As the New Year approaches, you are probably making a list of New Year's resolutions that you are going to try to commit to. Maybe of these resolutions are regarding personal improvement and development; however, you should also consider some resolutions for your home. One particular area of your home that could stand for some improvement and development is the electrical system. It is often one of the most outdated areas of the home, and one of the most dangerous when it is not replaced and updated as necessary. So, here are three resolutions you should set out to do in the New Year to ensure your electrical system is in good shape in 2018:
Resolution #1: Switch Over to Energy-Efficient LED Lights
While it is true that LED lights will cost you more out of your pocket initially, they will pay for themselves in the amount of energy savings over the next several years. You see, LED lights not only use less energy – around 75 percent to be exact – than your traditional light bulbs, but they also can last somewhere between 35 and 50 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs. Due to the fact that they put off minimal heat, there is also a reduced risk of an electrical fire. All in all, it is hard to come up with a reason why you should not make the switch.
Resolution #2: Reset Your GFCI Plugs
Your home likely has ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) plugs, which are often found in the bathroom, kitchen, and other areas where there is water. As you move into the New Year, it is important that you get into the habit of resetting these outlets. In fact, you will want to do this every month, which is recommended. Most homeowners don't realize that these plugs need to be reset, let alone that they need to be reset on a monthly basis. However, this needs to be added to your regular home maintenance list because if the outlet doesn't reset correctly, there is a risk of electrocution and the plug needs to be replaced.
Resolution #3: Take Steps to Reduce Your Overall Energy Usage
Everyone wants to try to save money in the New Year by putting money into a savings account or limiting their trips to Starbucks, but you should try to save money by reducing your energy consumption. There are numerous ways in which this can be done, including switching off lights when you walk out of a room, turning off and/or unplugging electrical devices (such as phones) when they are not being used, and making certain that you are using appliances that have been Energy Star-rated. You could take things a step further and look into the installation of a solar energy system.
Contact a company, like Beckstoffer-Welsh Inc, for more help.