As winter approaches, you’ll hear a lot of advice about winterizing. Some things need to be cleaned and covered, other items should be brought indoors. Outdoor lighting fixtures are no exception. Get ready for chilly weather and long nights by making sure your outdoor lighting is safe, protected, and ready to do its job all winter long.
Faulty electrical wiring accounts for about 25,000 house fires every year nationwide, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Add in the fires started by problems with space heaters and other appliances, and there are about 85,000 residential electrical fires annually.
When a breaker trips repeatedly, resetting it could be more than a nuisance. Breakers trip to inform you that something’s wrong. Before you flip that switch one more time, try to figure out whether overheating, short circuiting, or bad wiring may be to blame.
People often talk about where electricity comes from, referring to the source fuel that supplies the power. There’s much that can be said about natural gas, oil, coal, nuclear, wind, solar, and hydropower energy.
Everyone would like to use less energy, whether you’re concerned about the planet or just trying to shrink the utility bill. Some ways to lower energy costs come with a steep price tag upfront, such as state-of-the-art EnergyStar appliances or a new “cool roof.”
When an electrical outlet seems to have suddenly died, hope is not lost. Before you pick up the phone or pull out your toolbox, there are some very simple steps you can take to troubleshoot a dead outlet.
There’s never a good time for a plug to fall out of an electrical outlet. Whether it’s a cell phone charging overnight or an appliance you’re using to make dinner, you want a plug to stay snug in place. You’ll want to replace the loose outlet, but thankfully this is just a moderate DIY project or a quick house call from the electrician.
Home buyers often work with whatever inspector comes recommended by their real estate agent. You may want to hire a specialist to inspect each of the critical areas of a home inspection—electrical, plumbing, major appliances, foundation, structural integrity, and more.
Most people judge their prospective electrician based on two big factors: price and friendliness. We think that fair rates and a positive attitude should be a given. It’s also important to know that your electrician has the right skills and experience for the job, because no two electricians are exactly the same.
Everyone depends on their home's electricity - without it, nothing would function. You wouldn't have any light, you wouldn't be able to cool or heat your home, you wouldn't be able to use many of your appliances and, worst of all, you wouldn't be able to watch any TV!
Your home's electrical outlets are probably not one of the features that you pay much attention to. However, if you take a closer look at the electrical outlets in your bathroom, you may find a "test" and "reset" button that you didn't see before.
Almost all new homes use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) for their electrical outlets. GFCI outlets help prevent potentially fatal accidents from occurring in the event that water seeps into the outlet or the electrical device that's plugged in gets wet.
If you have a baby in your home or are expecting a baby, then you'll quickly realize that your house could easily be turned into a death trap if it's not babyproofed properly.
Investing in solar lights can be incredibly beneficial. Not only will you be reducing your environmental footprint, but the use of solar lights can greatly reduce your monthly energy costs - to the point where they can eventually pay for themselves.
If you unplug something from one of your electrical outlets and you see a spark, it's understandable that you might be a little worried. In some cases, a small spark is not out of the ordinary and is nothing to worry about.
If you have children, then childproofing your home is most likely a big priority for you. And if it's not - it certainly should be! One of the main areas of focus when it comes childproofing your home should be your outlets.
Most electrical outlets are located near the ground, which means that children can easily access them. The last thing you want is for a child to fool around with an outlet as it can result in a severe injury - or even a death.
When it comes to choosing light bulbs for your home or business, don't just pick anything. Lighting has a bigger impact on your environment than you might think. Not only are some lights more efficient than other (meaning that energy costs will vary), the light itself varies in quality depending on what bulbs you choose.
The weather around the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia area is finally starting to cool off a bit as we head from summer into fall. As the temperatures begin dropping, you're going to begin depending more on electric appliances and the systems they control.
Nobody likes dealing with a power outage, which is why investing in a standby generator is great way to avoid having to do so. However, you might balk at the cost of investing in a standby generator. Before you decide that spending a few hours or a few days in the dark isn't a big enough deal to warrant the price of a standby generator, the consider the following benefits of having a standby generator in your home:
Electricity is dangerous, but as we all know, it's a necessity. However, because it is dangerous, there are a number of safety measures to help reduce the risk of things like electrical fires and electric shock. For example, fuses are meant to prevent electrical fires from occurring. But you may want to add extra protection to your home through the use of GFCI outlets.
Seeing as how your outlets are used to run electricity through your home and into your appliances and electronic devices, the last thing you want to deal with is a problem with your outlet that could cause damage or injury. For example, when your outlet becomes hot to the touch.
The summer is a season almost everyone looks forward to - after all, who doesn't love the warm temperatures that summer brings? Hanging by the pool, summer cookouts, and barbeques bring family and friends together. However, safety should still be your priority. If you don't want to ruin your summer fun due to the lack of electrical safety in your home, we’ve put together a list of summer electrical safety tips to follow:
Almost every home has a microwave. Newer homes come with microwaves pre-installed, commonly found above the stove top. However, older homes, rental properties, or apartments often require you to purchase a microwave and plug it into a kitchen outlet—an outlet that may not be wired to handle the electrical capacity you demand.
Every once in a while when you turn a light switch on or off, you might see a spark. It's understandable if you're a little bit concerned and thinking, "Why is my light switch sparking?" After all, electrical components can cause serious injuries if they aren't functioning properly.
The purpose of your property's circuit breaker is to help protect electrical circuits from overheating and causing damage, such as an electrical fire.
The electrical panel is an essential part of your home. It helps to safely provide electricity throughout your house in order to power your appliances and electronics.
The types of light bulbs that you choose for your home or business matters more than you think. Not only do different light bulbs vary in the quality of the light that they provide, but they have a big impact on your energy usage as well.
Electrical wiring problems in the home can not only cause functional issues with your lighting or electronics, but can also be a real safety hazard as well. A wiring problem could cause an electric shock or could result in the outbreak of a fire if it's not repaired as soon as it is discovered.
Hearing your lights buzzing whenever you turn them on can be extremely irritating, whether it's a loud buzzing or a low hum. It can occur no matter what type of light bulbs you are using, whether you've got incandescent bulbs or LED bulbs. Buzzing can be caused by electrical shorts or loose fixtures. While you can fix loose fixtures yourself, electrical shorts should only be repaired by professionals.
When you plug an electrical appliance into one of your outlets, you may see a tiny spark. This can be normal since power is being suddenly diverted to your appliance. However, if you notice big and regular sparks coming from your outlet, then you have a serious problem.
The kitchen area isn't a space that gets a lot of love when it comes to interior design. Sure, homeowners put a lot of thought into the appliances and maybe the style of countertops and cabinets, but there's more to the kitchen than just these elements. For example, the lighting.
House lights that flickers on and off, especially one that does so at a rapid pace, can be quite annoying. It's also something that you won't want to ignore. While it could mean that your light bulb...
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