The Top Ways to Stop Wasting Energy This Winter

The winter season forces us to spend a lot more time indoors. With the increased time in your home, comes the increase in your energy bills. Luckily, making these few adjustments in your home can significantly reduce energy waste:

Switch To LED Bulbs

Traditional incandescent light bulbs consume a lot of energy and emit a lot of heat. The light emitting diode (LED) bulbs consume less energy and save anywhere between 30 and 80% of lighting power. The LED bulbs last longer than the traditional bulbs and save you a lot of money in the long run.

Utilize Natural Lighting

Our first thought might be to jump and turn on the lights, but when it’s a sunny day outside, opt for open curtains instead. Natural sunlight can warm the home, provide beautiful natural lighting, and keep your energy bill low. So next time you jump to turn on that table lamp, think twice and opt for letting in the sun instead.

Installing A Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat also referred to as a programmable thermostat, is designed to turn on or down the heat automatically. You may set it to turn on the heat when you are around and down when you are away. The programmable thermostat reduces energy consumption significantly, and you don’t need to have an HVAC system upgrade.

Unplug Appliances

We tend to leave all our appliances running even when they are not in use. Even if you switch them off without unplugging them from the sockets, it is possible that they continue consuming energy. You might want to start unplugging all your electronics, whether it’s the microwave, TV, washing machine or computer when no one is using them.

Protip: put the ones you don’t use often on the same power strip, so you can turn them off with ease.

Purchase Electronics That Are Energy Saving

Some electronics such as the refrigerators, heaters, and freezers often run non-stop. Energy consumed in these kinds of electronics accumulates quickly causing the electricity bills to shoot up. The appliances being released in the market meet the minimum energy performance threshold. Always inquire if a machine is energy efficient before making a purchase. Energy efficient electronics are designed to reduce the amount of energy utilized.

Limiting Appliance Use

If your kids are always on their computers and television; this consumes energy. You can reduce energy wastage this winter by encouraging your kids to cut down on the time they spend watching television or using other appliances. Instead, have them read a book, go out for skiing and help with the house chores.

Don’t wait for the energy bills to escalate this winter. All you need is to apply some of these simple ways to conserve energy.


Looking for an electrical upgrade, or want to switch your lighting to LEDs, Beacon Electrical Services is here to help! We are your source of lighting for homes in Fairfax, Manassas, Alexandria, and surrounding communities throughout Northern Virginia.
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