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How much energy is used by your home’s lighting?
Electric lighting burns up to 25% of the average home energy budget! The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly developing lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting.
LED is a highly energy-efficient lighting technology, and has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in the United States. Residential LEDs, especially ENERGY STAR-rated products, use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.
Should you replace your old receptacles & switches?
Receptacles have metal contact points for hot, neutral, and ground connections that, over time, wear out and lose their gripping power to hold cords tightly. This creates dangerous exposed contact points on the plug and little or no contact with the receptacle blades, which produces heat in the receptacle and the cord. The heat will cause damage to the wiring and likely lead to a circuit breaker tripping or a fuse blowing. As a safety measure, replace all worn out, cracked, or damaged receptacles, all non-polarized receptacles, or any that feel warm to the touch.
How many times have you flipped your light switches off and on over the years? Chances are the switch has been flipped thousands of times. Over time the springs and contact points inside the switch wear out. When the spring lacks enough tension to ensure a tight connection, resistance and heat will increase – causing a potentially hazardous situation. Any switch that feels warm or “sizzles” should be replaced immediately.
Old, outdated, painted-over receptacles and switches just look bad. Give your home a “face-lift” by replacing all those worn out receptacles and switches. Your home will look 20 years younger!
When should you consider replacing or upgrading your electrical panel?
The following are common signs that your panel may be unsafe:
- Flickering lights
- Lights dimming
- Outlets work inconsistently
- Constantly tripping breakers/fuse
Old or failing panels may show signs of:
- Loose, burning connections
- Signs of arcing
- Damaged – physical, water
- Obsolete (Zinsco, FPE, Pushmatic®)
- Lacking safety features of modern equipment
- Not compatible with modern Fire-Guard breakers
Why choose Burly Girl to replace your panel?
We’re Residential Experts
- We specialize in existing residential home electrical systems
- Residential code requirements and updates
- Advanced technology
- Respectful of your family and property
- Integrity as well as competency
- Longer life
- Meet or exceed local codes
- Permitted and inspected
- Done right the first time
Industry-Leading Warranties & Guarantees
- Our Client-Care Guarantee
- Total No-Lemon Guarantee
- Manufacturer’s Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Delivery-Date Guarantee
- Code and Safety Guarantee
What is the lifespan of a smoke alarm?
Most alarms installed today have a lifespan of about 8 to 10 years. After this time, the entire unit should be replaced.
-Federal Emergency Management Agency
Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hardwired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
-National Fire Protection Association