With the cost of electricity constantly on the rise, it’s time to take another look at ways to save energy on your next bill. There are cost-effective approaches you can take that are easy to implement and will bring your utility bills down in price right away. By switching over to LED bulbs, turning off vampire energy wasters when not in use and getting all family members on board you’ll be able to tackle your energy bills head on.

Energy Vampires

These are appliances that are known to continually use power even when they’re left idle or even turned off. You are paying for the energy usage even when you’re not using them and this can equate to hundreds of dollars yearly. Examples of energy vampires include the following devices:

  • Curling irons
  • Hair dryers
  • Electric shavers
  • Microwaves
  • Coffee makers
  • Toaster ovens
  • Televisions
  • DVR’s
  • Cable boxes
  • Laptops and desktops
  • Fax machines and printers
  • Space heaters
  • Many others

The best way to cut down on the cost of these energy vampires is to simply unplug them when they’re not in use or to connect them to a power bar that can easily be turned off.

Switch to LED Lights

Start making the switch over to LED lights in your rooms to see instance savings on your electrical bill. The lighting in your home usually accounts for approximately 20% to 30% of your overall electric bill. LED lights use a lot less energy than regular bulbs and it’s estimated that an incandescent lightbulb will end up costing you about four times the amount you would pay to run an LED bulb. When you consider the cost savings that will add up over the months and years, it simply makes sense to make the switch over now.

While LED bulbs do cost more, they are a short-term and long-term investment. LED bulbs generally last 7 years or more and are the best way to light residential and commercial buildings.

Get the Family Involved

It’s important to get everybody on board when you’re trying to save electricity in either a home or business. The family or the employees should be told that cost-cutting efforts have been implemented and what they can do to help the cause. It only takes a minute to unplug an appliance or turn off a power bar when an appliance or electrical device isn’t in use. When you have everybody on board, the savings can be dramatic and you’ll wonder why you didn’t start putting the changes into effect earlier.

To find out more about saving energy and LED bulbs in particular, please contact Ecogen today at 905-282-0881. You can also visit our website at www.ecogen.ca to see the wide range of LED lights available for both residential and commercial use.