Ways to Reduce Your Electrical Use

Have you noticed a spike in your electrical bills? Professional electricians like Can Electric Ltd. in Edmonton can offer services that will help reduce your electrical consumption. Here are some ideas:

Start installing dimmer switches.

Lights that can dim can help set a certain ambiance or mood in a space, use less energy when dimmed and can still provide ample task lighting when needed. You don’t need to have the lights burning their brightest 100% of the time. Dimmer switches can help bring down your energy use and lighting costs. Always remember to turn the lights off when you’re not using a room.

Consider light occupancy sensors.

Have you ever walked into a public washroom that was dark, only to have the lights automatically turn on when they detect your movement? Or have you seen the lights flicker on inside the grocer’s freezer as you and other customers walk passed? These lights are controlled by a light occupancy sensor, like a motion sensor, detecting that someone is in the room and providing illumination. An electrician can install these in certain parts of your home. When you leave that space, the lights will turn off all by themselves, so you won’t have to worry about leaving the lights on.

Upgrade your energy-sucking appliances.

Older appliances use way more energy than new, high-efficiency models. Look at your appliances, including the refrigerator, dryer, dishwasher and furnace. If they’re decades old, you could save a bundle on energy costs by replacing them with energy efficient models. Learn more about ENERGY STAR appliances.

Change out your incandescent light bulbs.

A conventional incandescent light bulb can last about 1,000 hours and burn up a lot of energy in heat to provide light. LED (light emitting diodes) can last up to 25,000 hours and use far less energy to illuminate the room. If you’re doing a major home renovation or upgrade to your electrical system, you might as well upgrade your bulbs too!

Use a smart power strip.

When your electronics are plugged in, they are using electricity even if they aren’t turned on or being used. Common electricity wasters include home theatre electronics, computers and video gaming systems. If you’re having a hard time remembering turning off things, or unplugging them, have several devices plugged into a smart power strip that has surge protection. These can be installed and programmed to automatically turn off power to those devices, at certain times, ensuring they are not draining power when they’re not being used.

Electricians in Edmonton

Can Electric Ltd. is a complete resource for all your electrical needs. They have experience, professionalism and customer dedication, offering safe electrical installation, service and repair. If you want to upgrade your electrical system, are doing a home renovation or want to improve your home’s electrical efficiency – contact Can Electric today!


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