The three- or two-prong adapter, which is also called a cheater plug, allows you to connect a three-pronged plug to a non-grounded receptacle that only has two slots. These are mainly used for plugging in electronics and appliances to the older two-prong receptacles. Continue reading
Are you having to go to the circuit breaker so often that you are frustrated and annoyed, there’s a good chance that your electrical panel is working overtime. An outdated and overworked electrical panel is a hassle that no homeowner should have to deal with. Continue reading
You have likely heard about modern outlet options, such as smart outlets, but there are many different outlet options you can choose for your home. Each outlet is designed with certain applications in mind. This is why it’s a good idea to get to know the options that are available. Continue reading
If you knew how much energy you were wasting without knowing it, it would make your head spin. You’re in luck because Fusion Electric in Kansas City is here to offer a few tips on how to cut down on energy hogging and start seeing some real savings on your energy bill, as well as how to make your home safer.
Sure there are many other things you can do to save electricity and reduce bills, like upgrading appliances to energy efficient models, and installing energy efficient windows, but we chose these three because they are easy, fast, and relatively inexpensive, so you can do it today and start saving immediately.
Change All of Your Light Bulbs to LED Bulbs
If you haven’t done this yet, do it now. Not only will you be saving energy, but you won’t have to replace another light bulb for years! Really…years! LED Lights are leading the light bulb revolution by using 25%-80% less power and lasting 3-25 times longer than conventional light bulbs. They cost a little more upfront, but by the time you factor in how many incandescent bulbs you will have gone through before the LED burns out, you’re coming out ahead and you don’t have to deal with burnt out bulbs every few months.
Get Smart with Your Power Strips
Smart power strips save energy in a number of ways. There are three types of smart power strips. One is power strips that are timer-equipped with programmable timers that shut off the products being powered by them at the time that you choose. The second type has a motion sensor that can detect movement and turn on any devices they power based on your presence. The third variety works with your computer monitor, sensing when it enters low power mode and working with its own power management.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Smart thermostats are the ultimate money-saving solution for heating and cooling your home. Considering that heating and cooling account for roughly half of your energy bills, this is an area where you can see real savings. According to the Energy Star website, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. If your annual heating and cooling bills are average, around $2,000 a year, you can save up to $200 a year.
Some smart thermostats connect to your smartphone using a downloadable app, enabling you to monitor and control the heating of your home even more efficiently from anywhere.
Get smart and install these electrical upgrades today to start saving money tomorrow. If you need help installing a programmable thermostat, give Fusion Electric a call at (913) 648-9487 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.
With all of the USB-dependent devices found in almost every home in the U.S. today, this upgrade will come in super handy. Stop relying on AC adapters to charge your devices. Instead of having dozens of adapters to charge several devices at once, there is another option. Simply install a USB outlet in place of your traditional outlets.
Under Cabinet Outlets
Even better, install your outlets under your cabinets. Not only will your walls look sleeker, you’ll have easy access for countertop appliances.
Related Read: Looking for other ways to update the electrical layout of your home? Read our blog post 5 Simple, but Awesome Electrical Updates to Your Kitchen.
Add a glow of warmth and keep family members safe on late-night bathroom runs with these handy illuminated baseboards. Don’t want to replace your baseboards? You can also add rope lights along the top of your existing baseboards.
Never wonder what’s at the back of the shelf again when you head to the pantry. These lights automatically come on when the doors are opened. If you have a walk-in pantry, you can have a motion-sensor light installed in there too so it’s easy to see and no one forgets to turn the light off!
If you’d like to add any of these upgrades to your home, let the talented team of electricians at Fusion Electric help. Call us today at 913-563-7975 for all of your Kansas City area home’s electrical needs.
We use electricity in our homes today now more than ever before, so electrical upgrades make sense. It’s no longer realistic to have just enough electricity to power lights and a few major appliances. Today’s family typically has multiple electronic devices, multiple TVs, electric cooktops, pool or spa pumps, central air conditioning…the list goes on!
If you live in an older home, there’s a good chance that your electrical system isn’t up to the job of powering your modern lifestyle safely and efficiently. What’s more, there will eventually come a time when you, or perhaps your children, will want to sell your home, and the more modern and “up-to-code” the electrical system, the better off you’ll be when that day arrives.
Here are 5 upgrades to consider that will not only bring your home into the 21st century and prepare it for a more efficient future:
1. Upgrade Your Electrical Meter to 200-Amp Service
As mentioned, most homes today use a number of power-hungry appliances and devices. A 100-amp service may have been fine a couple of decades ago, but that’s no longer the case. Upgrading to a 200-amp service for your electrical meter will go a long way toward serving your demands for power now and into the future.
2. Invest in Structured Wiring
A standard electrical upgrade maintains the value of your home, but adding structured wiring (heavy-duty data cables) which enables the latest features of TVs, stereo equipment, computers, security systems, etc., can actually increase the value of your home.
3. Add AFCI and GFCI Devices
Most building codes today require these electrical safety devices be installed in all new homes for good reason. Protecting your family against electrical fires with an ACFI (arc fault circuit interrupter) and against deadly electric shocks with GCFI (ground fault circuit interrupters), just makes sense. (If the technology exists to prevent an accident, why not use it?!)
4. USB Ports in Electrical Outlets
With so many electrical devices these days — smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. — the convenience of having multiple USB ports or a USB hub — is undeniable!
5. Bury the Power Lines
Not only do buried power lines eliminate the tangle of wires running from the street to your house, they also protect wires against damage from falling limbs during thunderstorms, wind gusts and winter snow or ice events.