How Electrical Repairs Can Help You Save

All homeowners know that electrical repairs are expensive, yet necessary. But what if you could optimize your electric repairs to help save you money every month on your electricity bill? Well we’ve got good news because you can! Investing in preventative electrical repairs and upgrades can make your home more energy efficient, saving you and your family money in the long run.

 

Upgrade your light switches

 

Installing dimmers or energy saving light switches can help cut significant costs off your monthly electricity bill. Ceiling lights often provide more light than we need so installing dimmers will not only increase the lifespan of your light bulbs but leaving lights on a low dimmer setting uses less electricity.

 

Appliances

 

Upgrading your appliances to coincide with modern technology can help you save. While new appliances can be expensive, they last longer and require less repairs than older models. Older appliance models use dated technology which means your home is not taking advantage of the latest advancements in energy efficient appliances.

 

Programmable thermostat

 

Manual thermostats work just fine but you are paying for them in your electricity bills. A programmable thermostat regulates when and for how long your home’s HVAC system is running. Manual thermostats need to be turned off and on by hand which means if you forget to turn off your AC system before you leave for work in the morning, you will be paying to heat or cool an empty house. Programmable thermostats eradicate that problem; you are able to set the temperature on a timer to ensure your HVAC system is not working while you are away on vacation, at work or sleeping.

 

Ceiling fans

 

Installing ceiling fans around your home can give your AC unit a well-deserved break during the warmer months. Ceiling fans circulate the air throughout your home at a much lower cost than AC units do. While these fans cannot cool and filter air the way an HVAC system does, it is a more energy efficient way to cool your home. While ceiling fans do use electricity, you will see a noticeable difference in your energy bill once you have them installed.

 

Bundle your electric repairs

 

Appliances breaks, wires fray, life happens, but rarely all at once. Just because all these inconveniences don’t happen at once doesn’t mean you need to have an electrician at your home every few weeks either. Prioritize your repair needs so you only need to pay a repairman’s labor fee once rather than every time something breaks. By bundling your electric repairs and maintenance you save on labor while having all your electrical problems solved in one visit.

 

Regular maintenance repairs

 

While electrical maintenance repairs may seem like an unnecessary cost, waiting until these small repairs become big problems is much more expensive. Investing in correcting the little things around your home can save you from potentially devastating events. Routine check-ups on your home’s electrical system can prevent energy inefficiency, power outages and electrical fires that can result in costly damages.

Your home’s electrical system is instrumental in keeping you and your family comfortable throughout the year, so investing in electrical repairs keeps your home safe and helps save you money. If you are in need of any electrical repairs in Stuart, Florida, call My Electrician now before it’s too late.

Protecting Your Home From Electrical Fires

Electrical fire safety should always be a top priority in your home and the people who live there. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), electrical failures and malfunctions account for 13 percent of home fires, making it the second leading cause of home fires behind negligence. With 18 percent of civilian deaths caused by these types of fires, it is crucial to be aware of the potential hazards in your home and to take the proper precautionary steps.

 

Use extension cords sparingly

If you overload your extension cords you run the risk for starting an electrical fire. You should only use extension cords as a temporary plug, instead of a continuous source of power. When your extension cords are not in use, you should store them in a safe place to prevent damage. Keeping your cords away from pets or heating sources help prevent stretching, chewing or other wire damage that could result in overheating and/or a fire. Additionally, you should replace any cords that appear to have any damage or wiring issues.

 

Don’t overload your outlets

By plugging too many devices into a power outlet you can overwork your electrical system, which could lead to a fire or even mini explosion. To prevent this you should use an energy-saving power strip, but do not plug multiple power strips into the same outlet as that could also result in an electrical fire.

 

Unplug your appliances

The easiest way to protect your home from electrical fires is by unplugging your appliances when they are not in use or when no one is home. Home electrical fires account for approximately $1.4 billion in property damage every year, according to the ESFI (Electrical Safety Foundation International), so by unplugging your appliances you not only prevent power surges but also avoid the hassle of filing a homeowners insurance claim!

