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 Simple Ways To Slash Your Home's Electric Heating Bill

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Even though it is easy to appreciate the benefits of enjoying a warm home with the push of a button thanks to your electric heat, it is anything but enjoyable when those big electric bills start rolling in for the winter season. If you want to see a difference in how much energy it takes to keep your home warm, there are a handful of changes that should be made. Here are five simple ways to slash your home's electric heating bill when the colder months of the year roll back around. 

1. Insulate the attic door. - A lot of warm air can escape into the attic if it is not insulated or heated. You may not have the chance to insulate the entire space, but at the least, insulate the gaps around the door or attic entryway. Simply add a layer of rolled insulation over the door or seal off the space with weather stripping for a tighter seal. 

2. Adjust the doors in the house. - As houses settle and age, it is not uncommon for doors to become slightly off kilter in their frames, leaving larger gaps for heated air to slip right out. Check all of the doors in your house to make sure they are still level with their frames and make the necessary adjustments or add weather stripping where it is needed to block cracks and crevices. 

3. Lock your windows. - Just locking your windows when they are closed helps to provide a better seal from the cooler outdoor air in the winter. Go through your house and make sure all windows are locked closed so that tiny gaps are not allowing cold air to slip through. 

4. Install a programmable thermostat. - When you are asleep or not at home, there is no reason for your home to be as warm and cozy. have an electrician install a programmable digital thermostat that allows you better control over your home heat. Some modern thermostats even have WiFi connectivity that allows you to make adjustments using your smartphone. 

5. Keep the area around your registers clear. - Don't make your electric heating system work harder than it must to fill the room with warm air. Keep the areas around vents open and free of furniture or home decor. Even if you have a small space beneath a table or other piece of furniture, the heat will be more easily distributed if there are no obstacles in the way at all.

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25 April 2016