When it comes to making improvements to your home, there are plenty of cosmetic issues that might immediately spring to your mind: redesigning your living room or bedrooms, reupholstering furniture, or repainting your house. However, there are plenty of upgrades that are a bit more substantive in nature and plenty that can wind up saving you money in the long run. Electrical upgrades are one such upgrade that can ultimately put cash back into your pocket. There are a number of simple electrical upgrades that you or a professional electrician can make to your home that will end up saving you money in the long run.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Many people still have old style analog thermostats in their home. It is highly recommended that you convert to a digital and fully programmable thermostat in order to maximize energy usage in your home and ultimately save you money. Digital and fully programmable thermostats allow you to control the temperature in all of your rooms from one handy station in your house. You can also program when your heat or air conditioning will turn on and in which certain rooms they will turn on in. Digital thermostats tend to save you money each year due to the fact that you can automatically set your thermostat to turn off or on when you are away or during the night.
Install High-Efficiency Water Heaters
Even in this day and age, a large number of water heaters in American homes are gas powered. Not only are these heaters not particularly efficient, they are wasteful to the environment and they also tend to be a bit more expensive than electric water heaters. It is highly recommended that you replace your central water heating system with a water heating system that is electrical in nature in order to cut back on wastefulness and to pinch a few pennies, as well. Water heating makes up an incredible percentage of the energy you use in a given year – about 17% -- so it pays to be as frugal as possible with this process.
Use Dimmer Switches
Dimmer switches may not seem like a huge deal that could save you a handsome sum of money over the months, but they most definitely can. Take into consideration this: most light fixtures have only two options. These being that the light is completely off or fully on. Whenever your lights are on, they are maximizing power. By installing dimmer switches on your light fixtures, you are enabling the ability to still use light, but use it at only a fraction of its power according to your needs. Dimming your lights 50% can make your lightbulbs last 20 times longer and save you up to 40% of your electric usage.
Consider Electric Skylights
Many people balk at the use of a skylight since they are quite expensive to install. In many cases, however, they can wind up saving you money in the long haul. If you are someone who is home during the daylight hours most of the time, you can use the Earth's natural sunlight to allow light into your home. Doing so allows you to use far less electricity to power your home, and you will save a considerable sum of money. Most skylights that are installed today do use some electrical power, as shading and blinds are supplied by an electrical device that is generally controlled by a remote.
When it comes to upgrades to your home, take into consideration electrical upgrades that will wind up saving you money on your monthly bills in the long run. You'll ultimately enjoy the savings in addition to the added convenience of the upgrades themselves. For more information or ideas, consider contacting a professional like those at All American Air & Electric, Inc.