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.

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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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