4 Energy Use Resolutions for 2017

Electricity is ever-present in our lives, whether we’re charging our phones, reading a book after dark, cooling or heating our home, or playing electronic games. When we use this much electricity, it’s no wonder our Manatee County, Florida, electricity bills can be sky high. We’ve put together tips on how to review your 2016 electricity costs to make energy resolutions for 2017 and save money in your home.

Reduce Phantom Loads

We all have energy vampires in our home sucking out energy that has little to no benefit to us in our daily lives. Your appliances, especially TVs and older stereo equipment, are particularly guilty of this. Reduce phantom loads easily by using power strips that cut off electricity to appliances in standby mode, thereby reducing your overall energy use.

Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances

Your large appliances, especially in the kitchen, use a lot of energy. Consider the energy it takes to run your refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, washing machine, and air conditioner all at once. When buying new appliances, be sure to look for an Energy Star rating indicating an appliance is energy-efficient.

Make Lighting Changes

The lighting throughout your home (not to mention outdoor holiday lights) can cost a lot of money on your monthly electric bill. Consider switching to LED bulbs to reduce energy use or using remote plugs to turn off lights remotely from anywhere in the house.

Adjust Air Conditioning and Heat Use

These large appliances are major energy users. However, you can make small changes in the way you use your air conditioning and heat, such as installing smart thermostats, using ceiling fans, and dressing for the season, to save energy.

We hope these tips will help you review your energy use throughout 2016 and make changes to your lifestyle in 2017 to save energy and money on your electricity bills. If you have any electrical troubles or concerns, don’t hesitate to call Luminous Electric at   to make a maintenance appointment.

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