Electric City

Power cord

Staying Connected

Like Radish, a lot of us depend on mobile devices for work and play. Fortunately it doesn’t cost a lot of money to power them. It takes about $0.03 in electricity to fully charge a smartphone, tablet and laptop combined. Compared to spending $5 on a slice of pizza and soda, that’s a pretty good deal. Just be aware of phantom power. Many devices use electricity even when turned off. Unplugging equipment or using a power strip to turn off several devices at once can save $60-120 a year in phantom power.

Rashad working on computer

LED Lights, Camera, Action

Filmmakers used energy-efficient LEDs to light the studio scene in Electric City. LEDs can produce many different colors. As Radish changes course to finish his design, the LED lighting changes with him, going from a cold blue to a golden glow. LEDs can do other cool things besides change color. They save energy, money and can last as long as 25,000 hours. Right now you can save up to $4.00 in-store on ENERGY STAR®-certified LED bulbs with lighting discounts from Focus on Energy.

Bed in sunlight

Beat the Heat

When the mercury rises, air conditioning can be your biggest expense. But don’t sweat it! With the right mix of cooling, you can save all summer long. If you use an air conditioner, set your thermostat at 78°F or higher. Set it to 85°F when no one is home. Using a programmable or smart thermostat can save between 20 and 60 cents per hour. For room air conditioners, use a timer and save 10 to 20 cents per hour. You’ll save even more if you forego air conditioners altogether and use fans instead. MGE has plenty more warm weather tips, for both homeowners and renters.

Rashads hands mixing music

About the DJ

Radish is a Madison-based graphic designer and music producer/DJ. For Electric City, he provided original music and design, including this awesome piece.