Energy use rises during the warmer months. Spring is, therefore, an ideal time to examine electrical usage and find ways to conserve. By getting your electrical system summer ready, you can save on energy bills, not to mention improve reliability and safety. In addition to calling a professional for electrical repairs if you notice flickering lights, power surges, or other serious hazards such as defective wiring, buzzing outlets, or burning odors, consider these following tips:
Upgrade Your Light Bulbs
Changing a light bulb does not require an experienced Los Angeles electrician. If you still have traditional incandescent bulbs at home, replace them with LED light bulbs to save. A 9-watt LED bulb is just as bright as a 60-watt incandescent. However, it uses much less electricity and thus reduces the load on your electrical system. You can replace old burnt-out bulbs one at a time, but it can’t hurt to switch out all your bulbs. In little time, you can have much more efficient lighting inside and outside your home.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner
Air conditioners contribute to a significant portion of home electrical usage, and consume about 5 percent of the electricity produced in the U.S. It might not be hot yet, but you want to start thinking about your air conditioner. Proper maintenance helps reduce the amount of electricity used. Dirty air conditioners must work harder to cool the air, drawing more electricity in the process. Simple maintenance procedures, such as replacing air filters and hosing the outside clean with water, can save electricity and extend the life of your AC.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats let you set the temperature according to when you are at home. For example, you can raise the thermostat during work hours or when you know you won’t be around. The thermostat can be programmed to start lowering the temperature before everyone returns. Similarly, central air conditioners can be set to cool only rooms being used. Vents in unused rooms can be closed to conserve energy.
Ground All Outlets, Appliances, and Outdoor Electrical Connections
Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets wherever an electrical connection may be exposed to moisture or water, including bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and basements. Refrigerators, air conditioners, washers and dryers, and other major appliances should be plugged into grounded outlets. Never use extension cords for these. If you have a pool or hot tub, make sure electrical connections are fully grounded or consult a professional electrician if you’re not sure. A GFCI trips the circuit if the flow of current is out of balance, preventing shocks, burns, and potentially severe injury or death.
Give Your Electrical System a Break
No matter what, you will use more electricity in the summer. If you go away, your electrical meter deserves a break too. Turn off your electric water heater, at the electrical panel, if you plan to be away for more than two days. The air conditioner and refrigerator should be treated the same way. Adjust their thermostats accordingly, so excess electricity isn’t used when no one is at home to need cooler air temperatures and refrigeration.
Get In Touch With a Professional Los Angeles Electrician
Lastly, if you are uncertain or know you need electrical service, contact Express Electrical Services, the best electrician serving all of Southern California. Our technicians have kept Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside County homes and families safe since 1982. Request service online or call us at 855-976-9049 today; our team is available 24/7 for emergencies.