You can achieve a significant reduction in your electric bill by creating the good habits like turning off lights in rooms that are not being used and using natural light when it is available. To amp up your savings further action is required. Sometimes a quick fix like installing a different kind of light bulb to your lighting fixtures will be enough to catalyze real energy savings and in other instances a more comprehensive energy saving service is needed. Other saving options require an elevated skill set. These include disconnecting switches and light fixtures in your home to replace them with alternatives such as a dimmer and fluorescent fixtures that can save you money in the long term.
Turning down a dimmer switch lowers the amount of electricity being delivered to a light fixture instantly making it more energy efficient. The first step in installing a new dimmer switch is to remove the old “single-pole” switch. First, shut off the power to the circuit. Remove the switch cover plate, loosen the old switch’s mounting screws and pull the switch out of the wall. Then confirm that the power is off. If the house wires are short, loosen the terminal screws and take the wires off the switch to remove it. Snip longer house wires as close to the switch as possible. Determine if the dimmer has a green grounding lead. If it does, connect it to the bare or green ground wire in the box. In a metal box, you may find the house ground wire screwed to the box. Unscrew it, and connect it to the dimmer’s ground lead and to another 6-inch length of bare wire. Screw the other end of this wire to the box. Now you’ll need to splice the hot and neutral wires. First, straighten the ends of the black wires If either of the wires breaks, cut off both and strip about one inch of insulation from the end of each wire. Splice the switch leads to the house wires. Finally, you’re ready to secure the switch. Fold the house wires ad switch leads into the electrical box and secure the switch to the box with its two screw mounts. Attach your cover plate and turn the power back on to the switch.
Having a dimmer switch will save you money and add to the aesthetics of your home. Dimmers can help keep light from becoming too intrusive when it is not needed. Dimmers are a great addition to kitchens and living rooms because they are frequently used during times of rest when bright lights are not necessary. This great money saving technique is pretty easy to install; however, if you don’t feel comfortable taking on this project on your own, consult an energy professional.
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