High Electric Bill? Use These Energy Makeover Tips

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Each electrical bill might seem like it is larger than the last, but it doesn't have to be this way. Many electrical fixtures are responsible for your high utility bills, and replacing them with more energy-efficient alternatives will not only help lower your home electrical bills, but will also save you money.

Change Your Bulbs

One of the easiest home energy upgrades is to replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. The latter is not only more energy-efficient, but lasts much longer. They are more expensive initially, but they will save you money overall.

Replace Appliances

Old appliances should be replaced--with those appliances that use up the most energy taking the greatest priority. Air conditioning units use up the most energy, so make sure that you replace your air conditioner every couple of years so that your home will be kept cool at the lowest cost. Hot water heaters are another unit that can drive up electricity costs. Therefore, replacing old hot water heaters with high-efficiency water heaters will lower your energy bills. Tankless hot water heaters are often the most energy-efficient option.

Use Ceiling Fans

Have more ceiling fans installed in your home so that you will not have to rely as much on air conditioning. Look for areas of your home that do not use ceiling fans and have more installed.

Use Solar Panels

One of the best energy-efficiency upgrades of all is to have the roof of your home fitted with solar panels. By doing so, you will no longer be completely reliant on the electrical grid. The degree to which solar panels will generate energy is based on how much sun your roof receives and the energy demands of your home; but regardless, you will receive some energy savings even if you still need to rely on the electrical grid to some extent.

Remove Vampire Appliances

There are many appliances in the home that are considered energy vampires. They are not in operation, but are plugged in and continue to use electricity. These are mostly computers and video game consoles. Depending on how often you use these devices, they can account for a sizable percentage of your energy use.

The best way to ensure that you have the most energy-efficient home possible is to talk with an electrical contractor. There are some electrical contractors who are specialized in home electrical upgrades to not only make your home more efficient, but also more comfortable. You will need a full energy audit to determine which fixtures are costing you the most.

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23 July 2016

Stop Mold in Its Tracks

Hi, I'm Carey Johnson. Mold can be more dangerous than you might realize. I learned that when my little girl started having asthma and allergy attacks inside the house. I couldn’t figure out what was causing it. We changed the filter in the air conditioner frequently, and we kept the house very clean. We couldn’t, however, figure out where the allergens were coming from. Finally, we discovered the mold that was growing on the floor of the attic – right above my daughter’s room! No wonder she was having breathing problems! Once we found it, we went right to work learning how to get rid of it for good. We ended up reconstructing the attic, and I learned that I enjoyed learning about construction.