Every summer in the Arkansas heat, electric bills go up. Looking to cut down on costs this summer? Luckily there are more ways to save on your bill than just turning off your AC and not using your oven.

The Basics

  • Turn off your AC, use ceiling fans and open your windows
  • Turn off lights
  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs
  • Turn off AC when you’re not home and close the blinds to keep cold air in
  • Set thermostat higher
  • Use hot appliances, such as curling irons, hair dryers, dishwashers, ovens, and computers, and use toaster ovens, microwaves, and grills when needed
  • Get your air conditioning inspected to guarantee that it’s working to the best of its ability
  • Take shorter showers

 

Unplug Devices

  • When you aren’t using a device, unplug it. This includes computers, fully-charged laptops and TVs. If you don’t want to manually unplug devices, consider investing in a Smart Strip, which automatically cuts power when devices don’t need it.

 

Keep Cold Air Contained

  • Close doors and vents to rooms that you aren’t using so that the air only circulates in the rooms you need.

 

Add Insulation

  • Insulation will keep cold air in and hot air out, and vice versa. Squirting spray foam into drilled holes will do the trick if you’re on a budget, but it’s always a good idea to consult a professional about what’s best for your home.

 

Air Dry

  • Hang your laundry outside in the heat and air dry your dishes instead of letting your dishwasher do it for you.

 

Make a Routine

  • At night, open your windows and turn up your thermostat or turn it off, using your ceiling fan if necessary.
  • In the morning, close your windows and blinds to keep out the hot air.

 

Plant Trees

  • While bringing natural light into your home saves on electricity since you don’t need to turn on lights, direct sunlight will make your AC work harder. If you have the means, consider planting trees to block wherever there is intense sunlight.

 

Be Mindful of Lamps and TVs

  • Keep your lamps, TVs and other hot appliances away from your thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from around it, so hot appliances will make the AC run longer than it needs to.

Trends are everywhere as we move into the warmer months, and outdoor lighting is no exception! If you’ve been concerned about your home’s security, maybe it’s time to consider an upgrade to your home’s landscape that’s not only safe but beautiful, courtesy of Staley Electric.

Improve Energy-Efficiency and Increase Ambience

Everyone’s been going “green” for quite a while now, so it’s no surprise that the latest advancements in outdoor lighting provide more LED options than ever before. Not only do most homeowners now prefer the cooler tones produced by LED lighting, they last far longer than traditional incandescent lighting. Research has shown that, in a residential setting, LED lighting lasts up to 25 times longer and uses 75% less energy. And you’re not limited by design or function, either; LED options are now available for landscape lighting, spotlights, accent lighting, and more.

It’s All In The Timing

Lighting that operates on a timer is not only convenient, but it also can save on energy costs. If you’d rather not concern yourself with manual operation, timed lighting is a homeowner’s dream come true when it comes to your home’s exterior. Motion-activated lighting is also a time-tested method of adding security to your home. If any unwanted guests visit your property, whether of the human or wildlife variety, they’ll instantly be encouraged to leave the premises.

Options That Illuminate… And Entertain

If you frequently enjoy outdoor entertaining during the warmer months, consider outdoor lighting that brightens your seating areas far into the evening! Of course, you’ll want to light up your porch or patio, but also consider adding lighting options throughout green spaces, around fountains, directed toward fire pits or fireplaces, or any other areas in which you plan to entertain guests that make them feel cozier and more secure.

Be Safer & More Secure

Not only should your outdoor lighting be beautiful, it also serves a very important function – increasing overall safety and home security. Consider options for walkways, driveways, garages, and your backyard. Not only will outdoor lighting deter potential criminals, it also helps prevent falls and accidents. Recommendations for areas where outdoor lighting may not currently exist on your property include outdoor stairs and dark corners surrounding your home’s exterior. Landscaping areas and plant beds should also be enhanced with lights that are directed toward your home for additional security.

Staley Electric loves working with homeowners to design a creative, functional, and energy-efficient outdoor lighting plan for homes throughout Arkansas! If you’re looking for electricians to handle old home electric repair, switch repair, or any other electrical solutions, call Staley Electric at (501) 565-3006 or visit our website to learn more!

Warmer weather is on its way! Soon everyone will be getting ready for spring cleaning. Before you take the leaf blower out of that garage closet, read these spring cleaning tips for your home electric system to keep everyone safe.

Inspect all electrical cords: Damaged or worn out electrical cords not only put you at risk of electrocution but can also be a risky fire hazard. Inspect all cords thoroughly and repair or replace any worn out or frayed cords.

Refrain from using cords with a missing ground pin: A third pin added to the bottom acts as the grounding element. While it can be tempting to remove the pin in order for the plug to be usable in 2 prong outlets, the ground pin is actually a very important safety element that must not be tampered with. Cords with missing ground pins can cause deadly electric shock.

Don’t overextend the use of extension cords: Extension cords aren’t made for long term use. They are meant to be short-term solutions as extended use can wreak havoc on your electrical system. Never place extension cords under rugs or mats or let them run underneath doors where they could be damaged.

Call a professional: Electrical safety tips are always helpful, but sometimes an expert’s help is needed! Call Staley Electric for all residential electric needs, including outlet repair, a house rewire, and more.

If you are in need of a whole-home generator, a house rewire, outlet repair, or any other residential or commercial electric needs, give Staley Electric a call at (501) 565-3006! Visit our website to learn more or to send us an email.

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