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Save On Time-Of-Use Electricity And The Environment

We have known for quite a while that our reliance on foreign oil is a major problem and has been a leading cause of many hands wringing over the issue of energy independence. With the price of oil steadily rising, alternatives for energy are becoming more attractive. This has resulted in an increased awareness of energy efficiency among homeowners as well as those looking to remodel their homes.

 

Traditional electricity

use involved a home being plugged into the mains for all of its electricity needs. Electricity was used primarily for lights, appliances, and even motors. For heating, the obvious choice would be natural gas. However, in today’s ever-changing energy marketplace, technological advancements and ever-fluctuating energy prices are forcing some people to rethink their energy options. It is no longer just the cost that is attracting people to change to greener pastures; there are also many environmental benefits to doing so.

 

One of the most noticeable changes

is the reduction in peak hours of electricity usage. When using electricity during peak hours, the bill costs considerably more than during the off-peak hours. It is true that during the prime hours of the day, the demand for electricity increases as the sun rises and sets. The demand typically lasts all day and night as well. However, when the sun does not rise or set at those times, and there is little if any demand, electricity usage reduces dramatically.

 

With this decline in demand for electricity,

rates tend to be much cheaper. During off-peak hours, power usage is generally lower than during peak hours. Although this is sometimes overlooked, it is usually noticed that during periods when there is little or no use of electricity, rates are usually higher. It is common knowledge that when businesses and homes use less electricity, there is money left over at the end of the month. This is why saving on electricity during these periods usually leads to saving on bills because the amount paid per unit of electricity is generally lower.

 

Another reason

why saving on electricity during the peaks is helpful is because, during the peak hours, there are more transmission and distribution lines up and down the country. This means that there are more fluctuations in voltage, which then increase your expenses. To avoid this problem, it is best to use an appliance that automatically turns itself off when it reaches its expected time of use. For example, a washing machine that will automatically switch itself off when washing is useful. In addition, many newer electrical appliances are designed to better utilize the energy they are consuming, and in some cases have timers that allow them to turn themselves off without user intervention.

 

If you do not need electricity during peak hours,

but still desire to be environmentally friendly, installing a solar panel is an option. Solar panels are known for being able to absorb a lot of solar energy during the day and to store this energy in a battery, which can then be used later. This option is more expensive than other options, but it can significantly reduce your electrical bill during peak hours. A solar panel is also useful if you are considering purchasing a new electric appliance because it can significantly decrease the cost of using such an appliance.

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