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Simple Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill without Sacrificing Convenience

Whether you’re looking to add some new lighting features to your home or you need a complete service upgrade, you can count on Fielack Electric to meet all of your electrical needs. For more than 20 years, these licensed master electricians have been providing Northport, NY homeowners with outstanding electrical services. With a proven track record of success, affordable rates, and affiliations with the most renowned electrical associations, including the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and the Better Business Bureau, it’s no wonder why so many homeowners on Northport, NY count on Fielack Electric.

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Keeping the lights on can be astronomically expensive – not to mention the air conditioner, the heat, and all of the appliances in your house. The US Department of Energy estimates that it costs about $2,200 to power the average home each year. That’s a pretty big expense.

You rely on your electricity for so much; you use it for lighting, cooking, cleaning, entertaining, and so much more. Imagine how inconvenient life would be without electricity! However, despite how much easier electricity makes your life, the idea of spending so much money on powering your home makes you feel a bit sick to your stomach – and understandably so.

The good news is that you can lower your electric bill without having to forego convenience. Here’s a look at some simple ways that you can slash your energy use – and your bills – and still enjoy all of the benefits that electricity provides.

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Maximize Heating and Cooling

If you’re like most homeowners in Northport, NY, heating and cooling probably account for the bulk of your energy bill. While you want to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer, you don’t have to shell out big bucks to maintain your comfort.

To reduce the amount you spend on heating and cooling, try these simple tips:

  • Adjust the thermostat. Running it just a few degrees higher in the summer and a few degrees cooler in the winter can translate to huge savings.
  • Update your insulation. Doing so will help retain heated and cooled air and prevent your HVAC system from having to work so hard, thereby cutting down the amount of electricity the system uses.
  • Seal up any leaks. Air leaks around windows, doors, and even plumbing pipes on exterior walls can push your electric bill way up.
  • Open and clean your vents. An accumulation of dust and debris on vents will reduce airflow, as will furniture placed in front of them.

Be Smart About Your Laundry

Washing machines and dryers use a tremendous amount of energy, even energy-efficient models. By making some simple adjustments, you can keep your clothes clean and lower your electric bill.

  • Switch to cold water. Hot water accounts for roughly 90% of the energy that a washing machine uses. Washing in cold water isn’t only better for your wallet; it’s better for your clothes! When you wash in hot water, colors can bleed and delicate materials can shrink.
  • Fill the machine. If you have a tendency to wash small loads of laundry, get in the habit of waiting until it’s full to turn on the machine. You can cut down on your energy bill and conserve water at the same time!
  • Clean the lint filter regularly. You’ll improve the efficiency of the dryer, which will save you money, and you’ll also improve the safety of your home. Dirt lint traps are a serious fire hazard.

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Change Your Dishwashing Habits

A dishwasher is certainly a handy appliance, but if you aren’t using it wisely, you’ll end up paying more than you need to. Enjoy the convenience of not having to hand-wash your dishes without spending a fortune.

  • Be mindful of how you load it. Make sure you give dishes a good rinse and load them efficiently. Place plates, cups, and utensils in their designated areas, and make sure that they aren’t blocked. Changing how you load your dishwasher will prevent you from having to run it again – and from using extra electricity.
  • Nix the heat dry. Instead of using the drying feature on your dishwasher, air dry or use a towel to soak up the remaining water.

Turn the Power Off

Did you know that even when you aren’t using your TV, your computer, or your gaming system, they’re still using power? It’s true! These electronics are serious power drains even when they aren’t in use.

To lower your electric bill, unplug these devices when you aren’t using them. If it’s too much of a hassle to unplug each individual device, connect them to a power strip and turn it off when you aren’t watching TV, gaming, or surfing the Web.

By making these simple changes, you can see significant savings on your electric bill. What’s more, you won’t be inconvenienced. Now that’s a win-win situation!

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For more tips on lowering your electric bill or for any other electrical needs, you may have, contact Fielack Electric! Their licensed master electricians will be glad to assist all of your needs at 631-420-1700.

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Some Information about Northport

Northport is a historic maritime village on the north shore of Long Island, New York. Initially designated Great Cow Harbour by 17th-century English colonists, the area was officially renamed Northport in 1837. In 1894, in an effort to localize governance, the community incorporated as a village.

The original inhabitants of the area now known as Northport were the Matinecocks, one of 13 Native American tribes of Long Island. The Matinecocks called this land Opcathontyche, which meant “wading place creek”. After Dutch interest a few years earlier, the land was sold by Chief Asharoken, head of the Matinecocks, to three Englishmen in 1656.

With land that was well suited for farming, the early settlers grazed cattle on pastures around the harbor. The area soon became known as Great Cow Harbour. (The nearby hamlet of was known as Little Cow Harbour.) The oldest house still standing in Northport, the Skidmore House on Main Street, was built in 1761. In 2009 the house was put up for sale, sparking the village to pass a historical preservation law.

Woodbine Avenue and Northport Harbor, circa 1900

In the early 19th century Great Cow Harbor was still a rural farming community. By the 1830s the village contained only eight dwellings. But a new industry of shipbuilding brought rapid change and growth. The village shifted away from its farming roots as shipbuilding became the community’s primary industry. By 1837 the village was being referred to as Northport.

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