 

Keep your outlets and smoke detectors up-to-date

Checking the wiring and shock protectors in your outlets and testing your smoke detectors monthly can be the difference between life and death. Unfortunately fires happen at unexpected moments, and part of fire prevention is making sure your home’s necessary equipment is working properly.

 

Water and electronics do not mix

Water conducts electricity; storing your electronic appliances away from any water source is key in preventing accidental electrocution. For the same reason, you should also always make sure your hands are dry before using any electric appliances, such as a hair dryer or electric blankets.

 

Some other preventative measures you can take against home electrical fires are:

  • Yearly whole-home electrical system inspections
  • Don’t place extension cords or wiring under rugs
  • Use weatherproof electrical devices when outside
  • Match light bulb to the recommended light fixture wattage
  • Install electric socket protectors in homes with small children or pets

Home electric system problems are one of the most common causes of home structural fires every year. In order to keep your home and loved ones safe from any dangerous electrical issues, make sure to keep an electrical fire safety checklist. If you have yet to have your home’s electrical system inspected by an electrician in Port St. Lucie this year, schedule an appointment with My Electrician today.

Is All Electricity the Same?

There’s no denying the power of electricity that lies all around us. From air conditioners to cell phones, you can’t escape it! Nature even gives off its own source of electricity that we recognize. Thunderstorms are a part of that natural electrical element. But what is electricity and is it all the same? Here are some answers to that somewhat complicated question.

From Nature to Home

Electricity can take on many forms, from powering on our electronics to that striking lightning bolt in the sky. Electricity flows through lit up LEDs and communication devices all over the world. It’s a flow of electric charge that contains hundreds of chemical elements such as oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen among others, created by atoms. They are invisible to the naked eye, and full of microscopic elements. But where there is fascination, there is also danger that comes with electricity. When electricity is created, it can escape and become a free electron that moves about, discharged where necessary. This is where electricity comes in. These flowing charges are positive or negative, hence what you see when you put the battery in your television remote controller or in a toy for your child. These charges require carriers such as these electronic devices in order to make them active.

Exploring the Different Kinds of Electricity

The two kinds of electricity are what makes electricity differ. These two forms are important to understand in order to identify the relevant forms of electricity you are dealing with. Current electricity is much more common as it works with electronics whereas static electricity builds up on material, for example, when rubbing two balloons together.

Static Electricity

If there are opposite charges on the objects that are separated by an insulator that’s where static electricity comes in. The static or “at rest” electricity occurs only when two groups of the opposite charge find a path within each other and balance themselves. A static discharge occurs when the charges find means of equalizing. The attraction between the charges become so great that it can flow through insulators such as glass, plastic and more when they are activated. Depending on where the electrical charge is coming from, these static discharges can be hazardous when traveling from surface to surface.

Our Current

Current electricity makes up the electronic charge and remains dynamic because they were always moving. This is one of the most basic forms of electricity you will probably encounter. Circuits are a form of current electricity that is a consistent loop of conductive material. These circuits container of mix of wire and other components that instigate the flow of electricity and cannot work when gaps are formed.

It’s important to know and understand the types of electricity you deal with on a daily basis. More importantly, you need an electrician who understands the ins and outs of electricity and who can offer efficient energy service. My Electrician has served Vero Beach, The Palm Beaches, and The Treasure Coast for over 20 years. Each electrician is licensed and certified to maintenance your electrical needs 24/7. From repair and troubleshooting to upgrades and more, you can trust their experienced team to meet your home or business electrical needs. Contact them any time for more info today!

12 Dangers of Christmas

Learn from the mistakes of the naughty Christmas elf as you and your loved ones celebrate the holiday season.

While the holidays are a characteristically joyous time of year, they can also be hazardous if simple safety precautions aren’t followed. Learn from the mistakes of the naughty Christmas elf as you and your loved ones celebrate the holiday season.

