The days are shorter, it’s darker, and what kind of season would it be without lights! Here are some tips from us at GreenHomes America to make your season a bright and efficient one!
- Switch to smaller and newer lights, consider LED lighting in particular. There are significant savings with this newer lighting technology. If you must have the big bulbs, switching to a smaller wattage may help (this works with all the lighting in your home).
- Use a timer! It is good to turn off the lights when you don’t need them and much easier if you set them up on a timer.
- Make sure lights have a (UL) label which means they Underwriters Laboratory safety requirements. (we follow BPI requirements for your home)
- Use the right set for indoor and outdoor use.
- Safety Check! Just like we perform on your home! New or old check all light sets for frayed wires, damaged sockets, or cracked insulation. If you find any defects, replace the entire set (if we find defects in your home we can fix them, you don’t have to throw it away).
- All outdoor cords, plugs and sockets must be weatherproof. Keep electrical connections off the ground, and make sure wiring is kept clear of drainpipes and railings to prevent any risk of shock. Water can cause all sorts of problems and not just with electricity.
- Don’t overload your electrical circuits. Circuits in older homes carry a maximum of 1800 watts each. Most newer homes can handle 2400 watts each. While our friends over at CurrentSafe can speak to this, be safe!