Long Island is located in the Southeast of New York City, less than one mile off Manhattan. Around 7.5 million people call the 1,401 square miles island home, making it the most densely populated in the US, ahead of some countries like Ireland and Jamaica.
Each household averages 755 kWh a month of electricity, which is supplied by the Long Island Power Authority. In operation since 1985, the power company charges from 8 cents to 20 cents per kWh during peak hours and 2 cents to 5 cents during off-peak hours. This is among the most expensive compared to other electric utility providers in the US despite the declining cost of natural gas on the island over the years.
Long Island is known for being home to some of the richest in the country. But with the high cost of electricity, homeowners are hard-pressed to consume it wisely. Fortunately, there are many ways to save power, keep the utility bill manageable, and conserve energy resources.
Turn off and unplug when not in use.
Perhaps the easiest but often neglected way to save electricity is by turning off lights and appliances when not in use. Flipping a switch is easy to forget but very doable with a proper change in mindset.
This includes unplugging idle appliances. Most people do not know that a plugged-in device still draws energy or “phantom electricity” even when not used, especially those with standby mode.
Install programmable thermostat
A certified electrician in Long Island that homeowners can depend on is easy to find. The electrician could install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats can be set to turn off automatically at predetermined times to save energy.
Do not disrupt heating and cooling appliances.
Heating and cooling appliances consume a lot of energy. Do not add unnecessary load on them. Avoid leaving refrigerator doors open or opening them too often. Also, keep from opening oven doors while cooking to check on the food. Opening these appliances while in operation releases heat or cold, making them work harder and consume more electricity.
Use LED bulbs
LED bulbs cost several times more than fluorescent and other bulb types but consume 25 to 80% less energy and last several times more. The savings from less consumption and replacement frequency far outweighs the higher price of LEDs.
Look for the energy star
When choosing an appliance, consider the energy star rating. It is the guarantee given by the government that a particular appliance is energy efficient and good for the environment.
Have a home energy assessment
Ask an electrician Long Island Power Authority has certified for a home energy assessment. This audit determines where energy is consumed or lost the most. Homeowners can use this to plan best where to put insulations, where probable leaks are to fix, where best to put wall outlets, and other ways to minimize energy consumption.
Long Island is known for luxurious beach houses, is home to many celebrities, and generally viewed as a place for the rich and famous. This is not a gross misconception, as it is in Forbes Magazine’s top 25 wealthiest counties in the US.
This, however, is no reason not to be mindful of the consumption of electricity and other resources for that matter. If the cost of power is not enough reason to save, conservation of our natural resources should be.