Energy-Saving Ideas for Your Home
How to Save Energy
As energy costs continue to soar, Cook Electrical Improvements is searching for the latest techniques to help you save money and improve the performance of your electrical equipment. We are proud to be your energy-saving partner. We will install state-of-the-art technology in your home or office that reduces energy consumption without reducing your power. This technology includes a replacement guarantee if anything is damaged. Call today for more information. We are ready to serve you.
Other Energy-Saving Tips
In a typical home, lighting can account for up to 20 percent of energy consumption. Fluorescent bulbs, including the new compact fluorescent bulbs, now come in a variety of sizes, colors and styles that can last for years. Although they have a higher purchase price than incandescent bulbs, fluorescent bulbs burn much cooler and provide significant long-term savings. An added benefit is that fluorescent bulbs are perfect for hard-to-reach fixtures because they need to be changed less often. If you are remodeling a single room or your whole house, Cook Electrical Improvements can help you design an energy-efficient lighting plan that will save you money now and in the future.
Along the Texas Gulf Coast, air conditioners often run 12 months a year. Ceiling fans can lower cooling costs by circulating the air and promoting evaporation.
Call Cook Electrical Improvements today to install new ceiling fans or replace your old, inefficient fans with the latest models. Ceiling fans will add both energy savings and beauty to every room of your home.
Installing insulation or a radiant barrier in your attic is an effective way to reduce heating and cooling costs, but it can be expensive and time-consuming. However, for only a few dollars, you can add caulking or weather stripping around your windows and doors. The savings can be quite significant. Just make sure that before you add new caulk, you remove old caulk, if necessary.
Appliances account for a huge part of a homeowner’s monthly electric bill. Make sure your appliances are in proper working order. This includes checking the seals around the doors to your refrigerator and oven. For example, your refrigerator-door gasket should prevent a dollar bill from slipping out easily. If an appliance is more than 10 years old, you may want to consider replacing it with a more energy-efficient model. Industry experts suggest that replacing an older appliance with a high-efficiency model can save a typical homeowner $200 or more per year.
Water heaters usually operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Save money without spending a penny by simply lowering the thermostat, especially during the summer months. And when you’re ready to replace your water heater, make sure you consider an energy-efficient model.
The fastest way to lower energy costs is also the easiest. Simply turn off appliances when they’re not in use. This is especially true for televisions, computers and lights that seem to stay on forever. Don’t forget that appliances continue to use small amounts of electricity even when not in use. If an appliance is used infrequently, consider unplugging it. Your wallet will thank you!