Let’s talk dollars and cents. Would you like to learn a few tricks that will put some extra dollars in your pocket? If you are ready to make some changes in your life that will save you a little money on your electric bill, you are in luck. An electrician in Glendale has some key tips to help you reduce your electric bill. You can count on H Electric to provide you with advice on how you can do your part for the environment by cutting down on your electric usage and your pocketbook.
1-Put an egg timer in the bathroom. Start timing your showers. Try shaving a few minutes off your current shower time to reduce your hot water usage.
2-Invest in a drying rack to air dry your laundry. You probably won’t be able to dry all of your clothes this way, but even cutting back on a couple of loads per week will help. If you do dry your clothes, use the fluff cycle.
3-Turn down your water heater by a couple of degrees. You won’t use the water at that temperature so it doesn’t make sense you would waste the money heating the water just to cool it down.
4-Have a ceiling fan installed by an electrician. Glendale homeowners can use the ceiling fan in the summer and winter to help reduce heating and cooling costs. The fans will circulate the cool air in the summer time and push the warm air that rises to the ceiling down in the winter.
5-New light fixtures are also being made to work with the more energy efficient CFLs. You can also have an electrician install a dimmer switch. This will allow you to control how much light is being shed. There is no reason to burn a bulb at its brightest if you only need a little light.
Give H Electric a call today to learn more.
As we hear stories about people in the southern states who have been hit hard by late winter storms, we have also heard stories about thousands of people still without power. Going a few hours without electricity is inconvenient, but going days or weeks without power is downright horrible. There is no time like the present to prepare for an extensive power outage. It doesn’t matter where you live. Disaster can strike at anytime and leave you and your family in the dark. An electrician in Glendale has a solution. The team at H Electric is here to tell you about standby generators.
You can protect your family from being forced to live in a dark world after a natural disaster or a simple grid failure. A standby generator is similar to that of a portable generator and is fueled by propane, diesel or gas. The major difference is the standby generator is a permanent fixture and is always on standby for a power outage, hence the name. You do not have to go about plugging in extension cords or pulling the generator out of a storage shed. When you think about it, it is much safer to stay indoors if the weather is bad enough to knock out the power.
A Glendale electrician will wire the standby generator directly into your home’s main electric. When the power goes out, the generator automatically turns on and restores power to the areas of the home you have designated. You will have the option of choosing a small generator with enough wattage available to power a few essential items or a powerful generator that will run your entire home. It is a good idea to do some research and evaluate the cost differences between the various sizes. Once you have made your decision, give H Electric a call and schedule your installation appointment.
If you are taking advantage of the fantastic sales on electric or hybrid cars this new year, you will want to consider adding the option of a fast car charging station. Typically, when you purchase an electric car, you will be offered two different types of charging stations. There is a trickle charger, which slowly charges your car over about a 24 hour period. This one is the least expensive and often the most popular. However, your Glendale electrician is here to tell you about the faster electric car charging stations. At H Electric, you will find a group of knowledgeable electricians who can assist you with the installation of a fast or slow charger.
A fast charging system is a bit more expensive, but for those who are constantly on the go, it is worth it. The charger charges the car in about 8 hours versus the 24 hours of the slower system. Because it is faster, it is going to need more electricity to operate. This is why you will need an electrician. Glendale electric car owners will need to have a 240-volt outlet installed in their garage or carport for the faster charging station to plug into. These are not your standard outlets and most homes will not have one in the garage area. A 240-volt outlet is the kind you would see used for your air conditioner or dryer.
Along with the additional outlet, you will need to have a breaker installed to run the outlet. An electrician will need to inspect your current electric panel to make sure you have enough space to add the breaker. If there isn’t room for another breaker, an electric panel upgrade will be needed. This may seem like a lot of hassle, but it is something an experienced electrician will be able to take care of without a lot of fuss. Give H Electric a call today if you would like to learn more.
Now that we are hopefully through the coldest part of the year, it is time to look forward to spring. Spring means new blooms on flowers and lawns will quickly become lush and green. It is only normal you would want to show those things off with some gorgeous landscape lighting. Now is the time to get with your electrician in Glendale and start planning your electric lighting scheme. You can rely on H Electric to help you make your yard nice and bright.
