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Energy Saving Tips | Electrician in Tyler, TX

As the thermometer rises, so does the cost of electricity for air conditioning. The recommended temperature for saving energy when you are home is 78 degrees F. A Mister Sparky electrician in Tyler, TX can provide the electrical services you need. The following energy saving tips can assist you in saving energy and maintaining your comfort:

  1. The use of fans will help to ensure your comfort.
  2. Ensure the HVAC air vents, thermometer and air return grill are not blocked by drapes, furniture, boxes or other objects.
  3. If your central air conditioner has not already been tuned up and cleaned this year, contact your HVAC technician now to schedule service. Your central air will perform better with the highest possible energy efficiency, and annual maintenance will help to extend its service life. In addition, change the filter each month or as directed by the manufacturer. Not only will you save energy, you will extend the service life of the unit.
  4. A programmable thermostat can save you up to 30 % on the cost of cooling.
  5. Operating the dishwasher and dryer at night on the hottest days and allowing the dishes to air dry will prevent the appliances heating up your home.
  6. While you may not realize it, incandescent lighting creates heat in your home. Compact fluorescent or LED bulbs will not generate as much heat, and will save you energy. LED bulbs will provide the highest savings and longest service life. If you are unable to replace all the bulbs with LED, replace those used the most often, and gradually add more over time. They will more than pay for themselves in energy savings, and when you purchase a good brand, you can expect to receive 11 to 20 years of service from them.

In addition, a Mister Sparky electrician in Tyler, TX can provide the installation of motion sensors for your lighting. When someone enters the room the light will automatically turn on, and when they leave it turns itself off, eliminating energy waste from lights left on.

  1. In order to reduce heat gain, use a microwave, toaster oven, wok, crock pot and similar appliances, or an outdoor grill rather than the oven. If your kitchen circuit will not support multiple small appliances without tripping a breaker, contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Tyler, TX for the installation of a new circuit and additional outlets.
  2. Set the water heater to 120ºF, and flush the appliance at least once per year if you live in an area with hard water.
  3. Close drapes and blinds on the sunny side during the day. UV window film is an excellent option for reducing heat gain through windows or glass doors, and prevents fading from the sun of carpet and upholstery.
  4. Wash laundry in cold water and clean the dryer’s lint filter after each use to reduce energy consumption, and help to ensure your safety. The dryer should be cleaned about every 6 months of lint buildup within the cabinet to reduce the risk of fire. In addition, check the outdoor dryer vent each month and clear lint when necessary. Most laundry can be dried just as well at a lower temperature without increasing the drying time. Try it next time you do laundry!
  5. Unplug small appliances and electronics when not in use. Using power strips will  make turning the power off a simple task.
  6. Seal attic access stairs.
  7. Seal gaps around doors with weatherstripping, and use caulk and/or expanding foam for cracks and gaps in siding, windows, the foundation and around intrusions such as plumbing, cable and service pipes.
  8. Close the fireplace damper when not in use.
  9. Inspect the attic insulation. If the ceiling joists are visible, add insulation.
  10. Plant deciduous trees to the west and south of your home. It is typically 20 degrees cooler in the shade!
  11. Install ceiling fans and save money while increasing your comfort. A Mister Sparky electrician in Tyler, TX can provide the professional ceiling fan installation for you.
  12. When your home is due a new roof, install a light color to reduce the cost of cooling your home. While a white reflective roof is best, lighter colors will also reduce heat gain in the attic, reducing both your electric bill and wear and tear on the air conditioner. An attic fan is an additional means of moving heat out of the attic. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Tyler, TX for installation.
  13. As you replace appliances and the HVAC system, replace them with the highest energy efficiency the budget will allow. Choosing Energy Star provides both energy efficiency and a higher reliability. If you need electrical hookups for a new appliance, a Mister Sparky electrician in Tyler, TX can provide it for you.
  14. If your home is an older one, consider an electrical inspection. Loose connections can occur over time, and may result in unnecessary waste of electricity and the risk of a fire. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Tyler, TX to schedule service today.

Contact a Mister Sparky licensed electrician in Tyler, TX to schedule electrical services for your home or business. You can rely on a Mister Sparky electrician to provide first quality services and your 100% satisfaction. We serve Tyler and Tyler, TX. Mister Sparky is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.