March 19, 2013
by Fast Electric Service
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Electrician Raleigh NC: A Few More Energy Saving Tips From Fast Electric!

Electrician Raleigh NC: Even more Energy Savings!

OK. We’ve really gone over a great deal of ways to save on energy in your household. It’s simple really, when give a little bit of though. Almost everything in your home uses energy to work. That’s a lot of energy. Below are 4 more great energy saving tips. Once all of these tips are put into action, we hope it’s worth the extra effort it takes to do it! Your Electrician Raleigh NC believes it is!

 

Electrician Raleigh NC Tip #1. Plug Air Leaks
Save 12% of energy
Replacing windows is the most effective way to save on energy. It’s also the least cost-efficient. New windows in your home cost a lot. If you aren’t able to, there is something else you can do. Find all the air leaks in your windows and doors. Seal these air leaks around doors and windows instead. Use caulk and weather-stripping. Insulating curtains are great for blocking sun and keeping the air from running in the summer. It also helps keep the house cool in the summer. Any kind of window cover will help keep the heat in, during the winter.

Even Better: Ask your power company to help locate your major energy losses.

Electrician Raleigh NC Tip #2. Use Your Programmable Thermostat
Saves 10% of energy
Practically half of US households already use a programmable thermostat. Find the owner’s instruction manual. Use it to learn how to use yours. It will make the most of the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Programming your thermostat can help keep the heat or air off while you are away or sleeping. It will automatically turn on before you get home or get up.

Electrician Raleigh NC Tip #3. Air Dry Dishes
Saves 3% of energy
Thank goodness…Hand washing dishes actually takes more energy than using the dishwasher!! Glad we know that know! There is one little issue though. Running the dry cycle, after the dishes are clean defeats the concept. The drying cycle uses twice as much energy than hand washing. Let those dishes air dry.

Even Better: Run your dishwasher (and wash clothes) at night, throughout off-peak hours.

Electrician Raleigh NC Tip #4. Reduce Your Phantom Load
Saves 5% of energy
Countless electronics use energy even when they’re not on. Unplug your electronics or plug them into a power strip. Then, switch the power strip off to save on the “phantom load.”

Even Better: Use a Kill-A-Watt meter to calculate the energy use of appliances and gadgets. Do this even when they’re turned off. You can track the energy used in your entire house with this meter.

 

We hope you’ve learned a little about energy saving in your home, over the course of these last few posts. It’s important to pay attention to these things! It can really help not only your utility bill, but also our environment!

 

For help with your electrical issues be sure to call Fast Electric!

March 17, 2013
by Fast Electric Service
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Holly Springs Electrician: More Energy Saving Tips

Holly Springs Electrician: Save Energy… More Tips!

There are so many little ways to help save on the energy your home uses. In our previous post, we went over a few tips and tricks. In this post, we will go further into the things that actually cause your utility bill to go up, up, up. These things can be avoided easily. You just have to know where to start. Your Holly Springs Electrician can help!

 

Holly Springs Electrician Tip 1. Turn Off the Lights:  Saves 2% of energy

Be mindful about shutting lights off when you leave a room. If you have a forgetful family member or roommate, remind them. Use a sticky note and put it on the switchplates or consider installing motion-detector switches.

Even Better: Replace your bulbs with energy saving ones, quickly!

Holly Springs Electrician Tip 2. Install Ceiling Fans:  Saves 19% of energy

Install Energy Star ceiling fans in the rooms you use most often. They’ll help keep you cool in the summer while your AC works less or not at all. In the winter, switch them to turn clockwise to circulate the warm air rising up to the ceiling back down into the room.

Even Better: Go with a white roof or install a “green” roof. This will prevent heat loss through the roof in winter and cool your home down in the summer.

Holly Springs Electrician Tip 3. Give your fridge a little extra attention

The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy-users in your home, and if it was built before 1993, it’s a huge energy hog. Clean the coils of your fridge every six months to keep it running efficiently, and take up unused space with jugs of water, which hold in the cold. Eliminate a second refrigerator, if you have one.

Holly Springs Electrician Tip 4. Wash Clothes in Cold, Let Them Air Dry:  Saves 9% of energy

Washing clothes in cold water gets them just as clean as hot, and cuts your washer’s energy use in half. Also, dry them outside!

Even Better: Water and energy use are intertwined: producing energy uses water, and providing clean drinking water requires energy. Take steps to conserve water everywhere in your home.

Holly Springs Electrician Tip 5. Upgrade Major Appliances:  Saves 12% of energy

Appliances use 20 percent of the energy in the average US home. When it’s time to purchase new appliances, look for the most efficient Energy Star model you can find. The biggest energy hogs in a home are usually the refrigerator and clothes dryer. Especially if they’re really old!

Holly Springs Electrician Tip 6.  Your Water Heater Needs a Coat:  Saves 1 – 3% of energy

Adding an insulating cover to your water heater can reduce heat loss by 24-45 percent. Turning it down 10 degrees saves, too.   If half of US households did so, it would prevent 239 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. WOW!

Even Better: Upgrade to a tankless, solar water heater when you can. You’ll  save 14% off your energy bill.

 

Be sure to check back soon for more energy saving tips from Fast Electric Services! If you are looking for a Raleigh electrician, contact us today!

March 15, 2013
by Fast Electric Service
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Electrician Apex NC: Easy, Energy Saving Tips

Electrician Apex NC: Save Energy!