One of the major benefits to having electric outdoor lights installed is the freedom to place the lights in some of the darkest areas. It only makes sense you would want shrubbery and other shadowy areas lit up, but with solar lights, the shadows make it impossible for the lights to get a full charge. If you are looking to save money, you can use LED outdoor lights that are very bright and extremely energy efficient.
A certified electrician will be able to take of the Glendale electrical code fulfillment when installing the outdoor lights. During the installation process, the wiring will be buried and wired into your home’s main electric. You can choose to have your lights put on a timer or a manual switch can be installed. Take some time exploring your options when it comes to showcasing your landscaping. There are a ton of different styles for you to choose from. Once you have made your selection, give your electrician a call to complete the install.
If you already have outdoor lights, some maintenance may be necessary. An electrician can take care of any problems with the wiring that may have crept up during some of the recent storms. Give H Electric a call today and schedule your appointment to have your new electric outdoor lighting system installed.
January is just around the corner and that means the worst of the cold weather will be coming with it. It can be a bit of a shock to the system after months of mild temperatures. You will want to be ready to get that extra blast of heat in order to keep you comfortable. Before you get toasty warm with your space heater, you will need to take a few precautions to ensure you are using it safely. A Glendale electrician is here to give you some tips about using a space heater this winter. You can call H Electric for more information.
There are a number of different types of heaters you may have. Some are safer than others, but these are universal tips that can be applied to every type of space heater. One thing many people don’t realize is that every electrical appliance will need room to vent. Most heaters either vent out the back or under the appliance. This is usually warm air and can be warm enough to start a fire if it is pushed too close to a wall or furniture. If the heater is not properly ventilated, it can overheat and start a fire as well.
It is recommended there is at least three feet of space between the heater and any object in the room. This allows plenty of ventilation and will allow the heater to do its job. Before you plug in the heater, the cord needs to be expected by yourself or an electrician. Glendale residents will need to check the entire length of the cord to inspect for any frayed wires or evidence of rodent chewing. Do not use the heater if the cord is damaged. It is extremely risky and simply not worth it. If you would like to learn more about proper space heater usage, give H Electric a call today.
If you already have a ceiling fan in your home, don’t let it sit idle collecting dust this winter. Put it to good use and you will feel the benefits. No, you won’t be cold and chilly because the ceiling fan is running. Ceiling fans are just as important to have in the cooler months as they are to have in the hot, sultry months. If you don’t already have one, an electrician in Glendale is going to explain why you may want to think about getting one installed. The team at H Electric can answer any questions you may have about ceiling fan installation.
When a ceiling fan is used in combination with your source of heat, whether it is a fireplace or furnace, it helps to circulate the warm air and make a room feel warmer. This is done by pushing the hot air that rises to the ceiling, down. The fan should be set to turn in a clockwise motion. This helps push the air down. However, don’t worry about it being pushed directly on to you while you are sitting on the couch. The air is pushed out and down towards the walls. This keeps the warm air in the room, without creating a breeze that will ultimately chill you.
Using a ceiling fan in the winter can also help reduce your electric bill. When the air is pushed down, the thermostat in the room will register the warmer air. This will prevent the cold air rising from the floor from giving the thermostat a faulty reading and causing the furnace to kick on more often in an attempt to maintain the desired temperature. If you have any other Glendale electrical concerns or would like to schedule an appointment to have your ceiling fan installed, give H Electric a call today.
With the holiday shopping season upon us, you are probably going to be looking for a few ways to save so you can afford those gifts your family has been asking for. There are probably a lot of different ways you can save here and there like choosing to conserve gas, maybe cutting out a few luxury items and figuring out how to reduce your monthly bills a bit. Your Glendale electrician is here to tell you a few things you could do to save yourself anywhere from $20 to $50 a month on your electric bill. The team at H Electric can provide you with even more tips.
About $20 out of every $100 on your electric bill is spent on lighting. You can reduce this by as much as 75 percent by simply changing the type of light bulbs you use in your fixtures. We have become used to using the cheap incandescent bulbs that are around 4 bulbs for a dollar. Well, they may be cheap on the shelves, but they are costing you on your electric bill. Spending a couple dollars on CFLs will end up saving you a lot more every month.
You can also learn about phantom power and how it is running up your bill. Phantom power is the electricity that is drawn by anything that is plugged in whether it is in use or not. Things like your chargers and appliances are always drawing a current when plugged in.
