CMW Electric
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Where does the money go?

Each month, you see your electricity bill but no explanation as to what you’re paying for. What does it all really cost?

Climate control. Any season of the year, this consumes up to 44% of household energy use.
Lighting your way. Lighting and appliances account for 33% of the typical utility bill.
Keeping the water warm. Your water heater consumes 14-20% of your energy bill.
Keeping the food cold. Your refrigerator can account for 9% of your total energy bill.

Where can you save?
  • Drop your thermostat 6º-8º F every night or when you’re away, reducing your heating bill by 10-16%.
  • Lower the temperature on electric water heaters to 120º F. Any higher than that is an energy waster and a scalding risk.
  • Set refrigerator temperatures between 37º-40º F, and 5º F for the freezer.
  • Shut off lights, computers and other electronic appliances when you’re not using them. These “unused” items are wasting 6% of your energy dollars.

Call us for information on energy-saving appliances!

Reduce the Risk of Break-ins

Burglars look for easy marks, and many homeowners seem willing to accommodate them. Only one in four home burglaries involves forced entry. Unlocked doors and windows make entry simple, even for inexperienced burglars.

Also, proper lighting may deter burglars. Keep lights on when you are not at home. Make sure all potential entry points to your house are well-lit, including doors, main-floor windows and basement windows. Install motion sensitive lights in the front and at the rear of your home.

Call us if you need help with installation!

Warning Signs of a Potential Electrical Fire

Electrical problems are among the leading causes of fires. Signs of an electrical problem are:

Flickering lights. If lights dim when you turn on an appliance, that circuit may be overloaded.
Sparks. If sparks appear when you insert or remove a plug, you could have loose connections.
Warm cord. If an electrical cord produces heat, it is underrated or defective.
Frequent blown fuses.  A fuse or circuit breaker that keeps tripping is a warning sign.
Frequent bulb burnout.  A bulb that burns out frequently has a wattage too high for the fixture.

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