  • Do not use electronic near water
  • Never sleep with electronics under your pillow
  • Keep batteries safely stored in their packaging they can be deadly if swallowed
  • Do not leave space heaters unattended when in use
  • Keep decorations at least 3 feet away from any open flame
  • Never play with fire
  • Do not run cords under carpets, rugs, furniture, or out of windows
  • Do not overload outlets
  • Sometimes less is more be careful not to over decorate
  • Always turn off decorations when you’re sleeping or leaving your home
  • Inspect all decorations and discard any that are damaged or worn
  • Keep your natural Christmas tree hydrated and water it daily

Holiday Decorating Safety

Very few things are as unique to the winter holiday season as the custom of decorating your home and yard.

Findings from a 2013 ESFI consumer survey indicate that more than 86% of Americans decorate their homes as part of their winter holiday celebrations. Almost two-thirds of respondents use electric lights in their indoor decorating scheme, while more than half use lighted decorations outside their homes. More than 60% of those who decorate their homes for the holiday utilize at least one extension cord.

While holiday lighting and electrical decorations do contribute to the splendor of the season, they can also significantly increase the risk fires and electrical injuries if not used safely. Given these safety hazards, it is crucial that safety is a foremost concern.

My Electrician provides these resources to help you prevent serious electrical and fire hazards while decorating your home and yard this season:

  • Holiday Safety Short Video – Over-decorating the home can lead to disastrous consequences as shown by this entertaining short video.
  • Buyer’s Guide: Purchasing Tip Sheet – Give your loved ones and yourself the gift of safety. If you plan to add to or replace some of your holiday decorations this season, follow this tip sheet to be sure you purchase safe electrical products.
  • Christmas Tree Safety Tips – Follow these basic safety guidelines to help prevent electrical and fire hazards related to the use of Christmas trees. Also view our handy Christmas Tree Safety Infographic!
  • Candle Safety Tips – Candles start almost half of all home decoration fires. Minimize your risk with these candle safety tips from ESFI.
  • Connect to Safety: Cord Safety Tip Sheet – Cords of all kinds need to be properly inspected, used and stored to reduce your risk of a fire. Follow these tips to help you keep cords out of sight but also safely on your mind.
  • Childproof Decorating Tips – ESFI recommends taking the following safety precautions to ensure that this special time of year does not result in a decoration-related tragedy.
  • The Right Light: Holiday Lighting Safety Tips – When planning and implementing your lighting design, keep these holiday lighting safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of property damage, injury or death.
  • Prepare with Care: Pre Holiday Tips – Planning and preparation is essential to reducing your stress during the holiday season. While we can’t help you manage your budgets, guests, and travel arrangements, we can help you plan and arrange for safe holiday decorations.
  • Indoor Lights and Electrical Decor Safety Tips – While decorative lights and other electrical decorations add to the splendor of the season, they can increase the risks of fire and electrical injuries if not used safely.
  • Outdoor Decoration Safety Tips – Take steps to protect your home and family from electrical and fire hazards related to outdoor holiday decorations with these quick tips from ESFI.
    Wrapping Up the Holidays – Start the New Year off right and get a head start for next holiday season with these important post-holiday safety tips.

Fall Safety Tips

My Electrician  reminds you to keep electrical safety in mind as the cooler fall weather moves many activities back indoors. The following safety tips will help you stay safe during the change of seasons:

  • Safely store warm weather tools like lawn mowers and trimmers. Check cold weather tools, such as leaf and snow blowers, along with their power cords, for unusual wear and tear. Repair or replace worn tools or parts right away.
  • Unplug and safely store battery chargers that won’t be in use again until spring.
  • Use only weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture. Make sure electrical equipment that has been wet is inspected and reconditioned by a certified repair dealer.
  • Keep dry leaves swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.
  • Make sure electric blankets are in good repair and certified by an independent testing lab such as UL, CSA or ETL. Power cords should not be frayed, cracked or cut.
  • Do not tuck your electric blanket under mattresses or children, and do not put anything, such as comforters or bedspreads, on top of the blanket while it is in use.
  • Never allow pets to sleep on an electric blanket.

Fall Safety

Do It Yourself Electrical Safety – Each year, thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents, electrocution in their own homes.

Power Tools – According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are nearly 400 electrocutions in the United States each year.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters – Learn all about these life saving devices!

Heating Pads / Electric Blankets Safety – Heating pads and electric blankets cause almost 500 fires each year.