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When it comes to the holidays many people like to take the opportunity to decorate their homes. You like to be festive, maybe for several different holidays throughout the year. But every month, when that electric bill comes you think maybe you should scale it back or maybe you should skip it this year. Well, if that’s the case for you we have some advice and tips about your electrical service and what you should be doing to cut the costs for your Florence, SC home.
Swap to LED
If you aren’t already using LED lights for your electrical service then you’re definitely not helping yourself. You want to look at the lights you currently have and see what type they are. If they’re incandescent then you’re probably spending a whole lot more than you would be with the same number of lights in LED. It might seem strange for you to spend money now in order to save money on your electric bill, but it’s definitely going to be a benefit for you. You’re going to see a whole lot of return and you’ll see it year after year.
Upgrade Your System
If you have an older electrical service outdoors that you’re hooking into, it may not be as energy efficient as you might think. And if it’s not then that means you’re spending a whole lot more for your electrical service than you need to be. You could actually be getting a much better experience and much lower electrical bills if you were to replace the lighting system that you already have. If you talk with a professional they’ll be able to help you figure out what you’re currently paying and just what you could be with a new system.
Cut Down the Time
You don’t need to have your lights on the entire month of whatever holiday you’re decorating for. Maybe you want to just cut back a little and decorate for the week before everyone is going to show up to celebrate. Or maybe you want to put up those lights for a few days. Of course, you might be willing to spend a little more to keep the holidays around for as long as possible and maybe you absolutely want to have those lights up as long as you can. If that’s the case then go for it and enjoy your holiday with your current electrical service.
Use a Timer
Do you use a time with the lights you’re installing? If you don’t you absolutely should. Trying to remember to turn lights on and off manually can be a hassle and it can definitely cost you a lot of money if you forget. With timers you don’t have to worry about it. You can set specific times of the day and night for them to turn on and off. You can also choose timers that have dusk to dawn sensors so the lights are only on when it’s dark outside. Having a timer that shuts everything down to your electrical service is going to save you a lot in trying to remember when to turn them off.
Do you actually need as many lights as you already use? Chances are you might not. Sure, you want your home to look bright and cheery and festive. But if you switch to those LED lights we already talked about you not only will save money, but your home is going to look bright and cheery and festive with fewer lights. That’s because those LED lights are actually going to be brighter than their incandescent counterparts as well.
What that means is you can put up fewer strands of lights but still get the same brightness. You could also choose to lessen the number of strands or types of lights that you put up by being a little more strategic about the style that you use and the way that you hang them. Take a look at your house and figure out what the best way would be to hang lights. How could you get the most bang for your buck when installing those lights? By doing this you’ll save yourself money and time.
Optimizing Your Holiday
Now, once you’ve gotten everything taken care of outside the home you may want to take a look at the inside of your home for the holidays too. Make sure that you’re not leaving lights on throughout the entire house (which can be difficult with so many people walking through rooms all the time). Turning lights off behind people may seem like a hassle but it’s definitely going to be worth it when you have a lower bill later on. Remember, you should be using LED lights inside your home as well, which is going to cut own on your costs as well.
Also, make sure that if you’re using an electric oven or any sort of electric appliances for cooking (like a deep fryer, air fryer, slow cooker, pressure cooker, etc.) you’re using them as efficiently as possible. Use them for as little time as you have to and make sure you have more items in at a time. For your oven, for example, you can fill both (or all depending on how large it is) the shelves with items that cook at the same time to optimize the electricity you’re already using.
If you’re looking to make the most out of the holiday season without going broke in the process then you can use all of these tips to help you along. And if you need more advice and help getting your home ready with electrical service for the season and beyond, make sure you call Mister Sparky of Florence, SC. We can get to your home for any electrical service that you might need. Whether you’re experiencing an emergency during the holidays or you want to look at minor upgrades and changes any time of the year, our team can take care of your electrical service needs in no time.