Electricity Savings Tips

At Royal Solar, we typically design systems that produce less than your total electrical usage. Why? In addition to providing you with solar electricity, we want to help you reduce your overall electrical usage. Below are several tips that can help you reduce your electric bill by saving electricity.

What uses the most energy in a home?

•Heating and air conditioning – 56%

•Electric water heater – 16%

•Refrigerator – 5%

•Miscellaneous appliances – 23%

Main factors affecting power usage:

•Climate

•Building envelope and systems, e.g., how well insulated a home or building is

•Daily habits and behaviors

No Cost Energy Savings Ideas

•In warm weather, keep drapes and blinds closed during the day to keep out heat

•Make sure the fireplace damper is closed when the fireplace is not in use

•In the summer, set the thermostat to 78-degrees or more; in winter, set it to 68-degress or lower

•Set the water heater’s thermostat to low

•Wash clothes only in cold water

•Use kitchen and bathroom vents only when necessary

•Clean the coils under the refrigerator

Low Cost Energy Savings Ideas

•Install a programmable thermostat

•Change filters on your air conditioner/heater monthly

•Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents and save as much as 75 percent

•Install a water heater blanket

•Seal around pipes where they penetrate walls and floors

•Improve attic insulation to at least R-38 to R-49

•Use motion detectors or timers to cut outdoor lighting times

•Improve/replace weather stripping around doors and windows

•Consider adding solar screens or window tinting

Other Ideas

•Refrigerators and appliances built before 1990 can be big energy users. Consider replacing them with Energy Star rated appliances.

•If your A/C unit is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a new Energy Star rated appliance with a SEER rating of 14 or higher. If the unit is installed properly, you could save as much as 20% on your heating and cooling costs.

Source: “Home Energy Savings.” TRICO Electric Cooperative. 30 Mar. 2010.