Learning About Residential Electrical CircuitsLearning About Residential Electrical Circuits


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Learning About Residential Electrical Circuits

Hi there, I am Peter Jotel. After I bought my first house, the lights immediately flashed on, then burned out in an instant. I was left in the dark for a few days, waiting for the electrician to squeeze me in. After the electrician arrived, she immediately clicked the button on a hidden outlet and educated me on the different ways to reset the circuit. She also inspected the switches, wiring and outlets to find the cause of the fault. Before she left, she showed me how to turn on and off the breaker switches in case that situation occurred again. At that point, I vowed to learn all I could about residential electrical circuits. I would love to share the information I learned to help you feel secure with your electrical connections. Although I still leave the work to the professionals, it helps to know what's going on.

Tips For Making The Most Of Your Home Electricity

As a homeowner, you need to learn how to harness the power inside of your building, so that you're able to use it to the best of your ability. In terms of electrical power, you must learn to save energy, maintain electrical fixtures and remain safe throughout the course of your use of it. To do this, you will want to follow along with some of these guidelines, which will give you the most beneficial use of your electrical power possible.  

#1: Preserve Your Circuits And Outlets

Without a doubt, your outlets and circuits are the most used electrical fixtures in the home. They have an effect on your every day living situation and all of the appliances that you bring into the home. The first great tip to follow is to use high quality surge protectors. It's better to be safe than sorry, and these surge protectors will shut of the flow of electrical current in the case of emergency, thus protecting your utilities and the appliance receiving the electrical current.

You'll also need to be mindful not not overload any outlets. It's easy to plug in plenty of devices and forget about them, but when your outlets begin running warm or even sparking, it creates tremendous potential for fire hazards and raise the likelihood that you'll experience malfunction. You must also keep your home clean and dust free, because dust builds up and clogs your electrical fixtures, creating serious issues if left unchecked. 

#2: Know When To Hire An Electrician

Though you might be tempted to fix some electrical issues on your own, just know that this can do more harm than good if you are in over your head. One of the best things you can do to this end is subscribe to a service plan with a licensed and certified  electrical contractor. This will allow you to pay a flat fee and receive repairs and maintenance without having to fully come out of pocket for house calls. Even if you don't subscribe to a service plan, you should hire an electrician who can look after you, to prevent electrical problems from getting worse and more expensive. 

#3: Choose Electrical Sources Wisely

Even if you don't watch a lot of television or use entertainment based electrical devices, you most likely burn a lot of energy to light your building. To this end, you should choose energy efficient light bulbs and lighting sources to save money and avoid hazards. You can choose between halogen lights, LEDS and CFLS. These lights are part of new energy standards passed in 2012, and allow you to cut between 20 and 25 percent in energy costs. Make sure that you read the appliances carefully in order to purchase the proper wattage for each appliance, so that you're not wasting heat energy or using the wrong bulb. 

Consider this information and talk to places like S & S Electrical Services Inc so that you're able to use electricity in your home as a benefit, rather than a hindrance.