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Do ceiling fans keep me cool and lower my electric bill?

ceiling fan coolWhile retail sales of the latest in air conditioner technologies continue to grow, many homeowners are still underestimating the value of ceiling fans even though when used correctly, they can lower the temperature of a room up to five degrees.

Here are some other fantastic benefits to the purchase and professional installation of a ceiling fan in all the rooms of your home:

  1. Ceiling fans work together with your air conditioner, helping it to run more efficiently and significantly reduce your energy bill.
  2. Ceiling fans can be installed both indoors and outdoors - in a porch or other covered area, helping to keep pesky flies and insects away while you enjoy the shade on a beautiful afternoon.
  3. Ceiling fans have been improved in recent years to become more efficient and contain up to date technology in the fan’s motors, blade design, and control. They’re also lighter than they were in years past, giving them the element of a decorative feature within a room rather than an eyesore. 

Hunter Pacific has developed an innovation in ceiling fans with their latest version of the Typhoon model, which includes molded plastic blades instead of the traditional steel or metal variety. This promotes large amounts of airflow with minimal noise. 

What is a Swidget?

swidgetAn outlet that can do it all is the goal of the makers of the Swidget. A Swidget is an outlet that has been adapted to more modern times. In fact, this invention is so modern it’s created on a future-minded basis. This ensures that this product will stand with the times and have the functionality to work alongside more developed and advanced technology.

A simple set up that is done in a snap is so easy to use. Installing the Swidget requires no hardware, but a simple snap of the insert and the consumer is ready to set it up in the room. The installation of the Swidget advances and adds to the benefits of having a smart home. Pre-existing smart home products are also compatible with the Swidget and will work synonymously with everything else coming through the product. Ideally, products such as Alexa or Google Home work perfectly with Swidget.

The Swidget can do more than  benefit an ever growing smart home, the list of its capabilities is quite long. Besides the control of the outlet itself, the Swidget’s duties are:

  • Motion Sensor
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Temperature/Humidity Sensor
  • Alexa Repeater
  • Video Camera (i.e., indoor security/nanny cams)
  • Emergency Light (in case of outages)
  • Power Monitor (notifies what is using up the most power)
  • USB Charger
  • Automatic Timer
  • Wireless Boost
  • Mood Lighting
  • Aromatherapy Insert
  • White Noise Speaker
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector

So not only does the Swidget give great technological benefits, but it also aides in home safety thanks to the Carbon Monoxide detectors.

Wiring for the Swidget is also very DIY, and their Kickstarter provides those invested with an instructional how-to video in installing their product. With a Swidget, it seems  always to have a use no matter how the technology advances. The amount of services it provides easily outweighs a possible non-competing factor it may have (though it seems that factor is yet to be discovered).

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Fuse Box Upgrade

fuse box upgrade new jerseyUnless you’re already an electrician, thinking about changing the fuse box is not often on people’s minds. That is until the power goes out and you’ve got to go hunting for a new fuse to switch it out with. If that sounds familiar to you, it may be overdue to change out your fuse box. In fact, it may be time to get rid of the fuse box altogether.

Circuit breakers are taking the place of old fuse boxes and for a very good reason. They have adapted to the change in the amount of power newer appliances, and household items can suck up. A fuse box can’t compete with most of the surge-worthy items used in an everyday setting. There’s nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of a big dinner, turning on your mixer, and suddenly you’re in the dark! Or worse, a fuse can overload itself and spark and cause a very dangerous fire that isn’t easily contained.

Besides eliminating the risk of electrical fire or being left without power, upgrading your old fuse panel allows for the possibility of homeowner’s insurance. Nowadays a home with an outdated fuse panel could easily be denied coverage because it’s a known danger and should be taken care of accordingly, otherwise, risk a fire and no coverage to help sustain your home after all is said and demolished. 

That’s a definite no-no.

Upgrading also allows you never to have to fuss over fuses ever again. Circuit breakers eliminate the need for fuses and installing fuses. Unfortunately, in some cases, the wrong size fuse in an old panel could also cause a fire, due to it not fitting correctly while in use.

