treadmill. These devices can contribute to your electricity costs as a trickle of electricity continues to flow to your electronics. Many modern electronics have a minimal drain, so the actual amount your electronics cost you a month may round out to be a few cents.

If you are worried about “vampire energy drain”, you can keep your electronics plugged into a power strip, which you can turn off. If you have a desktop or laptop, it is better to power them off completely to protect the circuitry and prevent electricity drain.

Run Appliances At Night To Cut Electrical Costs

This energy-saving myth is only half of a myth—in some areas and with some companies, electricity does cost more to run at peak hours of the day. For instance, Rocky Mountain Power has weekday peak hours, which differ depending on the time of year.

So, it is best to check if your area or electrical company has peak hours. If they don’t, then there’s no need to wait on running your appliances.

Smart Thermostats Save You On Your AC Bills

If you have high cooling bills—especially if you have an older thermostat or often forget to adjust the settings when leaving for the day—a smart thermostat can be a great way to save on your future AC bills. It will allow you to control your thermostat even when you aren’t at home, and it will keep a more accurate read on the temperature in your home than older thermostats.

Also, if you don’t feel up to changing out your thermostat, you can rely on our electricians. Jobs like upgrading your thermostat for a smart one is just one of the residential electrical services we offer.

Turning Off Lights Reduces Your Electricity Costs

In the days when incandescent light bulbs were the most common option, turning off your lights was sound advice to reduce your electrical cost. These light bulbs wasted a lot of electricity via heat. Remember trying to change out one right after it burnt out? A pretty sure way to scorch your fingertips!

However, now that LED light bulbs are so common, you don’t have to worry nearly as much about turning off your lights. These bulbs use so little electricity that turning them off has minimal impact on your overall electricity costs.

Solar Panels Don’t Make Much Of A Difference

Early solar panels and small portable solar panels aren’t overly powerful, which is where some people get the misconception that solar panels don’t make that much of a difference. But, depending on what size, wattage, and number of solar panels you have installed, you can actually save a lot of non-renewable energy—and cut down household electric costs.

We can help with your solar panel installation from the consultation, purchasing, and installation. Also, if you want your solar panel system hooked up to the local electrical grid as we install it, we can do that too.

Microwaving Is More Energy-Efficient

Funny enough, microwaving your food is more energy-efficient! Due to the fact appliances like ovens and stovetops use more energy because of heat waste. With a microwave, less heat is lost in the process of cooking or heating your food.

The problem is, if you want energy-efficiency but don’t want to microwave all your food. You can invest in more energy-efficient appliances, such as a convection oven over a standard oven and an induction stovetop over an electric coil stove.

Space Heaters Help Save On Heating Bills

This energy-saving tip is a false one for most circumstances. If you are only trying to heat up one room, using a space heater can make sense instead of spending the money on central heat to warm up an entire home.

However, if there are space heaters running in multiple rooms of your house, it is actually costing you more money. Standalone space heaters can also represent a potential fire hazard, especially if one is knocked over. So, if you want to save on your heating bills for the whole home, use central heat, close the doors in your house, and close the curtains and blinds at night.

If you need professional electricians to help you save on your electrical bills—whether you are looking to upgrade to a smart thermostat or want to install solar panels—you can contact us for a consultation and receive our transparent job bid.

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