When to Fix-It-Yourself and When to Call an Electrician

Messing with electrical appliances and components is serious business. Hello, my name is George Tanner. I’m a retired electrician. I can’t even begin to tell you how many horror stories I heard over the years of working as an electrician. People who thought they could quickly fix something in their homes but never should have even tried. Some got hurt and others were lucky. My goal here is to provide you with some guidelines as to what electrical malfunctions are easily fixable by nearly any adult, and what you should never attempt on your own. One thing you are going to hear me stress more than once is that electrical components are not to be taken lightly. We protect our children from them; we also have to protect ourselves. I hope you find this blog to be helpful!

Tired Of Wasting Money On Your Electric Bill? 3 Steps To Get Those Costs Under Control

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Summer is in full swing. If you're like most people, you're probably trying to find ways to save money on your electric bill. Old, outdated systems can really put strain on your residential electrical system, which will result in elevated electric bills. Here are three steps you can take to get your energy use under control. 

Change Your Lightbulbs

Take a look at the lightbulbs you're using in your home. If you're still using incandescent lightbulbs, you're probably wasting money. Those old, incandescent lightbulbs not only burn out faster, but they also cost more to use. Switching to compact fluorescent bulbs will provide your home with more light, and cost less to use. Your fluorescent bulbs will also last longer, which means you won't have to replace them as often. Studies show that compact fluorescent bulbs only use about ¼ of the energy that older incandescent bulbs do. The same studies show that they last about 10 times longer too. Contact a local electrician like Midway Electric Inc for more information about how switching your lightbulbs can save money and energy.

Conduct a Home Energy Audit

Another way to ensure that you're not wasting valuable electricity is to conduct a home energy audit. You might be wasting energy in areas of the house that you wouldn't have even considered. While conducting your energy audit, you'll want to pay attention to areas that might require updated equipment.

  • Circuit Breakers – outdated circuit breakers can result in shorts that can damage your wiring
  • Wall sockets – outdated wall sockets waste electricity
  • Outdated Wiring – worn-out wiring can lead to power surges that increase power usage

Upgrade to a New Air Conditioner

If your air conditioner is outdated, it could be wasting electricity and costing you extra money on your utility bills. If your air conditioner is making noises, or has a hard time maintaining the proper temperature in your home, it might be time for a new unit. Modern air conditioner systems are designed to be energy efficient. Studies show that you can save about 20% on your energy bill by upgrading to a new air conditioner.

If your electric bill is out of control, it might be time to upgrade your electrical system and appliances. The simple tips provided here will help you get a handle on your energy usage. For other helpful tips on how to save money on your electric bill, be sure to speak to your electrician.

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22 July 2016