3 Tips To Help Lower Your Electric Bill

Most of us in East Tennessee do not like to live in the dark. You can save money on your electric bills and be informed with these 3 tips for Knoxville and the surrounding area. If you would like to implement any of these tips, give Bizzy B Plumbing & Home improvement a call. Let us “B” there for you.

1. Kill the Vampires:

  • You should plug many of your devices into a power strip so that you can turn off when not in use. This is a good choice for mobile device chargers that are commonly left plugged in. Use a switched outlet or power strip for computers, monitors, printers, DVRs, cable boxes, and more to save when you are not using them.knoxville vampire electronics save

2. Make the switch to LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights:

  • Substituting LED bulbs in your light fixtures is a great way to lower your monthly electric bill. You should know that incandescent bulbs are not energy efficient. LED bulbs provide 80 percent more efficiency than incandescent lighting. Don’t be shocked by the price of an LED bulb when comparing it to your regular incandescent. Check the numbers in the charts below. LED lighting uses less electricity and can save you thousands over time. Bizzy B Plumbing & Home Improvement can help you with the switch to LED lighting if you need us to “B” there for you.
    Cost Comparison between light bulbs

    LED CFL Incandescent
    Light bulb projected lifespan
    50,000 hours
    10,000 hours
    1,200 hours
    Watts per bulb (equiv. 60 watts)
    10
    14
    60
    Cost per bulb
    $35.95
    $3.95
    $1.25
    Kilowatt-hours of electricity used overĀ 50,000 hours
    300-500
    700
    3,000
    Cost of electricity (@ 0.10per KWh)
    $50
    $70
    $300
    Bulbs needed for 50k hours of use
    1
    5
    42
    Equivalent 50k hours bulb expense
    $35.95
    $19.75
    $52.50
    Total cost for 50k hours
    $85.75
    $89.75
    $352.50

Energy Savings over 50,000 hours, assuming 25 bulbs per household.

LED CFL Incandescent
Total cost for 25 bulbs
$2,143.75
$2,243.75
$8,812.50
Savings to household by switching
from incandescents
$6,668.75
$6,568.75
Source: Comparison chart data from Eartheasy.com

3. Add motion sensors or optic sensors for lighting:

  • Motion and or light sensors can help reduce your electric bill. In addition to using LED lighting, automatic systems can help avoid wasting light energy when you are not using it. You may be familiar with automatic night light fixtures that only turn on when the room is dark. You can even have outdoor lighting that is solar-powered, which saves another addition on your electric bill.

 

  • knoxville motion light swich installSome motion-sensing devices are built into light switches like the one shown here, but you should have this type of switch professionally installed by Bizzy B Plumbing & Home Improvement for the best results. The device will shut the light off after no motion has been detected for a set time, which can be convenient for bedroom, bathroom, closet, and kitchen light fixtures.

 

  • knoxville dimmer switch installedDimmer switches are another choice for reducing energy consumption. You should have a Bizzy B Plumbing & Home Improvement electrician install dimmer switches for the best results.
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