Switch To CFL Bulbs To Reduce Energy Costs

Switch To CFL Bulbs To Reduce Energy Costs

Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) have made their way into the mainstream after being invented in the 1970’s as a result of the energy crisis. However, due to a bit of a rocky history, consumers have been slow to get on the wagon. Many of the early versions of CFL bulbs had a delay in reaching full brightness and gave off a cold looking light. But advances in manufacturing and design have eliminated these issues and offer a tradition warm light for a more homey feel. The best part of CFL bulbs are their energy saving abilities. Here is why you should switch to CFL bulbs to reduce energy costs.

The best part of CFL bulbs are their energy saving abilities. Here is why you should switch to CFL bulbs to reduce energy costs.

Benefits Of CFL Bulbs

  • Choosing a CFL with an Energy Star label will generally save you over $30 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the light bulb compared with an incandescent lightbulb over the same time period. CFL will pay for itself within 6 months.
  • CFL bulbs typically last for 5-9 years, which is 10 times the average lifespan of an incandescent light bulb.
  • CFL bulbs come with a 2 year warranty. So you do not need to worry if you get a bad one.
  • While CFL bulbs are more expensive upfront, they are a long term money saver.

Where Not To Use CFL Bulbs

There are some places where a CFL bulb does not make sense and will not save you money. Anything other than standard lighting fixtures, digital timers, motion sensors, dimmer switches should be looked at and verified for use before hand. The packaging on the particular CFL bulb should advise you of compatibility. The same goes for outdoor and enclosed fixtures. You may also want to avoid use in fixtures that are turned on and off frequently, and areas that are subject to extreme temperatures, For those areas you will want weatherproof bulbs.

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Lower Energy Costs With A Programmable Thermostat

Lower Energy Costs With A Programmable Thermostat

If you are looking for ways to reduce your home heating and cooling bills, you can cut them by 15% just by installing a programmable thermostat.  Programmable thermostats keep the temperature in your home at a comfortable level when you are there, and go into energy saving mode while you are away. The higher the price, the more program options offered, but even your least expensive options will give you a big jump in energy savings. If you are looking for an easy and fast way to reduce our bills, you will want to lower energy costs with a programmable thermostat.


Lower Energy Costs With A Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats will work with almost every type of gas or oil furnace as well as central air conditioners. But, if you have heat pumps or electric baseboard, you may need to add a few extra features to make them compatible. You should be able to recognize any issues by reading the label on the thermostat. You can always call a heating and cooling professional if you have any reservations.

How To Install A Programmable Thermostat

It is best to call a professional to install the new thermostat for you to make sure everything is done correctly and safely. However, if you are a do it yourself kind of person, here is how to install your new programmable thermostat.

  1. Before removing your old thermostat, check to see if contains any mercury. If it does, you will need to take it to a hazardous waste disposal site. If it contains mercury, you will see a small glass tube with a shiny silver ball in it. Once you know how to dispose of the old thermostat properly, go ahead and remove it.
  2. Use the included marking tabs, or make your own with masking tape and label the wires that were hooked to the old thermostat as you remove them. Use the old screw terminals as your reference.
  3. Use a clothespin to keep the cable from sliding down inside your wall and mount the new wall plate. Make sure you insert any back-up batteries before completing the wiring.
  4. Now it’s time to configure the heating system. Consult the instructions for specific instructions for adjustments and programming options. Some will come pre-programmed if you are lucky. Remember, if the thermostat is not programmed correctly, it will not save you money!

If you are looking to reduce your energy bills, installing a programmable thermostat will accomplish this easily and quickly.

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5 Home Energy Savings Tips You Can Do Right Now

Home Energy Savings Tips | NJ Home Inspections

Following a few easy steps will offer you a reduction in your energy bills and an major increase in your energy efficiency. Here are 5 home energy savings tips you can do right now.

Home Energy Savings Tips

Save More Energy With New Storm Windows

Storm windows are not new to the market, but lately they have been getting some major improvements. They are now made to be used year round, able to be opened and closed. There are new coatings on many brands as well called low-emissivity coatings, which help to cut heat loss even further. You will get the biggest payback from these windows if you use them over single-pane windows. You don’t want to use them over aluminum windows since heat build up between the two can damage the aluminum.

Air Tight Fireplace Doors Will Seal The Heat In

If you have a wood burning fireplace, upgrade your doors to an airtight model. Airtight fireplace doors will help keep the heat in your house, and prevent it from escaping up the chimney. If you have an older model fireplace that relies on room air for combustion, then upgrade to a door with operable vents. Make sure to keep the vents open only when you have a fire going. Otherwise, heat will constantly be escaping your home.

Wrap Pipes With Insulation To Limit Heat Loss

Insulating any exposed hot water pipes in your home reduces heat loss in the home and also makes your hot water heater more efficient by allowing you to deliver the hot water a lower temperature setting. If you insulate all accessible hot water pipes that are within 3 feet of the water heater, using quality pipe insulation, or pipe sleeve, you should see a return in energy savings. If you have a gas water heater, make sure to keep insulation at least 6 inches away from the flue.

Seal Electrical Boxes With Foam Gaskets

Energy experts tell us that one of the biggest sources of major heat loss in a home are electrical boxes that hold switches or outlets. You can combat this heat loss with foam gaskets, a very inexpensive solution. They won’t completely seal the boxes, but they will offer lot of help.

Check Attic Insulation For Air Leaks

Check your insulation in the attic for dark spots, or frosty areas. These spots will tell you where dirty air is escaping your home, or where warm, moist air is condensing and freezing when it hits cold attic air. Once you find and seal these leaks, you will retain a lot more heat in the home.

These steps are all quick, easy and fairly inexpensive ways to make your home more energy efficient. By doing even a few of these home energy savings tips , you will see a reduction in your energy bills.