Whether you already have a home solar system or are just in the consideration stage, you’re likely very aware of the rising cost of electricity from our local utility providers. Home solar can take a significant bite out of these costs, but it’s also wise to adopt strategies to lower energy consumption.
In the spirit of Halloween, we thought it was an apt time to address the energy vampires that suck energy and drain your hard-earned dollars from your bank account. Among the biggest wasters of your energy include:
- Computers and printers
- Gaming consoles
- DVDs and DVR boxes
A simple strategy is to switch the power off to these devices and appliances when you’re not using them. But, of course, you can’t exactly unplug your refrigerator or mounted microwave to save a few bucks. So, the key is to make changes where you can.
For example, updating aging appliances with more efficient Energy Star models can significantly reduce energy consumption. Switching from CFL to LED light bulbs can also have a major impact. Making it a habit to turn lights off when you leave a room can also help. If you’re prone to leaving garage or outdoor lights on, consider installing a timer switch that automates their shut down after a certain number of minutes or at a specific time of day.
Make Your Own Power
Don’t want to ever be scared again to open a utility bill? Adding solar power can significantly offset and even eliminate the need to pay for utility electricity. It will also help reduce your carbon footprint while increasing the value of your home.
Want to learn more? Contact the experts at Cool Blew Solar today!