Let’s Talk Energy

Picture of Jake ThomasHello, I’m Jake Thomas, manager of marketing and energy services. For the past three months, I’ve shared various ways you can save money on your power bill and become more energy efficient. For part three of our Energy Talk series, let’s discuss lighting and appliance options. 


Energy for lighting accounts for about 10% of your electric bill. Replacing compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) with light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LED bulbs can provide an estimated $70 per year in energy costs. Examine the light bulbs in your house and consider replacing them with more efficient LEDs. When shopping for bulbs, consider the brightness of the bulbs you want. Whether soft white, cool white or warmer daylight white, it is a good idea to use the same color bulb in each room to provide consistent lighting color.  

Today’s LED lights measure light in Lumens and typically consume as few as 12 to 15 watts of energy versus their traditional counterparts. Be sure to search for the Energy Star rating on the outside of the box as well as the lumens and the Lighting Facts label.

Appliances and Electronics

The appliances and electronics you choose and how you use them affect your energy use and costs. According to energystar.gov, the average home spends about $2,200 on energy bills annually. Examine the appliances and electronics in your home and consider the following strategies for reducing energy use:

  • Unplug an item when it is not in use to prevent phantom loads;
  • Change the settings or use the item less often;
  • Purchase a new, more efficient product.

If you have questions about lighting or appliances or wish to schedule an in-home energy audit, contact one of our Energy Specialists at 704-289-3145. Visit our Energy Center at union-power.com to obtain additional energy savings tips and tools.