Besides being the number one electrical contractor in St. Louis, we offer our customers a wide array of Value Added Services that are in addition to the services Sachs is best known for. Through partnerships with the trades, construction managers/consulting engineers and owners, we assist in the development of budgets, scope of work, and specification reviews to assure project constructability on time and within budget.

One thing about drying clothes in the house – if the house is sealed enough to be energy efficient – you are releasing a lot of moisture into the house. When I lived in Europe, the clothes drying setup tended to be in the attic in older houses (beyond the insulation) or in a basement where casement windows could be opened to vent the moisture. Also, houses without clothes dryers usually have a “pressing closet,” with a bit of heat and moisture to ease any stiffness out of the line-dried clothes. Ours was built around the water heater – probably wouldn’t work with a modern one!


Ideally, a load of laundry should pack in as many articles of clothing as possible, but stuffing your washer until it's full isn't a good idea. While the washer can likely fit whatever you throw at it, if you're using a machine drier afterwards you need to consider what it can handle as well. If there's little room for movement in the drier, the hot air won't be able to do its job and you may have to run the drier twice. That's really inefficient, so make sure your load of laundry doesn't take up too much room in the drier before you wash it. A good rule of thumb is to leave about 25% of the drier unfilled so there's room for movement, and even more if you're drying large bed sheets or blankets. Many driers are larger than washers, and your clothing takes up less space when wet, so your clothing will always fit. Measure for 25% before you wash to ensure you leave enough room for good air flow.

When I placed the evaSmart on my bedside table for the evening and filled its little tank to the brim with water, I managed to sleep through the night even with all the windows closed and the temperature outside slowly climbing. In fact, the only time I did wake up in the night was to turn down the unit a bit, as I found the fan to be a little too effective.


Be sure your air conditioner is the right size for the room. Obviously, if it's too small, it won't do the job. But, according to the DOE, a unit that's too big will result in reduced efficiency, higher electric bills, uncomfortable temperature fluctuations and excessive wear and tear, which means you'll probably have to buy a replacement unit much sooner.
Although sites like Power to Choose are meant to be impartial outlets for electricity plans, many of the electricity providers have confused the situation by adding plans with teaser rates, plans that use assumed credits in their kWh pricing, or perform other interesting math in order to look like they’re giving you the cheapest rate for electricity.
For example, in 2012, Hawaii residents had the highest average residential electricity rate in the United States (37.34¢/kWh), while Louisiana residents had the lowest average residential electricity costs (8.37¢/kWh). Even in the contiguous United States the gap is significant, with New York residents having the highest average residential electricity rates in the lower 48 U.S. states (17.62¢/kWh).[6]
Besides being the number one electrical contractor in St. Louis, we offer our customers a wide array of Value Added Services that are in addition to the services Sachs is best known for. Through partnerships with the trades, construction managers/consulting engineers and owners, we assist in the development of budgets, scope of work, and specification reviews to assure project constructability on time and within budget.

You could knock hundreds of dollars off your bill over the course of a year if you stick to the conditions of the discount. Most energy companies will provide some kind of discount for things like paying your bills on time, by direct debit, or for receiving communications via email. However, make sure you understand the details of any discounts, including whether it is a discount off your entire bill, or just usage or supply charges.


In early 1882, Edison opened the world’s first steam-powered electricity generating station at Holborn Viaduct in London, where he had entered into an agreement with the City Corporation for a period of three months to provide street lighting. In time he had supplied a number of local consumers with electric light. The method of supply was direct current (DC).
If your fridge was made before 2001, it’s using at least 40 percent more electricity than new Energy Star models. If you’re replacing your fridge, buy an Energy Star model and recycle your old one. Don’t hook up the old one in the basement or garage—an inefficient refrigerator costs as much as $280 a year in electricity. Any money you save buying food in bulk and storing it in an inefficient second fridge is lost in electric costs.
When you have a choice between using the microwave or an electric stove, always use the microwave, which can consume as much as 90 percent less energy. For example, it takes 18 times the electricity to bake a potato in a regular oven than in a microwave, according to the Edison Electric Institute. If you don't like to microwave, consider using a toaster oven for baking or roasting small items. Incidentally, a convection oven speeds cooking by about 35 percent (reducing the amount of electricity used) by using a small fan. Looking to skip the oven altogether? Check out our favorite no-bake summer desserts.
When washing clothes, run the spin cycle a second time. This makes sure all the excess water is out of the clothes. I’m not too worried about the allergens of of air-drying, but I don’t like the stiffness it creates. If you line-dry and then when they are done put them in the dryer for 10-15 mins, it softens them up. This would probably work with the allergens too.
If you let that contract expiration slide without acknowledging the renewal offer or enrolling in a different plan, you will be enrolled in what is called a “default product” and these typically have much higher rates than your previous plan. It’s generally a variable rate, month-to-month plan and you will be surprised with a very unpleasant electricity bill. This is standard industry practice and happens with any electricity plan regardless of the initial contract term.
Finally, use a good detergent. You might not think this matters much, but some detergents actually do a better job of getting stubborn food off of your dishes. I've tested many and, in my personal experience, Quantum Finish and Miele are most effective (though Quantum Finish almost always costs less). Both clean aggressively without the harsh effects (and ultimately damage) caused by some soaps.
Whether you’re considering time-of-use plans or not, going solar will help you save money on electricity. The EnergySage Solar Marketplace makes it as easy as possible to compare solar pricing from a variety of installers in your local market. Alternatively, if you want to start investigating solar with some estimates of what it may cost and save you in electricity bills overtime, check out our Solar Calculator.
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