On June 1st, Commonwealth Edison is raising electricity pricing an average of 21%.  Even if you purchase electricity through a consortium, your bills undoubtedly will be going up.

Last month, we explained that lighting can account for as much as 25% of your home’s electric bill, and provided options on different types of light bulbs.  This month we will discuss how you can save more money through various control products, which can trim 15% or more off your energy bills.

There are several things that can be controlled by these types of systems.  Here are some examples of items you can program, and how you can program them to save energy.  Note that you can pre-program all of these, and can control them remotely and wirelessly via apps on your tablet or mobile phone.  These work for both your home and your work location.

  • HVAC.  You can control your heating and cooling system in several ways.  Programmable thermostats can be set to raise or lower the temperature given the time of day.  That not only saves energy costs, but can ensure your home or workspace is comfortable when you are there.
  • Lighting.  You can program lights using electronic programmable timers to go on or off depending on the time of day.  There are occupancy/vacancy sensors that can detect when you are in a room. These are ideal for laundry rooms, basements and garages. Dimming devices are also available that will allow you to program light levels and remote access lighting from a smart phone or tablet.
  • Shading.  Window solutions will automatically, or remotely, raise or lower shades.  For example, during summer, you can program your shades to be drawn during the day to keep the sun out.  In the winter, you can reprogram them so the shades are open during the day, allowing the sun to warm your home.