Summer Savings on Your Electric Bill

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Tips To Keep Your Bill Down in The Summer

July in Arkansas means burgers on the grill, fireworks at night, and flip-flops by the pool. It also means sky-high electric bills.  The good news is that it doesn’t have to; with a few simple, convenient household changes, you can see big savings on your monthly energy bills. Here are some summer savings tips from Mister Sparky NWA:

Open Every Vent

Save money on your winter electric bill.Some homeowners believe that closing vents can reduce energy consumption by preventing the need to cool or heat a particular room. This is a myth.  Closing vents will actually raise your energy costs.  Opening every vent ensures that your air conditioner won’t struggle to keep your home cool or be kept running after its reached its target temperature.

Go With the Flow

Maintaining the right temperature in your home is often a matter of simple airflow.  When it’s hot, air rises to the highest portions of your house. Standing fans can help circulate the air upwards faster so that the room can be rid of the hot air more easily. This reduces the workload and power consumption of your air conditioner and keeps rooms cooler.

Cool Down Your Dirty Laundry

It’s widely known that washing your clothes in cold water will reduce energy costs.  What’s not as well-known is just how much.  According to LG Electronics, heating the water in the wash drum accounts for about 90% of the energy your machine uses. Your dryer manages to consume even more energy.  If weather and space allow, you may opt to hang-dry your clothes. If this isn’t an option, you can still make your drying more efficient by not overfilling your dryer. If there’s little room for movement in the dryer, the hot air won’t be able to circulate and you may have to run the dryer a second time. Leave at least 25% of the dryer unfilled so there’s room for movement, and even more if you’re drying large bed sheets or blankets.

The Nighttime Is the Right Time

Sometimes saving money is simply a matter of timing.  Most utility companies offer discounts for usage during non-peak hours, usually beginning at 8:00 pm.  If you can time your dishwashing and laundry loads to be done in the evening, you can see significant summer savings in the long run. You can even put suitable appliances on an outlet timer (most cost $10 or less) so that they’ll remember for you.

Throw Cold Water On the Problem

There’s no getting around the fact that dishwashers require a certain amount of heat to adequately clean your pots and pans, but if you watch your wash cycle, you can cut down on hot water use and still have crystal clear dishes. Rinsing agents like Jet Dry will prevent water spots just as easily as hot water, and while washing the dishes might require heat, drying them does not. Most dishwashers allow you to disable the heated-dry stage of the cycle. Air-drying your dishes will produce significant long term summer savings.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Preventing Electrical Hazards In The Home

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Electricity provides us with light, warmth, and music. It allows us to access our favorite television shows and websites. These days, many of us even read on a device powered by electricity. It’s a fundamental part of modern life, but can also pose electrical hazards in your home.

ELECTRICAL FIRES: HOW OFTEN DO THEY OCCUR?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 500 people are killed in house electrical fires each year, and a frightening 51,000 electrical fires occur in general. Even if everyone survives the fire, many families are left out in the cold after their home and all possessions are destroyed. If this sounds like your worst nightmare, rest assured it’s preventable.

 

STAYING SAFE: DO YOU HAVE ELECTRICAL HAZARDS IN THE HOME IN YOUR HOME?

    1. Watch Your Lighting

Never use bulbs that exceed the recommended wattage for any light socket. Most lamps and sockets have labels that recommend a certain wattage, exceeding this wattage creates an electrical hazard. Be mindful when using halogen lamps, which tend to run hotter than other lighting options. When in use, avoid electrical hazards by keeping the area free of flammable materials.

    1. Check Your Sockets

Overloading a socket is never a good thing. Rather than plugging multiple extenders into an outlet to allow more devices, consider talking to an electrician about installing additional sockets. Many older homes were not designed for the modern world. A few decades ago, people didn’t have cell phones, e-readers, laptops, and gaming consoles to find outlets for. Rather than deal with this hassle (and create an electrical hazard), it makes more sense to have an additional outlet installed.

    1. Give it a Feel

If you’re concerned that an outlet might be hazardous, give it a gentle touch with dry hands. If it feels hot, you likely have a problem brewing. Many people don’t realize that electrical wiring wears out over time, much like every other part of your home. The peace of mind can be worth the price when it comes to having modern wiring put in. If you’re worried, consider getting a quote from an electrician.

    1. Deal with Exposed Wiring

Not every home is up to par. If you move into an apartment and find exposed wiring in the sockets, be sure to speak to your landlord right away. This is a fire hazard, and it likely isn’t up to code. If you have exposed wiring in your own home, now is the time to have it taken care of. Make sure all outlets have covers. Not only can exposed wiring lead to house electrical hazard lead to fires, but it can also cause electrocution in children or pets.

 

KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE: NATIONAL ELECTRICAL SAFETY MONTH

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and the team at Mister Sparky Electricians share these ideas to help you keep your home safer. If you’re concerned that your wiring, lighting or electrical devices might be dangerous, please contact us today. With every Mister Sparky appointment, we provide a 28-point safety inspection to help uncover any electrical safety hazard in your home. Our expert electricians will keep you knowledgeable about the current safety status of your house. Schedule your service today at 888-8-SPARKY or just find the link at the top of the website to request service online.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

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Top Tips For Circuit Breakers

Why does my circuit breaker keep tripping? Maybe the breaker is overloaded or you have an outdated panel! Check out Mister Sparky’s top tips to troubleshoot circuit breaker issues.

 

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Power Outage Safety Tips

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Is your home prepared for a power outage? Check out Mister Sparky’s power outage safety tips to keep your home and family safe in case the lights go out.

 

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Electrical Safety For The Big Game!

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Are You Ready For The Big Game?!

Here are some electrical safety tips from Mister Sparky NWA to keep the game day party accident free!

 

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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