Energy Saver Electrical Service
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Lower Your Electric Bill This Winter

Energy Saver Electrical ServiceCold weather is just around the corner and for many people, it also means higher utility bills. Prepare for the winter weather and put money back in your pocket with these tips.

1. Turn Down Your Thermostat

You may want to simulate summer temperatures during the chilly winter months but cranking your heat up to the 70s and 80s will cost you additional dollars. Take advantage of your cozy sweaters and fuzzy slippers and keep your thermostat at 68 degrees during the hours you’re at home. When you go to bed or while you’re at work, shave off a few more degrees and save even more.

2. Smart Homes

If your home is wired with smart capabilities, take advantage of the scheduling features and let your system automatically raise and lower the temperature around the clock. You can also schedule when lights come on and go off, saving even more money.

3. Energy Star Appliances

The fall is a great time to replace appliances that are past their usefulness and energy efficiency. You can find great deals on appliances just before the holidays when stores are moving out year-old inventory and preparing to bring in appliances with the latest gadgets. Look for appliances that are Energy Star qualified to save the most.

4. Eliminate Drafts

Keep the warm air in your home by checking around doors and windows for drafts. There are a variety of low cost options to keep your house toasty and draft free. Check your electrical outlets as well as doors and windows. You may be surprised to feel cold air seeping in through the receptacles. There’s an easy fix: insulate the outlets.  Foam gaskets are easy to install behind the plate but aren’t the best solution for keeping out cold air. Use a special fire-resistant foam to insulate the area in and around the receptacle.

5. Check and Change

Establish a routine for changing filters on your heating system and having your unit checked to be sure it’s functioning at its peak efficiency. Depending upon your home’s conditions, filters should be changed every one to three months for the best results.

Take a little time to prepare for the coming cold weather and save yourself some money in the process. The experts at JM Mullen Electrical Services can check the various systems in your home to ensure they’re performing properly and saving you money. Call us today to schedule a home checkup.

Home Electric Repair,upgrade
Written by Color Fire

Creative Lighting Fixtures from the Past

If you’re looking for something to put the finishing touch on a redecorated room or freshen up your current look, consider reaching into the past for a unique, vintage light fixture. These fantastic lighting finds add a wow factor to an otherwise ordinary room. Some of these fixtures require updating, but the effort is worth it.

Vintage light fixtures can be found at architectural salvage shops and antique stores. Flea markets and estate sales are also good places to check out and may be less expensive. Speaking of price, depending on what you’re looking for, the cost may be comparable to modern light fixtures or, if you fall in love with a really spectacular piece, thousands of dollars. 

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Electrician Annapolis MD, Electrical Repair
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Preventing Pest Damage to your electrical system

Most everyone has heard the expression that software has “bugs” in it that cause it to malfunction. That expression was coined during the early days of mainframe computers when actual bugs got into the system and damaged delicate electronics.

Bugs and other pests can do the same thing to your\use/, but with a little knowledge and preventative measures, you can keep them from causing real problems. An infestation of mice or rats can be particularly damaging because they gnaw on wires which can start potentially devastating fires. When the weather cools off, all manner of varmints look for warm, sheltered places to hide.

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Electrician Annapolis MD
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Getting Your Pool Ready For Winter

The onset of winter weather is near and it’s time to close up your pool for the season. If you’re a new pool owner, you may think it’s as easy as popping on the cover, but there a few more things to do to keep your pool in tip-top shape during the cold months.

1. Clean your pool. Whenever you put anything away for a long period of time, it’s a good idea to clean it. Remove any leaves, dirt, or other debris to prevent stains on the bottom of the pool. 

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electrician,Electrical Heavy-up
Written by Stu Kushner

Wiring For A Winter Wonderland

The sun may be shining and the temperatures are high, but now is the time to start thinking about winter weather. Cold temperatures bring electrical challenges and it’s better to plan now than get left out in the cold. Read on and see how prepared you are for the coming season.

Quiet as a Mouse

When the weather gets cold, both man and beast look for a warm place. Rodents and other small varmints are attracted to the warmth of your electrical wires. Chewing and nibbling on wires can mean a short lifespan for the furry guests, but it can also put your home in danger. Have a professional come out and check for signs that outdoor creatures are moving into your home. 

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Electrical Heavy-up,electrician
Written by Color Fire

Keep Your Home Warm and Safe

Every year there are tragic stories about home fires that result from improperly used electric heaters. It’s doubly tragic because these fires can be prevented. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, over 50% of all house fires and house fire deaths are caused by electric space heaters that are too close to things that can catch fire. Another cause of heater fires is failure to clean and maintain them. To safely enjoy the added warmth and convenience of a portable electric heater, follow these guidelines.

Keep Your Distance

Most electric heater fires begin because they’re placed too close to things like upholstered furniture, bedding, mattresses, etc. Before using a portable heater, read the manufacturer’s directions. Keep heaters at least three feet away from combustible items and never leave a heater unattended. When you go to bed at night, electric heaters need to be turned off. 

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Charge and Go

Electric cars or hybrids are growing in popularity. In a recent study by AAA, 20% of those surveyed said their next car will be an electric vehicle. Whether your electric vehicle (EV) purchase is next month or next year, it’s a good idea to consider the energy needs required to charge those new wheels at home.

While most electric cars can be plugged into a standard 120-volt outlet, you may need to upgrade your home’s electrical system to accommodate the added electrical load. This is especially a concern if your home is more than 20 years old. Do you have to upgrade your system? It depends. 

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Electrician, Annapolis MD, Electrical Repair
Written by Stu Kushner

When Do-It-Yourself Becomes DON’T Do-It-Yourself

According to the American Housing Survey, homeowners spent a whopping $383 billion on home improvements in 2017. While many projects can be done by homeowners with a little information and access to the right YouTube video, there are jobs that should be left to the experts and that includes most electrical projects. 

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electrician, wiring, residential
Written by Stu Kushner

Only Christmas Tree Lights Should Flicker

Flickering lights can be annoying, but shouldn’t be ignored. It may be as simple as replacing a bulb or tightening a loose fixture. But, it could also be a sign of a more serious electrical problem. Flickering lights can’t be totally eliminated because the power coming into your home from outside fluctuates. However, there are a variety of situations when a simple fix will solve the problem. 

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electrician,Installation, Repair
Written by Color Fire

Swim Safely

It’s the middle of the hottest summer on record, and you decide you’ve had enough. It’s time to get a pool! Before you jump in and enjoy the water, make sure your pool’s electrical wiring is installed and working correctly. There are city and state code requirements for the pool or spa installation. You can’t be too careful when it comes to water and electricity. 

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