Other than aesthetics and efficiency, safety is another priority concern for homeowners. Common safety measures taken by homeowners include installing alarm systems, fire resistant walls, and burglar-proof windows and doors, to name but a few. However, there’s one thing wrapped in plastic sheaths or hidden behind walls that can also affect the safety of your home–it’s electrical wiring.
According to statistics compiled by Statistic Brain, roughly 2,555 children receive medical attention due to a wall outlet accident. What is more harrowing is that 70 percent of child-related electrical accidents occur even when an adult is present in the room.
Thanks to the influence of the Green Movement, more and more homeowners are now becoming more conscious of their property’s environmental impact. They ensure that their roofs are made of highly reflective and recyclable materials, their fixtures made of alternative and toxin-free components, and they take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. It should not come as a surprise, therefore, that energy efficiency is a huge concern for many home these days.
When purchasing an older house, it is wise to have the entirety of the house inspected. Although most people are concerned about leaking roofs or moldy basements, experts claim that prospective homeowners should also be very concerned about the age of the electrical wiring of the house.
Whenever they do not inconvenience entire towns or cities, power outages may be limited to neighborhoods or blocks. When electricity to and from a particular location is cut off, the outage is said to be “localized.” Sometimes, it can be localized to one very specific place: your home.
Energy conservation is a cause all homeowners should get behind. It’s not only paramount to managing the earth’s resources – it’s pivotal for keeping household expenses reasonable and a household safe. Luckily, it’s also a cause one can support simply by maintaining the efficiency of particular home appliances. After all, higher efficiency leads to lower consumption.
These are the three appliances which not too many people realize are energy guzzlers.
According to 2015 data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the typical residence uses an average of 901 kilowatts per hour a month, and households across the nation spend an average of $110.21 a month on electric bills. Residences in Southwestern states have the highest average monthly electric dues; those along the Pacific coast have the lowest. [Read more…]
Just why is it important to check electrical outlets regularly and to replace them every so often? The answer is simple: The good condition of electrical outlets ensures wires don’t spark and currents don’t surge when appliances are plugged in. It can be the one thing that stands between homeowners and minor accidents like brief electric shocks, and major incidents like electrical fires. It also determines whether a homeowner needs to fix home electric systems – and how much he or she would pay for that. [Read more…]
Ventilation, natural light, design, and location may be some of home buyers’ primary considerations. But how often do they consider a property’s electrical systems health? [Read more…]