Turn Off the Lights
Save 2%*Be mindful about shutting lights off when you leave a room – this is one of the easiest ways to cut your electricity use. Piper Electric Co. Inc. can help you replace your old light bulbs with LEDs to save even more energy.
Install Ceiling Fans
Save 19% Ceiling fans can help keep you cool in the summer while your AC works less. Piper Electric has great Ceiling Fan installation coupons. (Ceiling fans also offer energy savings on heating in the winter.)
Refrigerators = Energy Hogs
Save 4% The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy-users in your home, and if it was built before 1993, it’s a huge energy hog. Be sure to keep the coils clean, and remember the more full it is the better a refrigerator runs! Always purchase Energy Star rated appliances.
Wash Clothes in Cold, Let Them Air Dry
Save 9% Washing clothes in cold water gets them just as clean as hot, and cuts your washer’s energy use in half. Drying your clothes outside can also save energy!
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Save 10% nearly half of US homes already have a programmable thermostat. These can conserve energy year round.
Keep Blinds and Curtains Closed
By trying to keep out the heat you can enjoy significant savings on your home cooling costs.
“Eliminate Phantom Load”
Save 5% Many electronics still suck energy even when they’re turned off–such as powering your computer monitor when it’s not in use. Unplug your electronics or plug them into a power strip and switch it off to save on this “phantom load.”
Denver Electrician Piper Electric Co. can help with your home’s electric needs, call 303-422-9219 today.
* Approximate energy savings based on the average home using 11,000 kWh electricity and 19,000 cubic feet of natural gas per year.
Taken in part from GreenAmerica.org
29 Aug 2014
Sometimes the smallest residential electrical issue can be a big headache. When outlets trip, for example, there are generally several electrical devices or appliances being used in one electrical zone. Then POP! No more power.
GFCIs May Be to Blame
Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are outlets that trip themselves when they detect certain problems. They are designed to prevent electrical shock and other potential dangerous accidents, which is why they are required in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, outdoor areas, and unfinished areas .
Aluminum wiring is common today and can be perfectly safe when installed and terminated correctly. The transmission lines passing overhead as you drive and those coming into your home are often aluminum, for example. But many older homes have aluminum wiring that was through time has become unsafe which can create a potential fire hazard. Keep an eye out for any warning signs that may indicate that your home has aluminum wiring issues.
Indicators of Aluminum Wiring Issues
There are a number of electrical red flags that could indicate an aluminum wiring problem. Make sure you call an electrician if you see: