September 3 Newsletter
Are your breakers working properly?
An electrical breaker is a vital part of electricity for a home. Electrical breakers were designed to protect the electrical circuit from damage caused by an overload or short circuits. A breaker automatically detects faults in the electrical current and will break electrical current. Once the irregularity is detected the breaker automatically switches off. Once this happens the breaker simply needs to be manually reset with the flip of a switch. Some breakers will even reset automatically.
An electrical breaker might need to be repaired if it continues to turn off regularly. Common reasons for a breaker to turn off regularly are faulty wiring or malfunctioning internal parts. Blown fuses that occur often can be a sign that a control panel upgrade is needed. One of the most common reasons behind circuit break damage is cold, wet weather or neighborhood power outages. If the electrical load is too much for the breaker to safely handle, a burn out can occur.
Breakers should be fixed immediately if they are damaged. Damaged breakers can result in electrical fires or major damage to electrical control panels inside the home or business. If breakers are behaving suspiciously contact the professional electricians at EcoElectric. Our electricians can fix the issue immediately.
Fall Energy Saving Tips
Fall is in the air! School is back in session, football is starting up, nights are getting cooler and everything pumpkin flavored is hitting store shelves. All of this means one thing, cold temperatures will be here before long and winter is coming. Electricity & gas bills will be on the rise since people will be spending more time at home and using the heat more often to keep warm. Here are some tips to save money this fall, while still keeping warm and enjoying everything fall has to offer.
- Seal up the windows! Sealing windows will prevent cold air from entering the home and hot air from escaping. Windows can be sealed anytime of the year to help save money, but those drafty windows are most often noticed in the colder months.
- Insulate the attic! Heat rises, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Fall is also the perfect time to insulate an attic, since the temperature in the attic will be much cooler. A poorly insulated attic can be costly. Heat can also escape from doors and windows, but an attic is cheaper to insulate, saving you money.
- Setting the thermostat at 68*F while people are home is another money saving tip. As people leave the home or go to bed the temperature can be lowered as well.
- Make sure appliances are running properly. If an appliance is not running correctly, it will be less efficient, using more energy and money than necessary.
- One of the best tips is to make the switch to eco-friendly whenever possible. Money will be saved as well as our planet.
Electrical shock is one of the most common injuries caused by electricity. Electrical shock is a physical reaction to electrical current passing through one’s body. Electrical shock happens when part of the human body comes in contact with any source of electricity that can produce a sufficient amount of electrical current. The amount of current determines the body’s reaction. A very small dose of current may be hardly noticeable however, a larger amount of current can make it impossible to let go of the object causing the shock.
An electrical shock can serious injury and have serious consequences to the body. Burns, ventricular fibrillation, arrhythmias, cardiac arrest, seizures and neurological effects are a few of the dangerous outcomes from an electrical shock. Once electrical currents hit the body they can travel through the nervous system and also burn different areas.
If an electrical shock occurs first aid steps should be taken immediately. One of the most important first aid steps is to call 911, but then just look at the wound, do not touch the wound. The person who is suffering from electrical shock may still be in contact with the electrical source, this could cause the current to pass through the rescuer as well. If it is possible to turn off the electricity, this should be done, or if possible move the source of the electrical current using something that won’t conduct more current (cardboard, wood, or plastic). If necessary, and only after the previous steps have been taken, start CPR until medical help arrives.
Electrical shock is very dangerous and can be prevented. One of the best ways to prevent any type of electrical injury is to educate yourself on how electricity works and how electrical shock can occur. Be smart with how you use electrical items by using the correct fuses, circuit breakers and light bulbs. A simple way to prevent electrical injury is to cover your sockets and outlets, and always keep electrical items away from water.
If you’re attempting a new electrical project but feel unsafe or are unsure of the process, call a professional electrician to help you. EcoElectric is knowledgeable on all types of electrical projects and ready to help you whenever!
Common Household Energy Drainers:
There are many appliances located in homes which need continuous energy to operate effectively. They are very common and referred to as energy drainers. Which of these common “energy drainers” are in your home?
- Refrigerators: The fridge needs energy to operate, this is obvious. A fridge is continuously plugged in running to ensure the food inside it is kept cold and fresh. Without the constant use of power food would spoil over time. Simple ways to reduce the energy cost of a fridge include not standing with the door open, adjust temperatures based on the seasons, and clean the coils on the back side of the fridge to maximize efficiency.
- Incandescent lights: A simple switch of a light bulb can save consumers money. These light bulbs are your typical standard light bulb which has been around since 1882. Switching to fluorescent light bulbs or energy saving bulbs will keep money in the bank and still produce sufficient light.
- Washer and dryers are also major energy drainers. Save money by washing clothes in cold water instead of hot water, wait until you have a full load, and do your laundry later in the evening or early morning during non-peak hours. The type of washer in a home can also make a difference. Front loading washers are often cheaper to run compared to a top-loading washer. Make sure the lint trap is clean on the dryer, clothing will dry faster and also house fires can be prevented.
- Desktop computers use up a lot of energy. Waiting for them to power up and power down takes time, but will save consumers money in the long run. A sleep option is also another great alternative.
Save money on electricity this fall while still enjoying everything fall brings to Boise!