If you suddenly get a higher-than-usual electricity bill, the first thing to do is ask your energy supplier in case they have committed some mistakes in computing your energy consumption. If your power company insists it has not made any error, there may be something wrong within your electrical system. Here are the potential culprits behind your high electricity consumption:
Keeping an old wiring system or having insufficient amperage can pose danger to your home. Here are some indications it is time to upgrade your electrical system:
You Live In An Old House
Older homes may be charming and unique, but they are often full of electrical issues because just a few decades ago, families did not have the entertainment centers, extra appliances and all the electronic items we have today which translates to higher electrical loads. When you lose power whenever you run your microwave and coffee maker at the same time, this could be a sign that it is time to upgrade your electrical system.
Figures from the U.S. Fire Administration show that American fire departments respond to about 26,000 residential electrical fires every year, which are responsible for nearly 300 preventable deaths and more than 1,100 injuries. These incidents also cost more than $1 billion in property damage.
Checking your home’s electrical wiring is one of the best ways to prevent these tragedies from happening but how do you know that your house needs rewiring? Here are some of the signs to watch out for:
The cold winter months come with a range of electrical hazards. Being proactive can help ensure the safety of your family. Here are the electric issues that you need to watch out for this season:
Damaged Heating Appliances
Homes use heaters and electrical blankets to combat the cold of the winter but these appliances are also potentially dangerous and faulty, particularly when they have been stored away for a while.