Troubleshooting Electrical Problems

After we moved into a house that seemed to have a lot of electrical problems, I had to learn how to troubleshoot things and fast. I learned how to flip the switch on my circuit breaker, deal with tripped GFCI outlets, and even how to rewire an outlet with the power off. It was a lot of work, but I was able to save a lot of money on professional services. However, after trying in vain to fix my circuit breaker on my own, I realized that I needed some help from an expert. A professional came out, took apart my panel and fixed everything. This blog is all about troubleshooting electrical issues and when to call a pro.

5 Summer Tips To Cut Electrical Cooling Costs At Home

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Along with the dog days of summer will come the high expense of keeping your home cool and comfortable in spite of the seasonal temperatures. Even though you may be thankful for that burst of cool air you get when you step inside your house in the summer, there is no question you will be dreading those high energy bills that come along with the change in the weather. If you want to keep your electrical cooling costs as low as possible over the summer, there are five simple tips to keep in mind that will help you save.

1. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures at night. 

In some homes, the heat from the day gets trapped indoors. When nighttime rolls around, you may find that it is cooler outside than it is inside. If this sounds like your home, take advantage of the cooler nighttime temperatures by opening up your windows and turning off the air conditioner. Not only will you give your cooling unit a much-needed break, but you will save money as well.

2. Raise your thermostat by a few degrees. 

Just raising your thermostat by a few degrees can save you a bundle on your cooling bill, and most people will never notice that your home is a degree or two warmer than usual. If you can't make the sacrifice of a few degrees in the day, try doing so at night while you and the rest of the family are asleep and less likely to notice.

3. Keep cool air circulated. 

Just keeping the cool air that is already in the house circulating will actually help your home feel cooler than what it actually is. Make use of ceiling fans and other portable fans to keep the air inside your house in motion to make it seem cooler than what it is.

4. Seal off rooms and spaces that don't have to be cooled.

Your home is filled with space that really has no reason to be climate controlled, such as closets, attics, and even guest rooms that are not in use. Block off these areas by closing off vents in the space or keeping doors closed to cut your home cooling costs.

5. Keep the sunlight from streaming through windows and doors. 

Just the sunlight alone streaming through windows and doors can make it harder to keep your home cool. Therefore, to cut your cooling costs in the summer, keep those blinds closed and curtains drawn to ward off the hot sunlight.

For more information on how you can save on electrical costs, contact a professional like those at Palmer Electric Inc.  

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17 April 2016