We’d all like to do our part to conserve energy, but many of us aren’t quite sure where to begin. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to maximize your home’s energy eﬃciency and lower your monthly electric and gas bills.
There are plenty of home improvement projects you can tackle by yourself, such as painting a room or installing some backyard landscaping. These are mostly cosmetic endeavors where an error or two is easily remedied. But when the work requires permits and technical expertise, it’s probably wise to hire an experienced licensed contractor. JM Mullen believes that unless you have a degree in Electrical Engineering, electrical work is one of those things that’s best left to a professional.
Let’s be honest—most people have little electrical experience beyond changing a light bulb. Extensive electrical work is complicated, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Licensed electricians have been thoroughly trained in all aspects of electrical circuitry and are licensed in their trade. When required, our larger jobs are fully permitted, which means that our work is inspected to verify that it meets current building codes. We guarantee the quality of our work and stand behind everything we do.
While you may think you can save money by attempting your own electrical work, chances are that as a novice you’ll make a mistake somewhere along the way. Once you think you’re all done, and the drywall has been repaired, you don’t want to discover that an GFI outlet isn’t working, or a ceiling ﬁxture is ﬂickering. Undoing and redoing everything will be an ordeal, and you’ll probably need to hire an electrician anyway to get the job done right. In the long run, hiring a professional right from the start will save you both time and money.
Unlike many other projects, electrical work is inherently dangerous. It carries with it the risk of electrocution and death if performed without the necessary safety precautions. Homes typically have up to 200 amps of power ﬂowing into their service panels, which can seriously injure or kill a person. The electricians at JM Mullen have been extensively trained on how to make your home safe, and how to ensure their own safety while working on your electrical system.
Have you noticed changes in your home? Do your lights flicker when you turn on the dishwasher or plug in a hair dryer? Do you find yourself using more and more extension cords? Are switches and outlets becoming overheated? While it could be easy to overlook seemingly minor problems, they might actually indicate that it’s time to call an expert. Here are some things you should know.
Older appliances can last for many years, sometimes even decades, if they are well-maintained along the way. In the long run, however, hanging on to those outdated appliances may not be the most cost-eﬀective strategy.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical fires aﬀect approximately 34,000 homes each year. Older homes built before the 1950s are particularly vulnerable due to less stringent wiring standards and electrical codes.
Do you have a new business idea in the works? A lot of effort goes into starting a new company, from advertising, to supplying the products and services, and in some cases, to selecting a brick-and-mortar location. If you’re looking to start from the ground up or renovate an already-existing building, you’ll need electric services to get your business up and running smoothly. Another important thing to consider is how you can be energy-conscious in the meantime.
Today many pet owners opt to install an invisible electric fence to keep their pets from straying instead of erecting a wood, metal or other type of fence and gate. There are a number of reasons for this. For example, some people believe that an unencumbered lawn is more aesthetically pleasing. Others have found that other types of fences can be penetrated by their pets after numerous attempts.
Most people have experienced some type of minor fire outbreak inside or outside the home. Fires can be ignited from a variety of problems such as dry brush that catches fire from a simple machine spark or an overheating frying pan that flames up on a gas range. Research confirms that 7% of the fires in a home begin from an electrical source which is usually harder to identify and as a result are often more dangerous and destructive.
Probably most homeowners, especially those with older homes, have experienced the phenomenon of flickering lights. If you do not need new light bulbs – and that would be the first question you would want to answer – then there are other issues you can look into yourself before calling a specialist with an electrical services company. Here are several reasons why the lights might flicker.
Have a toddler or two crawling around? No question children are one of the greatest gifts in life but the responsibility for keeping them safe can be daunting. Their curiosity is only matched by their ability to get into everything. There are a number of suggestions new parents should take to heart when childproofing your home against electric accidents.