It’s that time of year when we all start thinking about what we’re
going to stop doing in the New Year. Who hasn’t uttered the “new
year, new you” motto? It could be you’d like to lose weight,
exercise more, spend less, you name it and there’s a resolution about it.
Well, it’s time to take those same notions and apply them to your
house. Getting rid of the following will add a little ‘electrical
wellness’ to the mix for a bright 2020. And who wouldn’t want
- Bunnies are cute – dust bunnies not so much. If they’re surrounding
cords and outlets it is easy to have them ignite, so make sure to keep
the floors clear of them.
- Do NOT overload your power cords and power strips but plugging a bunch together.
- Make sure that laptops (and other devices) are plugged in correctly and
not sitting on top of flammable surfaces like rugs or beds.
- Have you replaced the batteries in ANY of the smoke or carbon monoxide
detectors since you bought your home? Time to be honest and own it. You
need to change out the batteries every 3-5 for carbon monoxide and 10
years for smoke detectors.
- How about swapping out your incandescents for some LED in the New Year?
LED bulbs use 75% less energy and last 35-50x longer so that means less
energy wasted = Good!
- No getting too cozy with electric blankets by piling other things on top
of them. Try using at its lowest setting at night and turn off when not in use.
- Got GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupters)? They’ve been required
since the 1970s in bathrooms and since the 80s in kitchens, for good reason.
Surges are common and electronics today are particularly sensitive to
them. We’re entering a new decade – are you up to code?
- Wattage check – make sure you’re checking the wattage limits
on all your bulb sockets AND gauges your extension cords. Rule of thumb,
the larger the appliance the larger the gauge extension cord needed.
- Run appliances like ovens and dishwashers and dryers when at home. Leaving
them running while out of the house and unsupervised could lead to unwanted problems.
Say hello to a new decade with electrical health in place … Hello
2020, here we come!