A quick and easy way to reduce your electricity bill is to turn off appliances at the powerpoint when you’re not using them. When things like computers and TVs switch into standby mode, they still use electricity, which can really add up over time.
To make your water heater even more efficient, drain the tank and flush out the sediment at the bottom (Photo 2). Otherwise, you could be heating through inches of sediment before heating the water.
If your fridge was made before 2001, it’s using at least 40 percent more electricity than new Energy Star models. If you’re replacing your fridge, buy an Energy Star model and recycle your old one. Don’t hook up the old one in the basement or garage—an inefficient refrigerator costs as much as $280 a year in electricity. Any money you save buying food in bulk and storing it in an inefficient second fridge is lost in electric costs.
A programmable thermostat can save you tons of money over the long run (as in, thousands of dollars). If you don’t have one, consider making the investment. It’s also one of the easiest ways to save electricity because of the whole set it and forget it approach. There are many ways to save on electricity.
Dishwashers may use electricity, but they save more energy, money, water and time than hand washing. According to the California Energy Commission, using an Energy Star-qualified dishwasher instead of hand washing can save you, on average, 5,200 gallons of water and $40 in utility costs each year, not to mention 240 hours of your time.
Insulate your home. Making sure there are good seals on the doors and windows leads to huge savings in energy costs. Insulation keeps your home from leaking cool air-conditioned air during the summer and warm heated air during the winter. Have a contractor inspect your home’s insulation to determine whether it’s efficient enough. Consider the attic, crawlspaces, basement, walls and ceiling. You may want to look into fitting your home with new insulation. Weather-strip your home by using caulk and weather strip in your doorways, windows and around window air conditioners. You can also purchase plastic sheeting to put over the windows during the winter.
If your family members can never seem to be able to turn off a light, then the best solution is motion detectors, such as the GE Indoor 120-degree Motion-sensing Light Control or the Defiant Indoor 360 Degree Motion Sensing Socket. They only turn on when someone’s in the room and then turn themselves off when they don’t detect any movement. You can get these at your local home improvement store and they simply screw into light sockets. Then, you screw the (hopefully energy efficient) light bulb into the motion detector. It’s crazy-easy, and the US Department of Energy says that using sensors like these can cut wasted lighting electricity by 30 percent.
Speaking of summer, if you run an AC, consider planting trees on the south and western sides of your house. The shade will help it stay cooler. Bonus points if they are fruit or nut producing trees too!
Understand that this saving is not restricting your freedom, but this a way to be fair to yourself, the nature and rest of the world. Unplug electric appliances when not in use to save electricity. Try to use the air conditioner less by turning on one at a time to cool the whole house. Instead of using the air conditioner, you can save money by opening windows or using fans, especially ceiling fans, and finally the best way to save money of electricity is to go solar and we can help you with that.
1. Call LA Solar Systems If you have been thinking about going solar,. Our staff will explain the process and all the financing options, and provide you with detailed information about components and how they work. 2. We realize that your time is valuable, so we’ll make sure you have a suitable site for solar before making a visit. During this step, we’ll talk about your energy usage and what you you’re looking for in a new solar pv system. We keep you posted step by step 3. Solar Audit We’ll conduct a free visit to assess your site’s solar potential using the most accurate tools and technology available today. This data will be used to design the perfect system for your home or business.
4. Design and Review Our solar designer will create a customized computer model of your solar array so you can see how it will look on your roof. The model will also generate information about how much solar energy your system will be expected to produce. That electrical generation translates into savings on your energy bill. 5. We’ll take care of all the detailed paperwork and review it with you before you sign. Our installation process is streamlined and stress free and our installation professionals can often install a residential system in about 5 days.
A photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system is composed of solar panels, racking for mounting the panels on the roof, electrical wiring, and an inverter. From sunrise to sunset, the solar panels generate direct current electricity (DC) which is sent to the inverter. The inverter converts the DC into alternating current (AC), the type of electricity required for household use. (SunPower also offers AC solar panels which do not require a central inverter because they feature a microinverter that’s factory integrated into each panel.) The AC power is delivered directly to your home’s main electrical service panel for use by you and your family. Learn how solar panels turn sunlight into energy on our blog in addition to more information about solar inverters and a simple explanation about how net metering works.
How does shade affect a solar system’s performance?It’s important to minimize shading because solar panels operate at optimal output when their entire surface is fully exposed to direct sunlight. The system will still produce energy if it is shaded but its output will lessen. You can also read whether your home is a good candidate for solar to help when making the decision whether going solar is right for you. How long will a solar system last?
LA Solar System’s systems are designed to have a useful life of 40 years or more.* For more information about solar panel durability and performance, check out this report on solar system useful life field tests performed on our panels vs. conventional panels. How much will I save with a solar system? Your current monthly energy use and the size of your system will determine your actual savings amount. And with little or no startup costs*, systems can start paying for themselves immediately.
Savings will vary based on several factors, including system size, performance, your household’s average energy usage as well as any applicable solar credits, tax incentives, and current solar energy buyback (net metering) rates offered by your utility company. A detailed calculation of your potential return on investment (ROI) will be provided by LA Solar during your solar evaluation. Get more information about what goes into calculating home solar panel system costs and other important solar energy questions to ask your installer. Will a home solar system increase my property taxes?Having a solar system typically adds value to your home.* Depending on where you live, there is often no increase in your property taxes. How much will a SunPower solar system for my home cost?SunPower has a wide variety of financing options, including some that don’t require you to pay any upfront costs if you qualify. The cost of your solar system depends on several factors, including your current energy usage, your available amount of unshaded roof space, your local utility’s net metering policy, and other factors. Learn more about how to calculate solar costs and how many solar panels you may need to power your home. Are LA Solar panels better? Despite the generalities you may hear in solar advertising, not all solar systems are created equal! Of all the solar panels.
This means our solar panels generate more power than conventional panels within the same amount of space, and you’ll need fewer panels to produce the energy you need. You can maximize your available roof space to choose the best, unobstructed location for electricity production. Our world-record panel efficiency* means you’ll save more money over time by choosing better panels. Check out why thousands of homeowners and businesses going solar chose American made as their solar company.