Are you forever searching for money saving tricks to lower your utility bills? Does it seem like the bills keep creeping up, every month? If so, this post is for you! Believe it or not, there are, actually, some easy ways to save a bit of money. To find out what you can do to save on your utility bill, read on! These few, easy tips will make a difference on your next bill!

 

Electrician Apex NC Tip 1. Load your fridge or freezer down. If it’s not full, it costs. Replace empty spaces in your refrigerator and freezer with milk jugs, filled with water. You’ll save energy and money! Yes, that’s right. It actually takes more energy to run an unfilled refrigerator and freezer, than a filled one.

Electrician Apex NC Tip 2. Transfer your fresh brewed pot of coffee into an insulated decanter. Do this every morning or evening.  Doing so will keep you from leaving the coffee pot on for hours, trying to keep the pot warm. It will save on energy!

Electrician Apex NC Tip 3. If your dishwasher is full, run it. Otherwise, leave it until you’ve filled it up. It takes a great deal of energy to heat the water and run the appliance. Once the cycle is complete, you can always turn it off and allow the dishes to air dry. That will also save a good bit of energy.

Electrician Apex NC Tip 4. If you have an older toilet, reduce the amount of water used by putting a filled water bottle into the tank, opposite the flush unit. This will make certain that the toilet uses a lot less water to flush.

There are so many different, easy ways to save on your utility bill. It’s actually so easy; it’s hard to think of all the ways. Just remember, lights use energy. If you aren’t using them, turn them off. If you don’t have a full load of laundry to wash, wait until you do. Keeping the fact that most everything in your home uses energy is also a good way to cut on costs.

Be sure to visit back with us soon for more tips on how to save energy in your homes! Going green is important. Taking these few tips into consideration is a great start to going green.

March 13, 2013
by Fast Electric Service
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Residential Electrical Services Your Preferred, Cary Electrician, Provides

Cary Electrician Residential Services

Fast Electric is an expert Electrical company. They have been doing business since 1998. Fast Electric is a preferred company that has been serving residential electrical needs for over a decade. With their skilled electricians, doing work for homes and business, they are a great pick for all types of electrical work. If you are in need of any type of electrical work, visit our website to contact a Cary Electrician, www.fastelectric.com

Fast Electric  is your ideal source for all electrical work. They offer work ranging from in-home to security and communications systems to superior audio and video systems. Prefabrication and prepackaging of these systems reduces installation time and cost, considerably.

 

Fast Electric offers nothing but the best products available. Be sure to check out our website for other services.  Below is a list of all residential services offered.

 
Cary Electrician Services

  1. Upfits and Renovations
  2. Service Upgrades
  3. Panel Change Outs
  4. Security and Area Lighting
  5. Saunas, Pools, and Hot Tubs
  6. Switch and Receptacle repairs, replacements, and more
  7. Recessed, Sconce, Pendant, and Under Cabinet Lighting
  8. Copper and Aluminum Conversions
  9. Whole House Safety Assessments
  10. Panel Safety Assessments
  11. Ceiling, Exhaust, and Whole House Fans

 

If you are interested in any of the residential services offered by Fast Electric, yoru preferred Cary Electrician, please feel free to call today. Scheduling a consultation is easy!

March 10, 2013
by Fast Electric Service
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Electrician Raleigh NC: Home Improvement Tips for Spring

Electrician Raleigh NC: More Spring Tips!

Last post, we went over a few home maintenance tips. It’s always a good idea to get your house in tip top shape, right before, or during spring. It’s just a good time to get some things you only do once a year, out of the way. Much like spring cleaning, spring home improvements are a sure way to get the exterior of your home looking just as good as the interior! Below are some great tips for inexpensive home improvements for spring from your electrician Raleigh NC!

 

  • Electrician Raleigh NC Tip#1: Pressure wash the exterior of your home, deck, and other patios. It’s unbelievable how dirty they may get during the winter snows and storms. Pressure washing is a great way to easily clean them, without too much of a struggle.

 

  • Electrician Raleigh NC Tip#2: Replace any porch railings, decking boards, or other damage you noticed while pressure washing. Getting the repairs done, before an outdoor summer get together will relieve a bit of stress.

 

  • Electrician Raleigh NC Tip#3: Once the deck or patio is dry from the pressure washing and all damage is repaired, re-stain it. If you haven’t re-stained in a while, doing so is a great way to spruce up dull decks. Summer parties are sure to look great with a newly stained porch or deck!

 

  • Electrician Raleigh NC Tip#3: Give porch railings, fences, or any other painted exteriors a fresh coat of paint. There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint.

 

  • Electrician Raleigh NC Tip#4: Does your curb appeal lack? Give it a quick, pick me up, by really giving your shrubbery and other plants a good trimming. Add a few more, if needed. Also, don’t be afraid to replace shrubs that have gotten too big.

 

  • Electrician Raleigh NC Tip#5: Give your curb appeal some outdoor lighting. Nothing says home improvement by adding the right kind of lighting to illuminate your home. Be sure to call your preferred Apex Electrician to check out your options. Fast Electric work with you on creating the perfect outdoor lighting for your home.

 

We hope you’ve learned a few tricks on how to improve your home during the spring season. All it takes is a little work, and your home will be ready for summer fun! Be sure to check out www.fastelectric today for more information on outdoor lighting!