If you’re like millions of other people, at some time you’ve made New Year’s resolutions. “This is the year I’m going to lose weight, save money, spend more time with family,” but have you ever thought about making home improvement resolutions for 2019? Resolutions to completely renovate your kitchen or install a swimming pool might not be in your budget and are a bit impractical. So think about smaller resolutions that could improve the solidity of your home. What a fantastic way to start out the new year! Need some ideas? Sunburst Electric have some!
Switch Out Light Bulbs For Energy Efficient LEDs
Although they initially cost more, LED Energy Star qualified bulbs end up paying for themselves in energy savings in about 10 years. They use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 35 to 50 times longer. Plus, they offer more peace of mind since the emit very little heat, decreasing the threat of an electrical fire, and are much more durable, so they won’t shatter all over the floor. They’re also guaranteed for three years minimum, which is above and beyond the industry standard, so you’ll save on maintenance costs as well as energy costs. Basically, there’s no excuse not to get them!
Replace The Batteries In Your Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Replacing batteries should be done at least once a year. Both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested monthly to ensure proper functionality. And speaking of replacing, how old are your detectors? Remember that smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years. Depending on the model, older model carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every three years, and the newer versions, every 5 – 6 years. Make safety a priority for your home and get this done!
Have A Whole-House Surge Protector Installed
Power surges can enter your home unexpectedly during a stormy night, power disruptions, heavy-duty electrical appliances or faulty connections or operation of a heavy-duty electrical appliance. They destroy all electronic devices in their path and at times cause fires as well. It is unfortunate when your computer dies, but even more so when your photos, documents, music and other personal content are lost along with it as well. To reduce damage from power surges, have a whole house surge protector installed by your local Sunburst Electric Service Professional at the panel and additionally multi-outlet power strip surge protection for delicate circuitry, telephone and cable lines. This will ensure both main zones as well as secondary zone surge protection to absorb any excess power that seeps through the primary protection.
Reduce Your Overall Energy Consumption
This can be done in a variety of ways: turning lights out after you leave a room, unplugging and turning off electrical devices when not in use and ensuring lighting and appliances are Energy Star qualified. Perhaps you can create a friendly family competition to see who can use the least amount of electricity, or even consider looking into installing a solar energy system for your home. Whatever you choose to do, remember that you can also call your local Sunburst Electric Service Professional to perform a Free Home Safety Check Up for your home to ensure its electrical system is operating at maximum efficiency.
We hope you find these tips helpful to make your home’s electrical system the best and brightest it can be, and we wish you a Happy New Year from all of us at Sunburst Electric. You can request an electrician online today! Or you can call us on 087 551 1000 or WhatsApp us on 064 575 5271. For more information, head over to our fully functioning Sunburst Electric website for all your electrical needs.