As Eugene / Springfield’s Electrician, it is our job to educate our customers on “Green” products and solutions that are available. Please be careful, some companies are trying to take advantage of customers by saying “Go Green” and promising results that are not realistic. While we should all be doing our parts to save both money and the environment, we need to do it wisely. Here are some tips that you can implement in your home or business to save both money and the environment.

  • Install Compact Flourescent Lamps (CFL’s), these replace your incandescent bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer, and use about 75% less energy. You can purchase them at almost any hardware store.

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  • Unplug Appliances – Believe it or not, your appliances still use energy when plugged in. If you will unplug them when not in use, it will save you energy, and prolong the life of the appliance.

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  • Install Motion Sensors Switches – Don’t ever say “Turn Those Lights Off” again. You can install one of these simple devices that activate lights when there is motion in the room or area, and turn them off when there isn’t. These will instantly start saving you money.

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  • Digital Wall Timers – These are great for outdoor lighting, Christmas lights, or anything that only needs to be on during certain times. They will control almost anything, and you can simply program when you want them to come on and off.

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  • Programable Thermostats – This is almost the simplest way to save money immediately. Heating & Cooling your home consumes a large amount of energy. With a digital t-stat, it will regulate your homes temperature during summer, winter, occupied, and unoccupied. These are a must!

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  • Powerworx E3 – This device optimizes the energy coming into your home, which saves you energy. There are several “scams” out there when it comes to these products, if you see any company claiming to save you 15% or more on your electric bill, chances are it’s a scam! This device will save you some energy, but it also protects your expensive appliances such as ac units, pool pumps, freezers, audio / video…

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There are many other things you can do in your home to save energy, and help the environment. Here are some websites, and local companies that can help.