Tip 1: Use a programmable thermostat when you run the air conditioner or heater in your home.
This will help you avoid considerable energy wastage that occurs when the house is unoccupied, or during the night time. Avoid setting the thermostat too high or too low. The temperature is regulated after some time and this can save you money, while maintaining the same level of comfort.
Tip 2: Use Alternate Cooling Options
In place of the air conditioner, you can use an electric fan. Only use the air conditioner when it is so hot that running the fan only circulates hot air around. You can also use ice cubes, cool water and wet packs to cool yourself down.
Tip 3: Use Fluorescent Bulbs
Using fluorescent bulbs can save a sizable amount of money on lighting. These bulbs cost considerably more than standard light bulbs, but you will be thankful for the investment when you receive your electric bill. Fluorescent bulbs also last much longer than standard bulbs.
Tip 4: Replace Old Appliances with Energy Efficient Ones
Energy efficient appliances can take away a sizable chunk off your electric bill. However, it may not be economically feasible to replace all your appliances with energy efficient ones right away. But, it is always a good idea to look around and get an idea of the best brands. When it is time to replace an appliance, you will not have to spend as much time searching.
Tip 5: Minimize Use of Hot Water
Make sure you have low flow faucets and shower-heads. This will minimize wastage of water. Avoid using hot water for washing dishes and clothes.
Tip 6: Use the Dishwasher when it is Fully Loaded
Running the dishwasher consumes a lot of energy, so it is best to run it only when it is fully loaded. Avoid using heating options, and try to air dry the dishes.
Tip 7: Minimize Stand-by Power Wastage
Unplug appliances such as televisions, DVD players and computers when they are not in use. Such appliances consume a small amount of energy even when they are switched off and plugged in.
Tip 8: Look at Energy-efficient Options for Washing and Drying
Use cold water for washing clothes. In addition to saving energy, it will also keep your clothes in good condition. Use a clothesline to dry clothes outdoors when weather permits. Otherwise, use an unoccupied area indoors to dry clothes.
Tip 9: Switch off Appliances That are Not in Use
Every time you leave a room, ensure that you have turned off the lights, fans and electrical appliances. If you have kids at home, check every room once in a while to ensure that all unused appliances have been turned off.
Tip 10: Have Your Meter Checked Regularly
Even if you are very stringent about your electricity use, a faulty meter can cost you hundreds of dollars in excess of what you owe the electric company. To avoid such a situation, have the electric company check your meter once in awhile.
You never know when an emergency can happen and you will need back-up generated power. The question is whether or not you are prepared. Many times generators are not used regularly, so they can need maintenance and you may not be as familiar with yours as you should.
Here are some safety tips for you to use as a checklist when firing up your generator and for general maintenance.
- Read and follow all manufacturer operating instructions.
- Make sure the generator is properly grounded.
- Never plug a portable electric generator into a wall outlet or connect directly to a home’s wiring. This can energize utility power lines and injure you or others working nearby. Electrical back feed also can damage the generator and home electrical equipment.
- Don’t overload the generator and plug in more appliances than the generator is rated to handle.
- Use shop-type electrical cords designed for heavier outdoor use to connect appliances. Many generators are equipped with twist-lock connects to reduce accidental disconnections due to vibrations.
- Always keep the generator outside in a dry, protected area, away from windows or air intakes where deadly exhaust fumes can enter living spaces.
- Turn off generator and allow cooling before refueling.
- Before shutting down a generator, turn off and unplug all appliances and equipment being powered by the generator.
For information about how to solve these problems in your home contact JL’s Electric at 918-272-5542.
Many house fires can be traced to one major issue.
More than 40,000 fires are attributed to faulty home electrical wiring. One of the major causes of fire are the arcing faults, causing high temperatures that can propel fire on different materials such as wood, paper and flooring material.
This type of problem occurs mostly in damaged or defective wires. Defective wires can be caused by picture hanging, poorly installed outlets, or puncturing of wire insulation.
Solving The Problem AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter):
The AFCI (arc fault circuit interrupter) is a recent electrical device designed to protect against fires caused by arcing faults in the home electrical wiring.
Breakers installed throughout the years only protect from overloads and short circuits; leaving system unprotected by arcing conditions that produce erratic current flow. An AFCI actuates only to selective incidents, so that normal arcs do not cause it to trip. An arc fault circuit interrupter uses unique current sensing circuitry to recognize between normal and unwanted arcing conditions. If an adverse arcing condition is detected, the control circuitry in the arc fault circuit interrupter trips and shuts off the electric current reducing the potential of a fire to occur.
The AFCI should not fail during normal arcing conditions, which can occur when a switch is opened or a plug is pulled from a receptacle. They are designed into conventional circuit breakers combining traditional overload and short-circuit protection with arc fault protection. AFCI circuit breakers have a similar look to a ground fault circuit interrupter, with a test button. Some designs combine GFCI and AFCI protection.
Arc fault circuit interrupter will not eliminate the possibility of arcing faults, but they will reduce the risk of occurrence. Sometimes the initial arc may cause ignition prior to detection and circuit interruption by the AFCI.
The AFCI will also protect the system from overloads and will also provide limited protection for power cords and extension cords.
Should you have AFCI’s Installed?
AFCI’s are required on circuits containing the outlets in bedrooms and limited to new construction only. However, it is a good practice to install them in existing residential units also. Older homes with aging and deteriorating wiring systems can especially benefit from the added protection of AFCIs. AFCIs should also be considered whenever adding or upgrading a panel box while using existing branch circuit conductors.
AFCI breakers should be tested once a month to make sure they are working properly. Just push the reset button and the breaker should trip, then just turn the breaker fully off then back to the on position.
Please call JL’s Electric at 918-272-5542 if you have a question or would like to have AFCI’s installed.
Leviton’s USB Charger/Tamper-Resistant Receptacle offers a ground-breaking 2.1A of charging power and a 15A/125V Tamper-Resistant Receptacle. For the ultimate in convenience, this state-of-the-art device has the capability to charge up to two USB powered electronic devices simultaneously utilizing the USB Ports, leaving the receptacle free for additional power needs. The USB Ports, Type A, 2.0/3.0, are controlled by a smart chip which recognizes and optimizes the charging power of your device.
Engineered for compatibility with the latest technology, the Leviton USB Charger/Tamper-Resistant Receptacle is designed to charge tablets, smart and mobile phones, gaming devices, e-readers, digital cameras and a host of other electronic devices.
This is a great way to save energy and leave more power outlets available in your home or office.