Another option you have is having a ceiling fan installed by an electrician. Glendale homeowners will appreciate the savings to their heating and cooling bill when a ceiling fan is used. Because the fan needs to be wired, it is best to leave the job to a qualified professional like those at H Electric. If you would like to schedule a ceiling fan installation or just want to learn more about energy savings, give us a call today.
Would you like to control the light in your home? Some days you need a little and some days you need a lot. It is silly to try and change out between low and high-wattage bulbs to suit your mood. Instead, you need a dimmer switch. And electrician in Glendale can give you the freedom to control the amount of light emitted from your light fixture without unscrewing a single bulb. The team at H Electric has the very capable staff you need to make this happen in a professional and timely manner.
Dimmer switches are fairly easy upgrades you can make to any light in your home. They are ideal for the dining room where you will want full, brilliant light for big family dinners and just a low-light for an intimate meal setting. They are also great additions to the living room. It is good to have a little light while watching television, but you don’t want it to be so bright there is a glare on the screen. A dimmer switch gives you the flexibility to control the amount of light being shed in a particular room. Bedrooms are another ideal place for dimmer switches. You don’t always need the harsh light to get grab your clothes or kick back and relax.
One of the main benefits to a dimmer switch has nothing to do with aesthetic appeal, but money. Yes, dimmer switches can actually help save you a few dollars on your Glendale electrical bill. When you opt to use a little light instead of the full light, you are not using as much electricity. Chandeliers can be electricity hogs when 5 or more bulbs are fully lit. However, when you use a dimmer switch you can still light up the beautiful light fixture without running up the electric bill. Give H Electric a call today and schedule your appointment to have a dimmer switch installed.
Winter seems to be a prime time for the power to go out, which is pretty normal and in most cases not a big deal. However, it doesn’t hurt to be ready for those outages by doing a little planning before they actually happen. Your Glendale electrician has a couple of things for you to do now to be ready for the power outages that are likely to occur. H Electric can answer any other questions you may have about dealing with power outages.
You probably already have a flashlight or two hanging around, but it will work much better for you if they are placed somewhere easy to find in the dark. A designated drawer or cupboard is ideal. In that same area, you will want to have spare batteries for the flashlights. One clever way to keep everything you may need for a power outage is to store it all in a rubber tote. This keeps everything together and the whole family will know where to go to get flashlights, candles, matches and candleholders. Emergency candles are ideal because they burn brighter and slower than the decorative variety.
It doesn’t hurt to have a battery or crank radio with your kit. This not only provides you with some music, but can keep you updated about a storm that may be wreaking havoc and provide you with key information about the power outage. If sitting in the dark or eating by candlelight is not your cup of tea, you could always talk about a generator installation with your electrician. Glendale residents who are willing to invest in a generator will not need to worry about fumbling around in the dark trying to find a flashlight. The generator prevents any interruption in power and life goes on as normal. If you would like to learn more about generators or other things you can do to prepare for a power outage, give H Electric a call today.
As the world continues to move forward in the quest to rely more on renewable sources than fossil fuels, solar power is gaining in popularity. Solar power is the wave of the future and more homeowners are jumping on board the renewable energy bandwagon. The initial costs of the solar power systems continue to be driven down as more manufacturers throw their hats into the ring. They are also easier than ever to have installed. An electrician in Glendale will need to set up the solar powered system. H Electric has the certified electricians you need to take care of this for you.
These days, the panels are much smaller than they have been in the past. They can be directly mounted to the roof of your home, which is often the best placement. The panels are placed flat against the roof and are positioned in a manner where they will collect the most rays from the sun. From there, the solar energy is transformed into electricity for your home. This is an ideal option for residents in Glendale. Electrical systems that rely on solar energy are not only better for the environment, but are a great way to save money on the monthly electric bill.
There are numerous options homeowners can use to fund the initial investment cost. In many cases, the systems pay themselves off in a matter of 10 to 20 years. This is especially true if you are connected to the main power grid. It is very possible you will produce more electricity than your home needs. In this case, you can typically sell the excess electricity back to your electric company. One of the key benefits to a solar power system is the fact they require very little maintenance. If you would like to learn more about switching to solar power, give H Electric a call today.