Green & Easy: The Electrical Contractor’s Guide to an Energy-Efficient Home

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Over the past few years, everyone has become more and more aware of the need to lighten our environmental footprint. Sometimes, it feels that suggestions for individuals – using reusable bags at the grocery store or avoiding plastic straws – seem so small they can’t possibly make a real impact. While this could be debated, we do have some good news. You can make a big difference to your carbon footprint right now – with a little help from your electrical contractor.

Yes, there are many simple changes you can make to your home to make it more energy efficient. This isn’t just good from an eco-friendly perspective – it also saves you money in the long run. Choosing energy-efficient upgrades also gives you the opportunity to modernize your home, getting the other benefits of a well-considered upgrade.

A good electrician or contractor can audit your home and advise you on areas for improvement. However, a full-scale changeover may not be necessary. In fact, with just a few changes, you can transform your energy usage. What type of changes? We’re glad you asked.

Bright Ideas: Upgrading Your Lighting

Did you know that the type of lightbulb you use affects how much power you consume? You might think one is pretty much like another, but don’t overlook this easy way to give your home an energy facelift.

Traditional incandescent light bulbs not only consume more electricity but also produce more heat, so a lot of that energy isn’t even going into lighting your home. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) use up to 90% less energy and last longer than the traditional option. Now, not every light bulb switch is as easy as a visit to the hardware store. You might need a professional electrical service to upgrade your light sockets to allow for the new bulbs. This once-off cost will quickly be offset by your energy savings.

Become an Energy Star: Maximizing Appliance Efficiency

Nothing draws more energy in a household than its large appliances. Your heating system, refrigerators, and air conditioners all run for hours on end, so making energy-efficient choices is a win-win.

New Furnaces

While newer furnaces are designed for energy efficiency, older models can be helped along by regularly scheduled maintenance. An electrical contractor with the right knowledge and experience can help you here, as each make and model requires a different approach. Sometimes, replacement is the best choice, as your old furnace or heating system may have developed problems that go beyond simple repair.

Water Heaters

Water heaters or geysers are a well-known power draw. An easy power-saving solution is the humble insulation blanket. This prevents heat loss, helping your water boil more efficiently and requiring less power. If you aren’t very familiar with your water heater, it’s usually best to let your electrician contractor source the correct size and install it for you to ensure maximum efficacy.

Ventilation Systems

While you’re at it, have them check your ventilation system. If there are any holes or weak spots in your ducts, hot air may be leaking out. This makes it harder (and more expensive) to warm up your home, as much of the heat you’re paying for is going where it isn’t wanted. Washing machines and tumble dryers are also often high-energy culprits, so ensuring the filters are clear and everything is in working order is a must.

Small Changes, Big Impact With Air Power Flow Solutions

Even if you only implement these suggestions, you’ll be able to see the difference. You can feel good knowing you’re taking active steps to make your house as eco-friendly and energy-efficient as possible.

For any of these projects, you’ll need a trusted electrical contractor by your side. The highly-trained teams at Air Power Flow Solutions have the experience and expertise to give you real-world practical advice on making your home more efficient, safer, and less expensive to run. Give us a call, request a quote, and let us do the rest.