Do you ever wonder why your energy bill is so high? Do you ever wonder what in your home is using so much power? In most cases, you can point the finger at your large appliance or equipment, such as air conditioning units, refrigerator, and washing machine or dryer. However, sometimes you might be surprised to learn what the actual culprit is. Today, Burley Electrical Services will share some of the little known culprits of energy waste.
Causes of Wastage of Electricity in Your Home
Gaming Consoles – Current gaming console have a feature called a “standby mode” that helps prevent a lot of power drain. In most cases, gaming consoles are turned off when not in use and when on the standby feature, it helps maintain stable power. However, if a console is used for an extended period of time or is left on the standby mode, it is compromised and excess energy is used. If you have had higher power bills lately, double check any gaming console and make sure they are off when not in use.
DVRs or Set-Top Boxes – A DVR or Set-Top box can use as much power as a refrigerator. These devices are constantly on and ready for use. It costs just as much power to switch these devices on and off. In short, there’s no winning. If you have a DVR or Set-Top Box with your entertainment center and you know you aren’t going to be using it, it is best to simply unplug it. This will help reduce the power used for your entertainment center.
Ceiling Fans – Many homeowners will install ceiling fans everywhere in their home. Especially during the hot summer months, ceiling fans run non-stop throughout the season. However, ceiling fans don’t actually keep a room cooled down. Instead, they just circulate the air. This makes the room more comfortable while you’re in it. However, if they are left on, they will use continual power which can lead to higher power bills. To help reduce the cost of your utility bill, and prevent excess power usage, make sure to turn off the ceiling fan when you’re not in the room.
Phones and Tablets – Phones, tablets, iPads and other similar devices require a frequent charge. All too often, once our devices reach 100%, we will leave them on the charger. Sometimes we don’t think about it, while other times we don’t see the harm in leaving them on the charger. Even when a device is fully charged, it will continue to draw power leading to energy waste. Not only does leaving a device plugged in too long cause waste, it results in a higher energy bill.
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There are, of course, the obvious culprits; such as lights, appliances, computers, and other demanding electronics. Even when they are shut down, many devices and appliances can still be drawing in power. If you’re not using a certain item regularly then unplugging it is your best option to reduce power usage. Burley Electrical Services is devoted in helping you save money and reduce your power usage. However, if you’re having trouble with your home electrical wiring and need more advice in reducing your power, contact Burley Electrical Services today.