If you'd like to reduce your electricity costs, you've probably already taken steps likas using energy-efficient light bulbs and minimizing your use of certain electric appliances. You can obtain two devices for your home to improve electrical energy efficiency as well.
Years ago, people could look at an electric meter and see how fast the wheel was spinning. That wasn't the most precise way of knowing how much electricity they were using, but it could give an idea of which devices were big energy drains.
Those old-fashioned meters are gone for the most part, but you can install a smart meter that monitors your energy use. Before buying one, give your electric company a call and ask about hooking it up, how to register it with the company, and whether the device monitors all your electrical equipment. Some utility companies actually provide these meters for free. Otherwise, you can find them online at affordable prices.
As you experiment with your electronics, the meter will show you which items you should unplug or turn off the power to when they're not in use, and which use very minimal electricity even when running.
Depending on the type of TV set and DVD player you have, for instance, you could achieve good energy savings if you plug them into a power strip and shut off the power when you're not using them. That's because some electronics stay in a standby mode even when turned off.
Occupancy Sensor Lights
Have you ever opened the door to a restroom at a place of business and found that the lights went on automatically? They turn off automatically also, a certain number of minutes after the door opens and closes again. You can get lights like this for your home as well. They're available at hardware stores and home improvement stores
These lights are particularly useful in rooms where people tend to leave the lights on unnecessarily. You may routinely forget to turn off the bathroom light when you're rushing around in the morning before work, for example. Children and teens often aren't vigilant about shutting lights off when they leave a room.
It won't take much time to recoup your costs for the equipment, and now you have a great chance to watch your utility bills go down. If you don't feel comfortable tackling these projects yourself, contact an electrician like Alpine Electrical Construction LLC who does residential work.