The whole process seems like it could cost a pretty penny, but it is surprisingly affordable. It’s best to have a licensed professional, such as Leinster Electric, evaluate your electrical panels and determine if it’s time to upgrade your fuse box. You will be given an estimation, and you can decide from there what’s best for you and your family’s home. It’s a wonderful feeling having the piece of mind that running the microwave and a/c at the same time won’t end up in another blackout.

Does turning off the lights save on the electric bill?

turn off lightIt’s an old tale that switching the lights off to a room can save you money. That tale is true but doesn’t save you much depending on which lightbulb you have. But is some light bulbs worth the energy of turning off?

Not all bulbs have the same efficiency. The amount of electricity you save by turning that switch off depends on the light bulb being used in your household. 

  • Incandescent 

One 60-watt incandescent uses 0.06 kWh (kilowatt) of electricity per hour. At $0.11 per kWh an 1,000 hours of use, that bulb consumes $6.60 in electricity per year. 

  • Halogen 

One 43 watt halogen bulb used around 25% less electricity compared to the Incandescent bulb, each bulb costing on average around $4.73 per 1,000-hour use. 

  • Compact Fluorescents 

One 15-watt Compact Fluorescent bulb uses around 75% less energy compared to the Incandescent bulb, costing about $1.65 per bulb for every 1,000 hours of usage. 

  • LED Bulb

The LED bulb is 80% more efficient compared to the Incandescent bulb, a single 12-watt lightbulb costs around $1.32 per 1,000 hours of usage. 

This doesn’t sound like a lot per single bulb. However the average household has around 40 bulbs in use, which accounts for about 20% of your electric bill. Looking at closer numbers, that’s about...

  • 24 each year for 10 Incandescent bulbs left on a single hour per day 
  • $17 a year for 10 Halogen bulbs left running an hour daily 
  • $6 per year for 10 Compact Fluorescents left on for an hour daily 
  • $5 per year for 10 LEDs left on for an hour daily 

 Building better habits (like turning the light off when leaving a room) takes extra time, turning the lights off saves money and energy. This small effort can make a huge impact when multiplied by the number of households and businesses across the U.S., and when combined with these decisions, it not helps your wallet, but the environment. 

If you’re tired of going back and fourth to deal with lights you or your family members left on, you may want to consider options such as dimmers, timers, and motion detectors. Don’t add extra money to your electric bill, keep the lights off and help your wallet and the environment. 

Are your office lights bad for your health?

office lighting healthIf you haven’t made the switch from traditional fluorescent lighting to LED lights in your office yet, you may want to consider it now  to improve your health and the health of your employees. 

LED lights to give off a whiter light than traditional compact fluorescent bulbs- resulting in less strain to your eyes when trying to read or focus. This is such a great benefit to reduce the strain your eyes already undergo during a day of staring at a computer monitor, spreadsheets or measurements. LED provides you with a clearer view of what you are looking at. Compact Fluorescent bulbs cast objects in a yellow glow, and light that is focused in one direction.

CFL light bulbs contain mercury - a highly toxic metal that poses serious health risks, while LED lights contain no such toxic chemicals or metals. Studies performed by the United States Department of Energy and scientists from Carnegie Mellon both found that LED lights are as efficient to manufacture as CFL lights and LEDs will become even more efficient in the future. With a market that’s rewarding businesses for going green by offering incentives for energy saving methods, LED lighting could benefit your business in more ways than one!

Latest Blog Posts

Do ceiling fans keep me cool and lower my electric bill?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

While retail sales of the latest in air conditioner technologies continue to grow, many homeowners are still underestimating the value of ceiling fans even though when used correctly, they can lower the temperature of a room up to five degrees.

Read more...

What is a Swidget?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

An outlet that can do it all is the goal of the makers of the Swidget. A Swidget is an outlet that has been adapted to more modern times. In fact, this invention is so modern it’s created on a future-minded basis. This ensures that this product will stand with the times and have the functionality to work alongside more developed and advanced technology.

Read more...