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3 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep

by Hickerson Brothers on January 27, 2017

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Save Energy with These New Year’s Resolutions

Usually, around this time people are giving up on their New Year’s resolutions. We get it; it’s tough to follow through on difficult commitments, especially when it comes to altering habits. Let et us be the voice that says, “Keep going! You can do this!” Or, maybe you’re still struggling to come up with a resolution. That’s where we come in. Resolve to be more energy efficient!

We’ve come up with several New Year’s resolutions we truly think you can keep. Energy efficiency doesn’t always require a significant monetary investment; sometimes, it calls for a small change in your routine. We know that change can be scary, but once you realize your savings potential, we hope that the challenge will be worth it!

Upgrade to Energy Star Appliances

If your home is equipped with outdated, inefficient appliances, now is the time to replace them! It’s okay to start small; you don’t have to upgrade every appliance in your home at one time. Choose from an Energy Star dishwasher, refrigerator, clothes washer or dryer, or central air conditioner or heating system, etc. Learn more about Energy Star appliances, electronics, office equipment, and HVAC products here!

Why Energy Star?

  • An Energy Star clothes washer uses nearly 40 percent less energy than its conventional counterpart.
  • Energy Star light bulbs can save you up to $75 a year, and that’s just with switching out your most frequently used bulbs.
  • Energy Star appliances reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and fossil fuel use.

Schedule A Home Energy Audit

If you’re not quite sure where to begin with upgrades, schedule a home energy audit. During an inspection, an energy auditor will survey your entire home to locate inefficiencies. To find out more information on home energy audits, like what type of tools and software are used during an inspection, as well as who can complete one, click the image below!

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Switch to Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLS)

Now’s the time to upgrade your light bulbs from incandescent to CFLs. Doing so can reduce your energy consumption by up to three-quarters. A new CFL will cost you around two or three dollars, however, it lasts 10,000 hours and uses roughly 27 watts as opposed to a 100-watt incandescent.

Here’s the math breakdown:

  • A CFL costs about two or three dollars. During its lifespan, it will run you about $22, so in total you will spend around $25.
  • A 100-watt bulb costs 50 cents, however it only lasts for around 1,000 hours. To get the 10,000 hours a CFL supplies, you would need 10 bulbs, during which you will use 1,000 kilowatts of electricity. This costs on average $80.

Hickerson Electrical is your source for all home electrical services. We’re ready and willing to deliver top-quality service to your home at a moment’s notice. So call today at (703) 594-3913.

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