Who Needs Electric Generators?

Electric generators

Electric generators are great tools to have when there is any kind of emergency that causes the power to go out. Many businesses, schools, public buildings and even homes have backup electric generators that can be utilized when needed. However, it is still important to always rely on a licensed electrician when dealing with electric problems.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, approximately 55,000 fires a year are caused by home-based electrical systems. These fires have resulted in over 500 deaths and 1,400 injuries, and they result in over $1.4 billion in property damage. Trying to do home electrical repairs or hooking up residential generators on your own is not the best course of action. Generator installation should be done by a trained professional.

If the goal is to save money, there are other things you can do to save electrical costs without sacrificing the safety and integrity of your home. For example, you can resist the urge to set your heat really high in the winter. Keeping it at 70 degrees during the winter months will keep the house comfortable. You can also lower the thermostat to 60 degrees if you are going to be gone for days at a time. However, do not turn it off completely. If the temperature outside drops enough, it may cause your pipes to freeze.

If you are trying to lower your utility costs, you should also replace air filters on a monthly basis. Have a pre-programmable thermostat installed, so the temperature can adjust based on when people are home. This has demonstrated to save an average of $180 a year in energy costs.

Another option is ensuring that you are not losing heat through uninsulated ducts or doors and windows with poor seals. Losing air through poor insulation and sealing can cost a lot when it comes to your monthly energy costs. Proper sealing will also save energy costs during the summer when you?re running your air conditioner.

Air conditioners account for roughly 5% of all the electricity produced in the US. Currently, two-thirds of all homes have air conditioners, which cost homeowners over $11 billion each year. Installing a high-efficiency air conditioner and maintaining regular maintenance appointments can reduce individual cooling costs by 20% to 50%. Depending on your total electric bill, is can be a significant amount.

Regular maintenance is important regardless of whether you?re talking about your furnace, air conditioner, or generator. Generator preventative maintenance will ensure your generator is always ready to run efficiently when needed. Commercial generators also need regular maintenance.

Calling a trained technician for regular seasonal maintenance as well as installation and repairs will save you money on your energy costs. The money spent on the technician is merely an investment into your long-term energy efficiency and savings. The same line of thinking can be applied to electric generators. While it may seem like an unneeded expense, it can save you time and frustration down the road.

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