Wilmington HotelsWilmington AdvertiseWilmington AttractionsWilmington BeachesWilmington Business DirectoryWilmingtonWilmingtonWilmington GolfWilmington JobsWilmington NewsWilmington DiningWilmington Weather



Wilmington, NC News

  Free Wilmington Travel Guide!

Saving money on your energy bill



Most of us are looking at ways to economize; one place we can start is with the electricity bill.

Bud Goolsby from the Coastal Lighting Showroom in Wilmington has an idea… put a dimmer switch on lights in places like your dining room.

He said 20 percent of your electricity bill is likely from lighting your home. If you dim the lights to 80 percent, you would save eight dollars a month, or close to one hundred dollars a year.

Doesn’t sound like much, but since the average family lives in a home for seven years, buying a $30 dimmer could save you close to $700 in 7 years.

“The great advantage to the economy is if in North Carolina all 6 million people did that, it would be a tremendous savings on our ecology,” said Bud Goolsby.

Just one warning, don’t put dimmers on those energy saving florescent lights, because that can cause fires.

Another tip… consider putting a motion detector in places like the bathroom.

“Especially if you have children, places like bathrooms or their bedroom where they come and go a lot and fail to turn off the lights, that can be real energy-saving also,” Goolsby added.

Like dimmers, they cost about $30 and can be used with all types of bulbs.

Elaine jack at Sapona in Wilmington says another way to cut your electricity cost is by unplugging electronics and appliances you’re not using.

“If we’ve charged our phone we should do that, because then we’re not paying for that energy that’s going into that little heat thing, if you’ve ever pulled that out of the socket, you notice it’s hot, so it’s drawing, the same with your computer cord,” Elaine said.

Or, just plug everything into a surge protector and turn the switch off at night.

Story image

Story summary

Most of us are looking at ways to economize; one place we can start is with the electricity bill.

Story summary image

Associated poll

More: continued here

Be Sociable, Share!


News provided by WWAY NewsChannel 3 and the StarNewsOnline

|Home| |Events| |Attractions| |Accommodations| |Restaurants| |Golf| |Beaches| |Jobs| |Getting Here| |Climate| |Directory| |News| |Advertise| |Contact Us|

  Welcome to Wilmington, North Carolina