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.

4 Ways To Use Passive Designs To Save And Reduce Your Energy Consumption


Passive energy solutions can be a great way to reduce your energy needs and start your journey towards energy freedom.  When you think of passive energy, you may think of heating your home with sunlight or cooling your home with ventilation. There are also ways that passive energy can be used in the electrical design of your home. This can be done with the addition of automation and minimal features for renewable energy. Here are some tips to help add a passive design with automation:

1. Install Light Sensors To Control Various Features In your Home

Natural light from the sun can be a valuable feature in the design of your home, but it can also be a problem when it comes to heat gain. Light sensors can aid in such problems by allowing you to adjust automation for things like window film or treatments that help reduce heat gain. Sensors can also be used to operate lighting in your home, by only turning lights on when the sun goes down or when the light levels get low enough.

2. Add Programmable Controls For Things Like HVAC And Home Lighting

There are a variety of different controls used for features in your home that are becoming standard for HVAC. In addition to the heat and cooling thermostat, programmable controls can also be used for other automation in your home, such as for lighting. You can even have lights that can be controlled and programmed with mobile applications, which can make it easier for you to make your lighting efficient, as well as to adjust it to your needs.

3. Add Solar Energy In Different Forms For Complete Renewable Energy

You may also want to include solar features in the design of your home. These can include solar water heaters and small solar panels. One of the solutions you may want to consider is using small solar panel arrays to power lighting and low-voltage appliances. For lighting, you can even integrate light sensors that can switch from the power grid to panels automatically.

These are some of the options you may want to consider to integrate automation into a passive home design. Doing these improvements can help reduce your energy dependence by making your home more efficient. You can contact a professional residential electrician in your area to get help with the installation of automation and other green energy features for your home.


28 April 2016