Have you switched your incandescent light bulbs over to LED lamps? You’ve probably noticed that it’s getting harder to find your favorite incandescent bulb. The reason being that the Energy Independence and Security Act (ESIA) of 2007 was passed to help reduce energy usage. This increased energy efficient standards for all lamps or bulbs. These standards were not implemented overnight. They started by forbidding the manufacturing of “non-compliant” incandescent light bulbs and they can’t be imported either.
Here’s what their plan looked like:
January 2012 – 100 Watt Bulbs Banned
January 2013 – 75 Watt Bulbs Banned
December 2014 – 60 and 40 Watt bulbs Banned
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When I get a call to a homeowners’ location for a problem, it surprises me the things I find in their attic. I’m not talking about Christmas decorations. I am referring to the wire mess that was left behind by another electrical contractor. My last blog post I listed 3 code violations at a particular location. Here are more code violations. Continue reading
When you have a problem, do you call a professional or a handyman? Would you be ashamed if a professional contractor looked into your attic? Is your electrical work legal? Would it pass inspection?
I was recently called to a homeowner’s location for a problem. Her home was recently built. So I was surprised when I entered her attic only to find code violations everywhere. In fact, I found so many that I ran for my camera so I could protect myself and my company from any future liabilities. I want to share with you some of her violations so you can see if they are in your house. Continue reading
Do you dream about building your own energy efficient home? You can if you stay focused. And if part of that focus is to make your home eco-friendly, the rewards can be even more satisfying. There are some specifics you’ll need to keep in mind if you decide to go the eco-friendly route in your house-building efforts.
Your first decision will be to decide how far you want to go in being environmentally friendly. Do you want your home to be 100 percent green or just partially – maybe only 75 or 50 percent? To help answer this question, ask yourself why you want to build an eco-dream home in the first place. Is it because you believe a natural lifestyle is healthier? Do you care about the environment and want to protect it? Do you want to save money while saving the environment? Continue reading
What happens when your lights go out? It seems like the power goes off when you have company or when you are in the shower. Are you searching in the dark for a flashlight? Utility power loss can be caused by many things such as storms, downed transmission lines or a drunk driver hitting a utility power. We’ve gotten so used to the comforts of home that we panic when we lose utility power. A power loss can cost you money. There are a few things you can do as a homeowner.
First, check your neighbors to see if they have utility power. If they do, then your power loss is unique to your house. Has the grid gone down? Are you having brown outs? Did you pay your bill? Continue reading
Energy efficiency can be achieved through several means. One way would be to cut back on energy usage. But how do you know how much energy you are using? As an electrician, I use a meter to test the amount of energy it takes to run your household appliances. But there are other ways to test energy usage in your home. Whether you are concerned about the environment you live in or you just want to save money on your utility bills, you can even do a self-test in your home – a DIY home energy audit. Here’s how.
Grab some pen and paper and take a tour of your own house! Here’s what to look for and some suggestions on how to conduct your audit. Continue reading
If you had a fire at your house, would you know what to do? October is National Fire Prevention Month. It’s a great reminder to be aware of your home, what’s in it, and do you have what you need in case of a fire. Many fire stations offer a free visit to your local fire station and give out helpful tips. It is designed to draw attention to the awareness of safety within your home or business.
Do you use extension cords in your house that runs appliances? Do you run these extension cords under a rug? You never want to overload circuits or extension cords. Do you notice a funny smell coming from that small appliance? Is the plug or cord from that appliance getting really hot? That’s a big problem. These are hints that you have overloaded that circuit and are in danger of causing a fire. If you notice any of these warning signs, Continue reading
What was your last electric bill? Has it gone up since last summer? Where do you get your electricity from – is it your utility company of from alternative energy? Whether you are concerned about the environment, want to save money or both, you are probably looking for ways to reduce your electric bill. Here are some suggestions and tips to reduce your utility bills while shrinking your carbon footprint. Continue reading
Have you ever come home from work to find a puddle on your floor from your central air conditioner? That usually means you have a clogged condensation or drain line. It stopped up with mold and algae and back-flowed into your living area. So what can you do to unstop it?
One method I have used in the past is bleach. I asked one mechanical contractor and he said he is completely against pouring bleach down the condensation or drain pipe. He said it could back up into the coil. I don’t believe that. If it was completely stopped up that might happen. But then the bleach would kill the bacteria that is building up in the drain pipe. After I poured bleach in the drain pipe, I ran water through it to make sure it flows freely. I am cleaning or rinsing out the bleach and whatever it killed. The mechanical contractor still didn’t want to use bleach. Continue reading