Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Electrician’s POV: Ways to Save Electricity in the bedroom

Saving on utilities

bedroom

Electric power costs can eat up a huge chunk in a family’s budget, and so little things matter when it comes to saving up on consumption. (Photo Credits)

The quest to lower home energy costs can be quite elusive, especially nowadays when everything gets to be operated using electricity. But there are ways to save on power consumption for every room in the house. Builders and Contractors  

British Gas came up with tips on how to lower consumption in the bedroom. The bedroom after all uses up a lot of energy to either warm the body during the winter, or cool it during the summer, making things more comfortable. “During winter nights, the last thing we want is to be cold in bed. This doesn’t have to mean cranking the heating up and leaving it on throughout the night. Warm your bedroom shortly before you plan to go to sleep before turning down the thermostat to avoid wasting energy overnight. Use the timer built into your system to make sure that the room’s warm enough, just when you want it to be.”

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Energy efficiency in the bedroom

The website The Spruce also came up with advice on how to make the bedroom a more energy efficient living space. Electricians  

“If there are gaps around your bedroom windows, your money is slipping away along with the wasted energy. Older windows are especially likely to have gaps in caulk or weatherstripping, letting cold breezes creep in during the winter, and cooled air leak out during the summer. Check your windows annually, and re-caulk if necessary to seal any leaks.”

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Family Handyman meanwhile advised its readers to turn off electrical vampires each time because they cost electricity too even when they are not in use. “Seventy-five percent of the electrical use by home electronics occurs when they’re turned off, according to the Department of Energy. These “energy vampires” suck electricity all day long—costing you an extra $100 each year. So if you’d like to keep that Ben Franklin in your wallet, unplug your electronics or plug them into a power strip, then turn off the strip. Don’t worry about losing the settings on new computers and TVs. They have a memory chip that resets everything when you power back up.”

The original article can be found here.

Saving on electrical costs in the bedroom will require discipline and a bit of effort, but the extra time and work will definitely pay off through lower power bills.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Electrician’s Take on Solar Powered Kitchens

The benefits of Sun Powered Food Preparation

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Preparing food can use up a lot of energy, hence going solar can help save a lot of money. (Photo Credits)

The kitchen uses up a lot of energy, given that food is a basic need and has to be prepared three times a day. It is also where most energy demanding appliances are like the refrigerator, microwave oven, electric oven, dishwasher, rice cooker, among other high-powered kitchen gadgets.

One way to reduce power consumption in the kitchen is to utilize solar power where possible.

The United Nations Development Program or UNDP for instance shared an article about efficient solar power usage in preparing meals of over 700 orphaned and destitute children in India. American Lighting Association

“The residential school takes in orphaned and destitute boys, and Raja cooks 120 kilos (265 pounds) of rice every meal to cater to their healthy appetites. It’s a job efficiently done, thanks to an innovative solar steam cooking system supported through a partnership between UNDP and India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. In 2013, the 109-year-old charitable institution invested in a solar heating system that could fuel its kitchens, replacing fossil fuel with a clean, alternative source of energy captured from the sun.”

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Sun powered kitchen appliances

The website Trendhunter meanwhile came up with an article on solar powered appliances. One of which is a kitchen staple – the refrigerator. The refrigerator however that they featured is meant for vaccines so that it can be transported to far-flung places. Master Electrician

“Designed to operate solely off solar power if necessary, the True Energy Vaccine Refrigerator is able to adapt to its surroundings in order to monitor and control its internal temperature. Furthermore, because of how efficiently it’s designed, the fridge is also able to go up to ten days without being charged while still keeping its contents properly and safely cooled.”

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The website Instructrables.com meantime shared an instructional material on how to convert any home appliances into a hybrid solar-powered equipment.

“This project is a simple and cheap way to integrate renewable energy into your home by turning your appliances into solar electric hybrids. Here is how it works. A solar panel (or any other renewable power source) charges a storage battery. A control circuit continuously monitors the battery’s voltage. When the battery is fully charged, the circuit automatically turns on a power inverter and switches the appliance from running on grid power to running on the energy stored in the battery.”

Check out the whole tutorial here.

Solar powered appliances will indeed make the kitchen more energy efficient.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Electrician’s guide in using Solar Powered Holiday Décor

Festive Solar Lights

Holiday lights

Christmas decorations need not be expensive to light up. (Photo Credits)

Festive Decorations can really be a wonderful addition to any home especially during the yuletide season. The only disadvantage though is the increase in electric bill that it causes as energy is used to illuminate them.

There however is a work around in this, and it is to utilize solar power.

