Is your home running on old electrics? Not only could this have a negative effect on your energy bill, you may find that your electricity supply isn’t working as effectively as it should. Here are just a few ways to modernise your home’s electricity.
Upgrade your panel
Old electrical panels are often worth getting checked out, especially if you’ve been experiencing numerous power outages recently. It’s possible your old panel might not be suitable to meet the electrical demands of a modern house. Alternatively, there could be damage that needs fixing such as corrosion or dodgy breakers. Finding an electrician that does electrical panel upgrades could be worthwhile. This is not a job you should ever do yourself without a license.
Add new sockets and lights
Getting a few new sockets and light fittings installed in your home could be worthwhile in some cases. This could prevent you having to rely on overloaded power strips and multiple plug-in lamps. You should pay a licensed electrician to wire-in these light fittings and sockets. This can be an expensive job, but it could add a lot of value to your home. When considering overhead lighting, those on a budget should consider track lighting over spot lighting.
Get rid of power-guzzling appliances
It’s worth also considering your appliances. Old washing machines and refrigerators may not be very economical in comparison to some of the appliances available today. Appliances with an Energy Star rating are worth looking out for, as they are very green and cheap to run (most of these appliances work just as well as power-hungry versions). You should also consider your light bulbs – swapping out incandescent bulbs for LEDs could also help you to save a lot of money.
Make use of smart technology
Smart technology (also known as ‘the internet of things’) is the latest household trend. This involves appliances that can be operated using your smartphone. Smart TVs, smart kettles and smart lighting are just some of the options out there. You can also switch to smart heating and air conditioning, controlling your home’s temperature from your phone. In fact, you could install a smart energy reader that allows you to take readings of your gas and electricity consumption on your phone.
Switch to sustainable power
More households are taking the decision to go off-grid, getting their power from sustainable sources. Solar panels are the most common method of generating power – these generate electricity using the energy of the sun. Shop around for solar panel installation companies to find the best rate. Another option could be to install a home wind turbine if you live in a particularly windy area. Installing these sustainable power sources can be expensive, however you’ll make up costs in the long run by not having to pay electricity bills.