Starting in May of 2011, TVs sold in the United States will bear EnergyGuide labels like the ones found on appliances. Yep, we’re talking about those ugly yellow and black labels—though the ones on TVs will be smaller. Since we in Bermuda buy most of our TVs from the United States we will be seeing these yellow stickers soon too.
Things to Know:
Aside from Cablevision, WOW or Dish the one of the largest unexpected expenses to your television viewing could be BELCO! But if you have purchased a new LCD or LED TV in the last year this price might be going down as much as 90% in some instances.
The Consumer Electronic Association in the USA have been tracking television energy consumption and their studies have shown that LED and LCD displays ranging from 13”-65” are helping us save both money and the planet. A few of their published highlights concluded:
The CEA have also said that some high energy efficient tvs consumer less than a 100watt light bulb per hour! If you are interested in learning more about the study and visit the CEA’s website.
2011 Diet Resolution
It is a New Year and with that many people make resolutions. Diets are among the number one resolutions out there, but how about trying one that not only benefits you- but the island as a whole! That is right – how about putting you and your family (and you company for that matter) on an Energy Diet!
Most people can say that they have left the house and have forgotten to turn off an outdoor light, or have left a boardroom and have forgotten to turn off the TV, lights or projector. Mistakes happen and we get busy and that is when we should use technology to control our spaces and help us save money!
We urge all of our lighting systems clients to carefully think about their lighting programming and think about the ways that we can re programme your lighting systems to help save money on your BELCO bill and reduce energy consumption.
Ask yourself questions like:
If you are finding that you are losing money and wasting energy with your lighting system we urge you to contact us so that we can help you stay committed to an Energy Diet. A simple programme change can save you hundreds in the long run.
If you do not have a programmable lighting system in your home or office you can still commit to the energy diet by installing the following:
Along with lighting we must stay conscious of appliances and electronics that we use on a daily bases. High efficiency appliances can cost more- but are well worth it in lower utilities. When it is time to replace an appliance make sure that you spend that extra couple of hundred dollars on an energy efficient appliance as it will save you in the long run.
Other areas where you can save energy besides appliances:
Be very careful of compact fluorescent bulbs- although they save energy most of them contain mercury which is very harmful to the environment then they are disposed. Instead look into LED lighting for a long life and lower disposal pollution.
Most importantly remember to turn off lighting or electronics that are not needed. Be reasonable about your energy consumption. A little bit over a long time adds up! Your yearly payments to BELCO can be reduced if you and your family commit to an Energy Diet this year.
Precise Systems would like to encourage you to GO GREEN!
There’s a growing buzz among buyers about eco-friendly homes. And what’s not to like: Green homes use sustainable materials that are better for the environment, and have lower utility bills and healthful air. That means you’ll boost your home’s value with big and small eco-friendly projects. So whether you splurge on total home consumption monitoring system or install a lighting control system to control watt usage, you’ll have that much-needed edge with buyers when you sell your home
The amount of money you will save with simple, little changes can be astonishing. Simply by installing tightly sealed insulation, you could save a wad of cash. By simply programming your automation system to only use 90%max power of lights, and to turn down or off the cooling during the times you are not in the house will save you alot, and you will see it in your BELCO bill.
Even if you do not have a home automation system yet you can do your part in helping to keep Bermuda and the environment healthy and clean for your generation and then proceeding ones. Trying energy saving light bulbs, turn off on needed lights, don’t run air conditioning in empty spaces. Electricity consumption puts toxins in the air, reduce as much as you can and use sunlight whenever you can.