House Logic summarized the advantages and disadvantages of using solar powered Christmas Lights. American Lighting Association 

“No extension cords. No need for exterior electrical outlets. Withstand cold temperatures and precipitation. Zero cost to operate.    Light output comparable to plug-in lighting. Green option.”

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As for the disadvantages, it mentioned that the lights may not illuminate when there is not enough sunlight during cloudy days.

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Other Christmas Decors

The website Not Martha meantime published a tutorial on how to make a solar-powered Holiday Wreath. Master Electrician  

“In order to avoid having a wire coming out of the wreath I tucked the solar panel right into the wreath itself. The solar panel came with a removable spike, meant to anchor it into the ground, which we won’t need. In order to attach the solar panel to the wreath I created loops using duct tape. They aren’t pretty but they won’t be seen. Then I wired it so that it sits in the bottom of the inside of the wreath, mostly hidden behind branches.”

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Ehow.com for its part came up with a guide on how to convert existing traditional-powered Christmas string lights into solar powered holiday lights.

“Using solar power to operate your outdoor Christmas lights is an environmentally friendly and money saving project. By converting your current Christmas lights to run off solar power you will be able to enjoy your Christmas lights without increasing your electric bill. You could purchase solar powered Christmas lights, but they are expensive. You can also convert your outdoor lighting system to solar power allowing you to enjoy the use of solar power in your outdoor living space all year long.”

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Using solar-powered Holiday decorations are both pocket and eco-friendly.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

How to light up a Jack-O-Lantern – An Electrician’s Guide

DIY Halloween lights

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Here’s a guide on installing lights in a jack-o-lantern. (Photo Credits)

One of Halloween’s most famous symbols is the jack-o-lantern.  Usually depicted as a carved out pumpkin with eyes that are lighting up, most parents will be prodded by their children to do a similar project come Halloween season.

While candles is one of the ways to illuminate the jack-o-lantern, it may not be the safest way. Instructables.com tells us why, as it published a comprehensive tutorial on how to install a light inside a carved out pumpkin. Builders and Contractors  

“A few years ago one of our neighbors had a few jack-o’-lanterns in spirit of halloween. Like everyone he used candles to light them up and give them that original halloween glow! One pumpkin actually caused a few dry leaves to catch fire. Thankfully it wasn’t anything major and no one was hurt and because of that it led me to go searching in some alternative methods. I found an easy way to give jack-o’-lanterns a great glow without the risk of a fire. Now it is rare that one will cause a fire but it does run a small risk. Also using this small and easy method you can keep your pumpkin lit up all night and never have to worry! Peace of mind is always a good thing.”

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Step-by-step tutorial

The website Holiday Party Guide came up with six ways to light up a pumpkin without a candle. Electricians 

“A pumpkin light stand is super practical! A bright light bulb is built right into the base, plus you get all of the benefits of having a protective stand to place your carved pumpkin on. There’s a 6-foot cord that makes it easy to turn on and off the light, or you could plug it into a light timer and never have to worry about turning on/off your lighted pumpkin every night.”

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Popular Science meanwhile shared ways to raise the bar higher on a Do-it-yourself jack-o-lantern.

Oozing Pumpkin is part of the list that they published.

“With minimal household materials, get maximum gross-out effect: This pumpkin project is basically a grade-school volcano experiment, but with a spooky twist. Adding food coloring, water, dish soap, and baking soda to a grimacing Jack before pouring in the vinegar turns an otherwise boring pumpkin into an oozefest.”

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Safely lighting jack-o-lanterns indeed make Halloween celebrations even more fun.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Electrician’s advice on installing Task Lighting

All about task lighting

Task Lighting is an important lighting element in any home or office setting. For one, it covers illuminating needs for areas that are otherwise not covered by ambient lighting. At the same time, it also offers a design feature that can accentuate a certain area in a home.

Lightology.com explains how task lighting works, its different types, and enumerated examples of task lighting that are usually used in residential and commercial structures. Electrician     

“Task lights and task lamps are lighting products designed precisely for that purpose; they are often portable fixtures with a cord and plug, or under-cabinet lights. Types of task lights include, but are not limited to, desk lamps, swing arm desk lamps, overhead spots, wall-mounted reading lights, under-cabinet lighting, table lamps, and even book lights.”

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Task lighting defined

The American Lighting Association has an article on the three basic types of lighting, one of which is task lighting. Build Safe  

“Task lighting helps you perform specific tasks, such as reading, grooming, preparing and cooking food, doing homework, working on hobbies, playing games and balancing your checkbook. It can be provided by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting and under-cabinet lighting, as well as by portable floor and desk lamps.”

