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Skyrocketing energy bills daunt millions of homeowners these days. No matter how much they skimp on the time they spend running electronics and home appliances, the number never seems to reduce. Instead, it goes beyond the budgeted limit, thus pushing homeowners to switch to cheaper, more energy-efficient options. If you are interested in such devices, perhaps you should read on to know about a few of them:

Smart thermostat

The biggest energy drain in every home is its heating and cooling systems. But a smart thermostat can perhaps block this energy outflow and push down your utility bills drastically. These devices are so smart that they can store your preferences and process your and your family’s comfort settings for creating a comfortable indoor space. These devices are supported by a mobile app, which allows you to control settings from anywhere, anytime. You are sure to save whopping sums of money every month after installing a smart thermostat.

Smart outlets and plugs

Standard outlets can consume a lot of energy owing to their manual control settings. But smart outlets are a gust of fresh air among the standard ones because they come with a wide range of features. You can operate these outlets using a smart application, which allows you to schedule the on/off times and also increase the efficiency of humidifiers, fans, lamps, water heaters, coffee makers and many more. You should also consider smart plugs, which plug into your existing outlets without requiring a major rewiring project.

Sensor switches

Sensor switches are becoming a part of smart home designs owing to their energy efficiency. These switches are equipped with advanced sensors that know you and your family are leaving or entering the room. They do so from several feet away, without you having to turn on or off the lights manually. Some sensor switches also have natural light-detecting capabilities, which save an incredible amount of energy and money. It’s truly a great installation if you still fumble for the light switch after entering a dark room.

Surge protectors

Some home appliances and gadgets suck out outrageous amounts of energy. But you can tackle this problem by installing smart surge protectors. It’s very simple to use: connect your device and create a charging station for your mobile device for protecting your expensive appliances against power surges. You can control everything through an app or an automatic scheduler, both of which can hack down your energy consumption and expenses substantially.

Smart blinds

High summer temperatures mean high usage of air conditioners. But air conditioners are not only expensive but also harm the environment. But, smart blinds come as a blessing in such a situation. These blinds can open and close themselves automatically after reaching a predetermined temperature. These are simply a great alternative to expensive HVAC systems that suck out energy and money.

Energy-efficiency is something no homeowner can achieve within a day. It takes time. But they have to install energy-efficient, smart devices at home that create a win-win for both homeowners and the environment.

 

Share energy saving tips

With every new year comes a list of new year’s resolutions. While most people have the best intentions of keeping their (often lofty) resolutions, many do not. So instead of resolving to go to the gym more or eat healthier, think about making small changes that make your life easier. One of the most life-altering resolutions everyone should make is to take control of their finances, and one of the easiest ways to do so is by re-evaluating your utility bill. Here are 5 easy and affordable fixes you can make to your home right now to cut your utility bill dramatically.

Lower Your Thermostat

Want to save money on your heating bill?  When you are away from home be sure to lower your thermostat by 8-15 degrees Fahrenheit. After all, why pay for heat that no one is using? In fact, for every one-degree drop, you can reduce your energy bill costs by 1-3 percent!

Set Your Water Heater to 120 Degrees Fahrenheit

Your water heater uses more energy than any other appliance in your home, which is why changing the temperature has a huge effect on your utility bill! Thankfully, changing the setting of your water heater is incredibly easy to do, and only needs to be done once.

Wash Clothes In Cold Water

Did you know that 90 percent of the energy used to operate the washing machine is to heat the water? By washing your clothes in cold water, you can save nearly $60 a year on energy costs alone!

Install Dimmers

While most people choose to install dimmers on their light switches for aesthetic reasons, dimmers actually can prolong the life of your light bulbs. Because dimmers limit the amount of energy that is distributed out to the bulbs, light bulbs do not burn out as quickly.

Use LED Light Bulbs

Unlike incandescent light bulbs, LED lights are much more efficient.  Not only do LED light bulbs last 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs, but they use at least 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs.

Looking for other ways to reduce your energy bill? Let the experts at Piper Electric upgrade your home. We offer a wide range of electrical upgrades that are designed to make your home more energy efficient. Call today for a free estimate.

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Piper Electric Co., Inc. has been awarded the Gold Star Certificate from the Better Business Bureau again in 2013. This certificate is given to BBB Accredited Businesses who have had no complaints over a three-year period.

Canopy Airport Parking is currently the greenest parking facility in the world. Piper Electric Co., Inc. was honored and excited to be the electric contractor chosen to not only perform the electrical work, but also the solar installation and to assist with the geothermal hook-up. Canopy Airport Parking uses all LED lighting, has an array of solar panels, and uses wind turbines and geothermal energy. Piper Electric Co., Inc.’s role has been explained in a number of media articles including one on The ENR Mountain States- McGraw Hill Construction Website (mountainstates.construction.com). On the website The Canopy Airport Parking project article was very informative about the entire project including the contractors and sub-contractors that were involved.

Piper Electric Co., Inc. and TeamDaveLogan.com partner to educate consumers about lightning related problems.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) honored Piper Electric Co., Inc. by awarding it with the 2010 Torch Award for Marketplace Trust in the large business category. Companies who win this award must meet strict criteria and are considered very upstanding and trustworthy.

Piper received the ABC Step Safety Award again this year from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. This award keeps coming by the hard work of our many employees who are out in the field working safely every day. With every employee’s continued commitment to work safe, we are one of the safety leaders in the metro area.

Along with the Platinum Step Safety Award, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. awarded Piper with the 2010 Outstanding Safety Record Award for 100-200 employees.

Dave Logan trusts and endorses Piper Electric Co., Inc. and recommends Piper Electric Co., Inc. as the perfect answer to be your Hometown Electrician. Piper Electric Co., Inc. has been part of Team Dave Logan since its beginning and was the first electrical contractor to join Team Dave Logan.

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