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Advice From Your Electrician: Energy-Saving Tips To Reduce Your Electricity Bills

Rising electricity costs have become a growing concern for residents in Calgary and the surrounding area, putting a strain on household budgets. In the past five years, electricity rates have experienced an average annual increase of approximately 3.5%. This steady rise has resulted in a cumulative increase of over 17.5% during that period, posing a significant financial burden on consumers in the region. With increasing rates, it has become more important than ever for residents to implement energy-saving strategies to mitigate the impact on their electricity bills. Our expert electricians have some tips to boost your energy savings and reduce your electricity bills. With a few simple changes and the right guidance, you can significantly reduce your energy usage and save money.

Electrical Services: Tips That Save You Money

  1. Upgrade to LED Lighting:
    One of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your electricity consumption is by replacing traditional incandescent or CFL bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights in an LED retrofit. LED bulbs use up to 75% less energy and last significantly longer. They might be slightly more expensive upfront, but the long-term cost savings and reduced environmental impact make them a worthwhile investment.
  2. Embrace Natural Light:
    Take advantage of natural light during the day by opening curtains and blinds. Use light-coloured window coverings to maximize the amount of sunlight entering your home. This will minimize the need for artificial lighting and reduce your energy consumption.
  3. Unplug Unused Electronics:
    Many electronics consume energy even when they're turned off but still plugged in. These "energy vampires" can account for a significant portion of your electricity bill. Make it a habit to unplug devices such as phone chargers, laptops, gaming consoles, and kitchen appliances when not in use, or use power bars with an on/off switch to easily cut off power supply to multiple devices. How old an appliance or device is, how often it is used, its Energy Star rating, and more will determine exactly how much energy it is wasting, but in general, these are the biggest culprits:
    * Televisions
    * Computers
    * Refrigerators
    * Thermostats
    (you cannot unplug this, but leverage smart home technologies instead)
    * Electric Toothbrush
    * Kitchen Appliances 

  4. Optimize Heating and Cooling:
    Heating and cooling systems are among the biggest contributors to high electricity bills. Ensure your home is well-insulated to prevent air leaks, and seal any gaps around windows and doors. Use programmable thermostats to set lower temperatures during periods when you're away from home or asleep. This simple adjustment can result in substantial savings over time.
  5. Efficient Appliances:
    When purchasing new appliances, opt for energy-efficient models that are certified by Energy Star. These appliances are designed to use less energy without sacrificing performance. Consider upgrading to an energy-efficient refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, and other major appliances when the time comes.
  6. Energy-Saving Power Strips:
    Invest in power strips that come with built-in energy-saving features. These smart power strips detect when devices are in standby mode and automatically cut off power to them. By eliminating standby power consumption, you can make a noticeable difference in your electricity usage.
  7. Maintain Electrical Systems:
    Regular comprehensive maintenance of your electrical systems is essential to ensure they operate efficiently. Faulty wiring, loose connections, and outdated equipment can lead to energy waste and safety hazards. Hire a professional electrician to conduct regular inspections and make any necessary repairs or upgrades.

Learn how to improve your home electricity use by reading Rising Electricity Costs: How An Electrician Can Help Make Your Home More Energy Efficient.

Cut Costs With Electrical Services From Fluorescent Man Lighting

Reducing your electricity bills doesn't have to be a daunting task. By implementing these energy-saving tips, you can make a significant impact on both your wallet and the environment. From upgrading to LED lighting and embracing natural light to optimizing your heating and cooling systems and investing in energy-efficient appliances, every small change adds up. And don't forget to stay on top of regular electrical maintenance to maximize your savings. Remember, even the smallest effort can make a big difference when it comes to reducing energy consumption and lowering your electricity bills.

At Fluorescent Man Lighting and Electrical, we offer comprehensive electrician services to improve your home, replace your wiring, and perform repairs of all sizes. Providing over 25 years of electrical services in the Chestermere and the Calgary area, Fluorescent Man Lighting and Electrical can offer you top-quality commercial and residential electrical services. We provide efficient and affordable service with a team of electricians with at least 5 to 8 years of experience each. To get a free in-home quote, contact Fluorescent Man Lighting and Electrical at 1-403-863-8529 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: How much does a consultation cost?
A: FM Lighting and Electrical offers a free consultation that includes:

  • An assessment of your electrical needs
  • Recommendations of the best products for your home or business
  • An effective and efficient solution design
  • A no-obligation quote

Q: How do you know who is the right electrician to hire?
A: A great electrician is licensed, reputable, knowledgeable, and specializes in energy conservation and LED lighting. Read Choosing The Right LED Lighting Electrician to learn more.

Q: Can I do my electrical work myself?
A: Having yourself or a friend do your electrical work can be incredibly dangerous. If someone without their license or insurance does electrical work on your home or business and something goes wrong, you can be liable. You might not qualify for an insurance claim and you could be out a lot of money.

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