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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 Nowadays a home with an outdated fuse panel could easily be denied coverage because it’s a known danger and should be taken care of accordingly, otherwise, risk a fire and no coverage to help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!

LED Christmas Lights

Nicole Stevens

led christmas lightsAs soon as Thanksgiving dinner goes down, Christmas lights go up. For many families, it’s become a tradition in their homes, whether it be putting them up or just enjoying them around the neighborhood. As technology advances, it doesn’t skip the holiday décor. LEDs have made their way into Christmas decorating, and it is here to stay. It may be time to upgrade your holiday cheer this year and go full LED for a dazzling light effect!

Whether you plan to go full on Griswold’s or do a little more low-key lighting this holiday season, LED is the way to go. The benefits are staggering and blow old, traditional bulbs out of the water. One of the best benefits of using LED is how eco-friendly it is. Less energy means a better environment, as well all know. So it should be a no-brainer when LED Christmas lights consume only 5 watts of power vs. a whopping 20 watts of power for a traditional strand of lights.

Another big advantage is the shelf life of LED Christmas lights. Mechanically speaking, they were built to last. Unlike traditional Christmas lighting, there is no element inside the lights, causing heat and shorting out. This makes LED sets last ten times longer than any traditional strand lights. It also keeps the home safe, seeing as faulty wiring (i.e., old, traditional Christmas lights) can cause a potential fire inside and outside the home. LED Christmas lights eliminate that risk.

So you’ve got all these advantages and of LED Christmas lights, but what about the main course? How much do LEDs typically cost? Well, a strand of LED Christmas lights is typically a little over double that of a traditional strand of Christmas lights. In mass quantities, this can add up sure, but seeing the amount saved on the power bill during those brightly lit nights easily makes up for the one time cost of the lights themselves.  Not to mention how long they last, so replacements aren’t going to be needed for at least a decade.

Full of LED Christmas lighting is the smart way to brighten up your home for the holidays. Year after year your family can enjoy the festive lights beaming brightly throughout the season with no worries of bulb burnouts, frayed wires, or unwanted Christmas fires.

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Heated Flooring

by Nicole Stevens

heated flooringImagine waking up on a cold winter morning, still comfortable and warm in bed, eventually getting up to  start the day and your feet hit an icy cold floor! It shakes the comfort right out of any morning. Sure, you could wear socks, but even they aren’t immune to the sting of a frosty uncarpeted floor. But there is another alternative that gets rid of that annoying cold floor for good, and that alternative is heated flooring. Heated flooring in itself is pretty self-explanatory, but how exactly does it work? And is never having cold tootsies again worth it? Continue reading and find out!

Heated floors are powered by a radiant heating system. Radiant heating is the same kind of effect an open oven has once heat escapes the confines of the oven. According to energy.gov, “The systems depend largely on radiant heat transfer -- the delivery of heat directly from the hot surface to the people and objects in the room via infrared radiation." The report goes on to say “Despite its name, radiant floor heating depends heavily on convection, the natural circulation of heat within a room as the air warmed by the floor rises." There are also three types of heated floor systems; air-heated, electric, and hydronic. The most popular out of the three being hydronic (which means the liquid is circulating) and is also the most cost-effective where available.

So is all the installing and work worth the  result? Well, the shelf (or in this case, floor) life of heated flooring can last up to 35 years, so it’s a sound investment. It is also a great add-on feature if the home were to ever be up for sale! Having heated flooring sounds like it would tack on more to utility bills every month, but quite contrary. The heat radiating from the floors, generally warming the feet, keeps the body at a comfortable temperature, making it easier on the thermostat in the winter. Sure, you could get a portable heater, but almost all of them have an odd sort of humming sound that is quite annoying if it’s often run  throughout the cold months. A heated flooring system creates no extra noise and lessens the usage of the central air in the home, pushing out allergens that could affect allergy sufferers. Another great benefit is that it doesn’t have to be all over the entire house! With the electrical heating system, mats can be placed under certain areas of the floor to centralize the flow of warmth.

Ultimately, having a heated floor system is a smart and comforting addition to a home in the winter, or anytime there’s a chill in the air. Never start your day on the wrong side of the bed to a cold floor ever again!

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