We rely on electricity practically every moment of every day. We use it when we set our alarm clocks, cook our breakfast, communicate with coworkers and, finally, relax with Netflix once we get home. Therefore, you should take care of your new home’s electrical system like your life depends on it — because it does!
Luckily, the professionals at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of any serious electrical repairs or maintenance needs. However, between service appointments, there are plenty of electrical tips you can follow to keep your power running safely and efficiently.
Electrical Safety Tips
Pull The Plug, Not The Cord
When you’re far away from an outlet and want to unplug something, it’s tempting to simply tug on the nearby cord. Unfortunately, this can hurt you, your outlet or both. On rare occasions, the cord can separate from the plug, leading to a dangerous spark. The small amount of time you save isn’t worth the risk.
Use Multi-Outlet Converters
If you tend to use lots of appliances in one area of your home, it’s time to get a multi-outlet converter. These power strips allow you to safely use multiple electronics without overloading the average outlet. Additionally, multi-outlet converters let you power down multiple electronics at once, meaning you won’t be wasting energy.
Protect Young Children
If you have toddlers running around, it’s important to take extra precautions. Keep wires off the floors and out of reach. You should also place plastic inserts into any unused outlets to block wandering fingers.
Invest In Whole-Home Surge Protection
Surprisingly, our homes endure about 20 power surges a day. A particularly powerful surge can damage electrical devices in every room, robbing us of the tools we need for day-to-day living. A whole-home surge protector can help prevent these sudden destructive spikes of electricity.
Buy A Fire Extinguisher
Though it’s scary to imagine you’ll need one, you should always have a fire extinguisher somewhere in your home. Preferably, it should be stored in an easily accessible spot, meaning you can reach it in case faulty wiring leads to flames.
Keep Your Home Dehumidified
Once you’ve taken care of the electrical safety basics, you can start thinking about saving money. Eliminating excess humidity — which can mess with your fire alarm, lighting fixtures and other appliances — is one of the easiest ways to prevent electrical device damage. Undamaged devices mean less money spent on costly replacements. Check your indoor air quality and make sure your home is equipped with dehumidifiers.
Paint Your Walls A Light Color
Believe it or not, the color of your walls can significantly impact your electricity bills. Paler colors better reflect natural light, meaning you won’t need to rely on indoor lighting during the day. When you flip on your lamps less, you pay less. Therefore, if you want to freshen up your new home’s walls, opt for lighter shades.
Use LED Lights
LED lights can consume up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. Why not do something good for both the environment and your wallet by switching to LEDs?
Unplug Unused Devices
It may seem obvious, but it’s important to unplug devices when they aren’t being used. The cost of leaving a fully charged rotating toothbrush, unused toaster oven and overlooked electric clock plugged in adds up. For this reason, remove inactive devices from your outlets (grabbing by the plug, of course).
Find a Team For Berwick Electrical Services
Now that you’ve moved to the Berwick area, you’ll need to find a dedicated team of electrical professionals. The technicians at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning are equipped to solve any electrical issues your new home throws your way.
Request a service appointment to check in on your electrical system today.