May is Electrical Safety Month. As we wrap up May and charge full speed into summer, it’s important to take a moment to check some important things around your home and business. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi) has put together a great list of resources that remind you how to prevent electrocutions and reduce your risk of a home fire.
Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, electrical safety should be a top priority in your home. Awareness of electrical hazards is the key to reducing the staggering number of electrically-related home fires, injuries and deaths that occur every year.
Prevent Electrical Overloads – Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system.
Extension Cord Safety – Roughly 3,300 home fires originate in extension cords each year, killing 50 people and injuring 270 more. Extension cords can overhead and cause fires when used improperly, so keep these important tips in mind to protect your home and workplace.
Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Working smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a home fire, but there is more you need to do to ensure your family is prepared to safely escape from a fire emergency.
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Electrical Safety – Review ESFI recommendations and safety tips before you decide to tackle electrical projects in your home.
Virtual Home – Take a tour of ESFI’s interactive virtual home for a visual introduction to your home electrical system and safety tips for using common electrical devices.
Electrical Safety Videos – ESFI’s video library contains a wide variety of safety videos that demonstrate critical home electrical safety concepts and tips. Many videos are also available in Spanish.
Home Safety Checklists – Use these easy checklists to help you identify and correct electrical and fire hazards in your home before a serious incident occurs.
Need a professional to take a look? Let Trinity Electrical give you a hand. We are licensed, bonded & insured with over 20 years of experience in the electrical field. The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer. Give our offices a call today: 630-499-1492.
Do you care about Radon?
You should. Radon is deadly. It claims the lives of 21,000 people every year in the United States alone. That averages to almost 60 deaths each day, or 2 deaths every hour.
If you don’t care about radon, you don’t know that it is naturally occurring. Radon is the result of uranium breaking down in the rocks and soil. It then presents as a radioactive gas, which is cancer causing. The worst part about not caring about radon is that you might not know that it CAN be fixed!
Even thought it is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, you can detect radon. There are two types of tests you can conduct. One is a short term test and one is a long term test. You can read more about the differences of these two tests by clicking here. You will know if you need to install a radon mitigation system if your levels are higher than the EPA’s action limit of 4.0 pCi/L. These systems help reduce the levels of radon in your home by redirecting it outside. Once outside, the radon is diluted by the air.
Radon mitigation systems should be installed by a licensed radon mitigation professional. The state of Illinois does not allow companies to test & mitigate radon. This keeps companies from having a conflict of interest. A radon tester will never tell you that you have a higher level of radon just so they can perform a mitigation, because they CANNOT perform a mitigation!
A licensed radon mitigation professional will develop a custom system for your home. The system, if installed properly, will reduce the levels of radon in your home below the action level.
Are you looking for somebody who cares about radon? Trinity Electrical & Radon Mitigation is the company for you! We care about radon and the safety of your family. Give us a call today: 630-499-1492.
Reducing electricity energy use in your home saves you money, increases our energy security, and reduces the pollution that is emitted from non-renewable sources of energy. If you are planning to install a small renewable energy system to make your own electricity, such as a solar electric system or small wind turbine, reducing electricity loads is the first step—saving you money by allowing you to purchase a smaller system.
There are many ways to start reducing electricity use in your home:
- Appliances and electronics — Purchase energy-efficient products and operate them efficiently. Use an advanced power strip to reduce “vampire loads”–electricity that is wasted when electronics are not in use.
- Lighting — Purchase energy-efficient products, operate them efficiently, and incorporate more daylighting into your home using energy-efficient windows and skylights.
- Electric space heating and cooling — Purchase energy-efficient electric systems and operate them efficiently. Incorporate passive solar design concepts into your home, which include using energy-efficient windows. Properly insulate and air seal your home. Select an energy-efficient heating system that doesn’t use electricity.
- Electric water heating — Purchase an energy-efficient electric water heater and operate it efficiently. Or select an energy-efficient water heater that doesn’t use electricity.
To improve the overall energy efficiency of your home, see home energy audits.
TIME-BASED ELECTRICITY RATES
To help reduce their peak power demands and save money, many utilities are introducing programs that encourage their customers to use electricity during off-peak hours. The programs pass on the savings to you, the customer, through rebates or reduced electricity rates.
Smart meters and home energy management systems allow customers to program how and when their home uses energy. Such programs might charge you the actual cost of power at any one time, ranging from high prices during times of peak demand to low prices during off-peak hours. If you are able to shift your power use to off-peak times — such as running your dishwasher late in the evening — these programs can save you money while helping your utility.
Time-based rates are very attractive to owners of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles since typically these vehicles are recharged at night. See buying and driving fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles for more information.
Thank you to the U.S. Department of Energy for this information.