Mr. Electric - energy savings http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/523 en Summer is the Most Stressful Time for Your Electrical System http://www.33pulse.com/blog/summer-stress-electrical-system <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Summer is the Most Stressful Time for Your Electrical System</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicstressfreesummer.jpg?itok=twy2beBw" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="1529" height="748" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicstressfreesummer.jpg?itok=twy2beBw" width="1529" height="748" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 9:19am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The weather is heating up, and with it, so is the load on your electrical system. Don’t let the stress pile up. Protect your electrical system – and your wallet – from the stresses of summer with the help of these simple tips.</p> <h2>Take a Load Off</h2> <p>Is your electrical system bearing the burden of your poor appliances choices? Don’t become a victim of “operator error” by overlooking these seasonal adjustments to appliance use:</p> <h3>Don’t Blow It</h3> <p>Heating and cooling comprises about 30-50 percent of your electric bill, making it one of the biggest stressors on your electrical system. However there are many ways to reduce that stress, including…</p> <ul><li>Keeping your air filter clean.</li> <li>Scheduling a professional cleaning and tune-up once a year.</li> <li>Clearing your outdoor system and indoor vents of debris and blockages.</li> <li>Addressing ductwork leaks.</li> <li>Setting your system on 85 degrees when you’re not home, or…</li> <li>Installing a programmable thermostat.</li> </ul><h3>Keep Your Cool</h3> <p>Your refrigerator is among the largest consumers of energy in your home. Keep a lid on energy consumption by…</p> <ul><li>Ensuring seals are clean and tight.</li> <li>Verifying proper operating temperate: 37°-40°F in the refrigerator and 0°-5°F in the freezer.</li> </ul><h3>Keep Things From Boiling Over</h3> <p>The water heating is typically the third largest energy expense in your home. The hotter the temperature of the water, and the more it is used, the harder your electrical system is forced to keep up with the heating demands. Summer is hot enough! Cool your use by…</p> <ul><li>Setting water heater temperature to 120 degrees.</li> <li>Properly insulating your tank.</li> <li>Taking a shower instead of a bath.</li> <li>Turning hot water – and your heater – off when you don’t need it.</li> </ul><h3>Go Au-Natural</h3> <p>Hanging clothes on the line rather than running the dryer, the second largest energy-consuming appliance in your home, can keep your home and energy bills from becoming too hot to handle.</p> <h3>Fire up the Grill</h3> <p>Using your stovetop or oven in summer’s heat can really put a strain on your air conditioner and electrical system. Save some dough and maintain comfort by firing up your grill instead.</p> <h2>Reduce Appliance Stress</h2> <p>Today’s homes use a multitude of gadgets and appliances that can cause a considerable amount of stress to your electrical system. Give your system the TLC it deserves:</p> <h3>Flip the Switch</h3> <p>Turning off items that are not in use rather than letting them run such as lights, laptop and mobile devices, TVs, radios, and more can take a lot of pressure off your electrical system. How much? Lighting in the average home accounts for 12 percent, and electronic devices another 10-15 percent. Whew!</p> <h3>Go Unplugged</h3> <p>Vampire power can really drain you, sucking up five percent of your power bill or more – all for nothing. Among the biggest offenders putting a strain on your electrical system (even when they’re turned off): TVs, computers, microwaves, cell phone chargers… anything with a power adaptor, indicator light, standby function, or clock. Unplug these items or plug them into a power strip, flipping them off when they’re not in use.</p> <h2>Contain Yourself</h2> <p>Your electrical system can suffer stress from issues outside of your home as well. Are you closing your eyes to these electrical stressors from your home’s great outdoors?</p> <h3><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/light-dimmers-timers">Stay Out of the Spotlight</a></h3> <p>Outdoor lighting fixtures are heavily used and a great place to take a load off. Updating to more modern technology for outdoor lighting such as motion sensors, timers, and photocells for sensing daylight, in addition to CFL and LED bulb technology, can not only save a pretty penny in energy wasted on unnecessary illumination, but boost security as well.</p> <h3>Reinforce Your Protective Shell</h3> <p>Is the outdoors infringing on your indoors? Your home’s thermal envelope – the outer walls, windows, doors, floors, ceiling – may need support in the form of adequate insulation and air sealing to keep your home comfortable and help you avoid the stress of unnecessarily high energy bills. 