Making your home more energy efficient may seem troublesome at first, but there are many ways to be greener. Today’s homeowners are particularly focused on being green and energy efficient because the results of our impact on the environment are readily accessible.
But it’s not only the environment that suffers when we use too much energy, our utility bills do, as well. By taking steps to reduce the amount of power we use in our homes, whether that’s gas or electricity, we can make our lives and the world better. Global warming has reached a critical stage in the world, and the only way to reduce the impact that it will have on our future is to start reducing the energy we use and cleaning up after ourselves as a collective.
Energy And The Environment
Using energy emits something we know as “greenhouse gases”. These gases are able to absorb radiation from their surroundings, then emit that radiant energy within their thermal infrared range. Some of the main greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. These are three of the most harmful and dangerous gases. Of course, turning a light off every now and then isn’t going to stop the effects of global warming. But if every household adopted reduced energy methods, we could easily start taking steps towards saving our world. If you’re unsure where you should start, then start with your electrician.
Why Work With An Electrician?
A skilled electrician can help you learn how to be more energy efficient in your home. Many experienced electricians are quite knowledgeable about various cost-effective strategies that can lower the amount of electricity you use; and if you lower your usage, you lower your costs.
Look around your home – How many things do you have plugged in and turned on that don’t need to be? The most probable answer is Many. From mobile phones on charge to televisions and kitchen appliances. When something is plugged in and turned on, it’s using electricity. Even if you aren’t actively using the device or appliance in question, a small percentage of your electricity is still flowing through the plug in your wall that you’ve left switched on.
An electrician has the ability to give you an energy audit in your home. They will discover what’s using your electricity on a daily basis, and what you can turn off save more energy. Even switching off the main plug for your television set at night can help save you a little money. Especially if you have a lot of game consoles plugged into the same extension cord.
If you have an older home, your wiring may benefit from an upgrade. Old wires are potential fire hazards and faulty wiring can lead to electrical leaks–costing you energy and money. An electrician will be able to inspect this for you and help you make your home safer if your wiring is dangerous to keep as it is.
At HR Hislop, we work closely with homeowners and business owners to help them reduce their energy consumption, and the size of their bills. One of our expert electricians is always on hand to audit you home and offer suggestions–whether that’s changing your lightbulbs or fixing some old wiring. If you’d like to know more, just get in touch with us today.