In today’s economy, who could not use a few extra bucks in the form of savings from the big electric company? We can’t get away from paying our electric bill but we can certainly cut into their deep pockets and ALLOW ourselves to breathe a little bit easier.

Here are 11 tips to get you seeing more “green” in your pockets and being more green in your home or office!

1. Ceiling fans are designed to instantly circulate air and give you immediate results. This means that leaving a fan on while nobody us in the room to “keep it cool” does not work. The moment you turn on the fan, you will feel just as much coolness as if you would have had the fan running all night. So why leave the fan running all night?

2. When choosing a ceiling fan for your space, sizing it according to the size of the space you would like to cool is very important. Sizing it too small will consume just as much energy with none of your desired results. If you only feel a breeze only when you are directly underneath it, it’s too small. In this case, bigger is better. Put the largest size fan that you can fit without it obstructing doors, cabinets or other fixed or movable items. extra tip: make sure fan blades do not extend below any fixed lights such as hi hats and such or you will end up producing the “disco strobe” effect that will eventually drive anyone batty. The three factors that determine the amount of air that a ceiling fan will produce is 1.) the
length of the blade 2.) the width of the blade and the angle at which the blades are pitched. The number of blades is irrelevant.

3. It is a myth that computers hardly consume any electricity. Not only do they consume their fair share, but rarely are they plugged in by themselves. Usually they are accompanied by a printer, a modem, a monitor as well as a host of other gadgets that suck energy from your computer. Want to save some big bucks? Shut it all down. I mean the entire runway light off. Your computer station should not be your night light to find your way to the bathroom.

4. Cell phone, blue tooth chargers and other accessory chargers consume energy whether they are plugged into their devices or not. That cell phone charger that you have conveniently plugged in next to your nightstand so that you can plug your phone in at night is consuming energy all day. This goes the same for TVs, DVDs and any other electronic equipment. Although it may not be realistic to go around the house, unplugging all these items before going to sleep, how badly do you need to save money?

5. If you haven’t done it in years, put all new weatherproofing on all your windows and doors. Get the right size and the right type for your application. They come in different widths and different materials depending on the location. Weather stripping becomes completely flat after years of opening and closing. Once that happens, the airtight seal is lost and air can enter or escape. This stuff is cheap and easy enough for any homeowner to install. It’s foam with adhesive tape. How hard can it be?

6. Schedule an energy saving evaluation from FP&L or your local power company. These visits are free and they do a complete evaluation on your HVAC system including your air handler, your duct work as well as your windows and doors. After they are done, they will not only let you know where you have leaks, but they can print out, right there on the spot, vouchers to help you offset the cost of repairs as well as a list of certified contractors in your area that can do the work. Believe it or not, the power companies want you to save energy but are also willing to charge you through the nose for what you do use.

7. Use motion sensors for your outside lights. Photocells leave lights burning all night long unnecessarily. Lights that are on motion sensors not only give you light when you need it, but also gives you the element of surprise with would be predators that hide in the cover of darkness.

8. Energy efficient light bulbs. These are readily available just about everywhere. They can save you up to 75% from regular incandescent bulbs. Nowadays they come in different colors that are far more muted than the traditional stark white. Fluorescents are not usually dimmable, but there are special fluorescent dimmers that can be installed to achieve just the right amount of light. Don’t try a regular incandescent dimmer with these bulbs as they will only flicker when at less than maximum power.

9. Speaking of dimmers: they are multifunctional. Not only do they provide softness and ambiance, they help save energy. The amount of power you let pass through that dimmer is the amount of power you are consuming. If you have your dimmer set at half mast, you will consume half the power that the bulbs you are dimming are rated for.

10. Check power cords and extension cords for any kind of fraying or breaks. Electricity is energy. Energy is like water. It will flow through the point of least resistance. If there is a break in the line, not only do you run the risk of a short circuit and possible injury or property damage, but energy is leaving through that point in the form of heat. Remember, you cannot see or smell electricity under most conditions but you can certainly feel it‐upon contact and in your pocket.

11. Insulation will make a huge difference in your energy bill. With no or little insulation, your AC or heater will work endlessly to achieve the desired temperature. With proper insulation, your systems work more efficiently and less hard to keep you comfortable.

Following these simple tips will not only help you save some green but will help our planet stay green as well. We are living in a world of so much abundance, most of is oblivious as to the carbon footprint we are leaving behind. The more energy we save, the less stress we put in our environment and the more planet we will leave behind for future generations.

When the time comes that you are given the opportunity to vote on renewable, more environmentally friendly forms of energy, I hope you will join me in voting for the kinds of energy production that will
give our planet a chance.

For more energy saving tips as well as answers to common electrical mysteries, please click here to visit me at the
“Ask Jess” section of my website.

Jessica Garcia
Jess Electric, Inc.

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