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Home and Garden Television also featured various types of home lighting. It shared as well photos of rooms illuminated using task lighting.

“Targeted to a particular area of a room, task lighting is intended to illuminate a specific function. Areas of a home that require task lighting include kitchen counters where food will be prepared; living room seating areas where reading will take place; and home office desk surfaces where paperwork will be done. In a kitchen, under-cabinet lighting provides task lighting for a countertop; in a living room, a table lamp is often used for task lighting to accommodate reading.”

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Task lighting is indeed an essential lighting solution to any home.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Home Office Lighting Tips from an Electrician

Raising productivity through lighting

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Lighting can influence productivity in any office situation, even the home office. (Photo Credits)

Ever wonder why offices have bright lights that almost simulate daylight? That is because lighting helps spark productivity. And for those that work from home, a great home office set-up would help a lot in increasing the productivity needed for that extra push to earn and learn. American Lighting Association

Decoist.com came up with advice on how to keep lighting functional and at the same time classy for any home office.  It emphasized that there is a benefit to mixing natural and artificial lighting, in any home office environment.

“One of the things you notice about some techno-addicts who are hooked onto their laptops, iPads and smartphones is the way they deliberately avoid any hint of natural sunlight. If you did not know better, you would be tempted to believe that these folks are long-lost cousins of Count Dracula! But in reality, natural light is not such a bad thing if you know how to use it in the right fashion. Yes, glossy surfaces can be a problem at times, but try and usher in natural light in a controlled fashion and ensure that in blends in beautifully with artificial illumination.”

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More lighting tips for home offices

Apartment Therapy meantime came up with suggestions on improving home lighting, even for those who are just leasing their homes. Ambient lighting is one of their proposed solutions. Master Electrician 

“Ambient light is a great stress reliever. It’s pretty lame to look up from a long day of work and realize you’re sitting alone with only the light of your desk lamp for company. Ambient light fills the area with a soothing glow, for a warmer, more comfortable atmosphere.”

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The Spruce also came up with tips on having great lighting in the home office. One of the items discussed in their lengthy post was decorative lighting. “As mentioned, most home offices will feature ambient lighting that is diffused throughout the space and task lighting that is focused on specific workstations. Beyond these two functional lighting types, you may want to add decorative and accent lighting to help improve the visual character of your home office. Accent lighting like mantel or picture lights draws attention to objects or other elements in the room, while decorative lights—such as wall sconces—provide direct visual appeal.”

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Consulting a licensed electrician contractor can help in ensuring great lighting and better productivity in any home office.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Electrician’s Advice on Installing Garden Lights

All about landscape Lighting

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Installing landscape lights can make a whole lot of difference in the aesthetics of a home. (Photo Credits)

Garden lights can accentuate any outdoor landscape for any home. And it definitely makes a whole lot of difference in terms of highlighting the vibrancy and beauty of the garden and the lawn during night time. Build Safe 

For those who may want to try their hand in installing outdoor or landscaping lights, Popular Mechanics came up with tips on how to install these fixtures.

“Start by laying the light fixtures on the ground where you intend to install them. Space the fixtures 8 to 10 feet apart. Next, unroll the spool of low-voltage electrical cable and lay the cable beside the fixtures. If you come to an obstacle, such as a boulder, tree, or fence, string the cable under or around it.”

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Plan the project

The Family Handyman also came up with its own comprehensive guide on installing outdoor, garden, and landscape lights. Electrician

“For this project, you should have the fundamental wiring skills it takes to make proper connections and the basic electrical and carpentry tools. While they’re not crucial, a trench shovel, a mattock and a sledgehammer (Photos 1 and 2) will make the trench work easier and faster. Allow about a day to complete this project, assuming you collect all the parts in advance.”

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DIY.com also published its share of tips on self-installation of outdoor lights. It however emphasized that safety precautions should always be observed especially when doing DIY jobs concerning electricity.

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“Never take risks with electrical safety. Before you start any type of electrical work, you must follow these following safety precautions: (1) Switch off the main power at the consumer unit/fuse box. Isolate the circuit you plan to work on by removing the circuit fuse. Put this in your pocket to avoid accidental replacement. (2) Or switch off the breaker and lock it if you can. (3) Attach a note to the unit to advise you are working on the circuit. (4) Check the circuit is dead with a socket tester or voltage tester/meter for lighting circuits.”

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To ensure safe and efficient outdoor lighting installation, it will always be a great move to consult with a licensed electrician contractor.

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