We all dread the day we receive that pesky electric bill in the mail, hesitating to open it for fear of the amount inside. According to Wallet Hub , the average energy bill in Texas is around $153 monthly. To some this may not seem like a great deal, but if you can save money, why not? We compiled a list of 10 easy, low budget ways to save at least 15% on your electric bill.
Seal Air Leaks with Weather Stripping. The first step to take to save energy is ensuring there are no air leaks in your windows or doors. Not only does this waste needed cool air or heat, but it can also add unnecessary charges to your bill. If you have leftover caulk or weather-stripping, start sealing those cracks! According to Energy.Gov , this could save you 5%-10% on your energy bill.
Check/Change Your Filters Regularly. This may go without saying for most of us, but for those who do not check their filters consistently, now is the time! Every other month or 4 times a year is what is recommended for changing home air filters. This is different for every home, so see what works best for you. There are some that say replacing the air filter monthly can be beneficial, however, unless you have severe allergies this is not necessary.
It’s been more than four months since Hurricane Harvey, which destroyed several homes and businesses in Houston and surrounding areas. It is estimated that somewhere around 30,000 to 40,000 homes were seriously damaged from the unforgiving storm. Although most are in the remodeling process by now, it is a slow and often difficult one. Our hearts go out to each and every family affected by this monstrous storm. Here is some helpful advice to get our fellow Houstonians through it as quickly and easily as possible.
First things first, before starting ANY remodeling, most areas of Houston will require a city permit . This is to ensure that all electrical and other safety requirements are up to code. Our professionals at Wired can help you obtain a city permit, just let our administrative staff know that you will need one when you call.
Keep in mind that all electrical equipment in your home or commercial building is ruined. Only a licensed technician is capable of assessing and removing damaged electrical equipment. A full evaluation/estimate of the effected area is typically required before reconstruction can begin, especially for those with insurance claims. Do not just hire any electrician, make certain they are licensed and most importantly Insured . You’ve been through enough as is, so the less risk, the better. Our technicians are both licensed and insured for your protection.
Many of us Houstonians often wonder what lighting is best, not only for our area, but in general to save us time, energy, and money. So which is better, LED or CFL? We gathered some information to weigh out the pros and cons of each.