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http://www.33pulse.com/blog/5-ways-to-be-kind-to-your-budget-tips-on-energy-savings <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>5 Ways to be Kind to Your Budget: Tips on Energy Savings</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-5waysbudget-blog.jpg?itok=MFrb83wD" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="1440" height="704" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" 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Lights</h4> <p>Lighting accounts for approximately 5-10 percent of total energy use. 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Upgrade to a programmable thermostat to make it a simple, automated task.</p> <h4>Power Down</h4> <p>Another one of the simplest?energy saving tips - turn?off computers and other devices when not in use. Leaving your PC constantly running could be unkind to your wallet – to the tune of over $100 a year.</p> <h4>Put a Stake in It</h4> <p>Many of the devices we use daily ruthlessly consume electricity, even when they’re switched off. This vampire power consumption can be curtailed with the help of point-of-use surge protection. Rather than unplugging each item individually, with the flip of a button, power to every device plugged into a surge protector is simply and easily terminated. A perfectly humane way to cut off unnecessary power consumption.</p> <h4>Don't Get Zapped</h4> <p>Surge protection can also safeguard your checkbook from the hazards of excess energy. Whole house surge protection adds an integral layer of security against budget-busting power surges that can quickly zap your expensive electronics. Be considerate of your wallet. The cost of replacing a single large home appliance such as a TV or hot water heater could cost you twice the expense of an investment in whole house surge protection. Find out how much professionally installed surge protection can save you from getting zapped with a free in-home quote from Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup>. ???</p> <p>Looking for a few more energy saving tips to protect your pocketbook? Treat your home and your budget to a little kindness with the loving care of?Mr. Electric?today.</p> <p>?</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/5-ways-to-be-kind-to-your-budget-tips-on-energy-savings" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:50:19 +0000 Kim Bechel 5524 at http://www.33pulse.com Keep Energy Hogs at Bay Over the Holidays http://www.33pulse.com/blog/keep-energy-hogs-at-bay-over-the-holidays <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Keep Energy Hogs at Bay Over the Holidays</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicpowerhogs_0.jpg?itok=VWbmZ2RQ" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicpowerhogs_0.jpg?itok=VWbmZ2RQ" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Mary Beth Farrell</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 4:24pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Halloween is over, which means the holidays are officially here. The relatives will be on their way and you’ll be using your large appliances more often, causing your electric bill to look scary long after Halloween has ended. Don’t let the increase in relatives visiting and vampire electric devices drive up the electric bill.</p> <p>To keep the electric bill down, remember to only use the dishwasher when it is full. Running the dishwasher when it is only half full will amount to a lot more energy consumption.</p> <p>Because of an increase in laundry loads, items like washers and dryers are guilty of consuming more energy during the holidays, too. Washing clothes in cold water and setting the dryer on low heat will help in reducing the electric bill.</p> <p>Knowing when to say goodbye to your old system is another way to save on energy. Older appliances run up the electric bill. If you have an appliance that is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a newer, energy efficient model. ?????</p> <p>It is also a good idea to have all large household appliances connected to their own dedicated circuit. Too many large appliances operating at the same time on the same circuit can cause a blown fuse or a tripped breaker. A dedicated circuit for each large electrical household appliance will help keep this from happening.</p> <p>Lastly, don’t let your everyday electrical devices like laptops, cell phones or tablets get greedy and hog the power outlets. Only charge these items when they need it. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?</p> <p>You’ll have enough to worry about as the holidays set in. Take the electric bill off the list by doing these simple energy savings tips from Mr. Electric.</p> <div class="well well-sm"><em>This blog is made available by Mr. Electric for educational purposes only to give the reader general information and a general understanding on the specific subject above. The blog should not be used as a substitute for a licensed electrical professional in your state or region. Check with city and state laws before performing any household project.</em></div> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/keep-energy-hogs-at-bay-over-the-holidays" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:24:56 +0000 Mary Beth Farrell 5358 at http://www.33pulse.com

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