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Chargers and Energy Loss 

Questions often asked are how much energy is used when small, rechargeable appliances like cell phones, cameras, toothbrushes, and tools are left plugged-in after they are fully-charged? Also, do chargers, without their devices attached, consume energy while plugged-in to the wall outlet?

 

Bathroom Exhaust Fans

Bathrooms can create the moisture problems leading to mold and mildew issues. Moisture can be eliminated by simply opening a window or door, but if your bathroom does not have a window, a properly-sized exhaust fan is your best solution. 

Video Game Energy Use

Many cooperative members use video gaming systems in their homes. Some of these systems have electric usage comparable to a new refrigerator! The top three game systems are X-Box 360, Nintendo Wii, and PlayStation 3, and each have different energy usage levels (listed below).

The newest consoles  have reduced energy consumption by as much as half that of older systems.

Well Pump Pressure Switch

A pressure switch is the device that starts and stops a home's well pump. The pump motor runs by opening and closing a set of contacts. When the contacts are closed together, the pump starts. When they spread apart, the pump stops. This picture depicts a gray-colored switch. 

Heat Pumps and Set-Back Thermostats 

I recently received a request from an E-Tip subscriber to talk about setting back the temperature of a heat pump on winter nights. This is a good question, so let's delve into it.

 

Water Heating Savings

An electric water heater can be the second or third highest energy user in your home. Here are four ways to save money:
 
 

Use Less

  • Install aerating low-flow shower and  faucet heads.
  • Repair leaky faucets promptly. Leaks can waste gallons of water quickly.

 

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    Water Heating Savings

     
    An electric water heater can be the second or third highest energy user in your home. Here are four ways to save money:
     

    Use Less

    • Install aerating low-flow shower and  faucet heads.
    • Repair leaky faucets promptly.  Leaks can waste gallons of water  quickly

    Winter energy bills are the highest seen in some 20 years. And the "energy savings" guys are out there trying to sell our members their gadgets. Some promise to save as much as 30 percent on the electric bill by just plugging the device into a wall receptacle. How do they accomplish this feat? The magic is supposed to be in correcting your home's power factor.

     

    Induction Cook Tops
     

    The most efficient electric range heating elements are induction cook top units.  The process works by exciting ferrous or iron particles in the cookware to create heat.The cookware gets hot, not the range surface.

    Nearly all the energy goes into the pot or pan to heat the food. Less energy is loss to the air, making it more energy efficient.
     

     

    Central Electric Cooperative Completing Electric Service Repairs

     

    PARKER, Pa. Feb. 21, 2014 - Crews of Parker-based Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) are working to restore electric service to 2200 members still without power in the Saxonburg area of Butler County. The outage occurred around mid-night last evening. Substation equipment failure caused the event. Crews are working at the site and should have power restored by mid-morning.

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