- Never overload your outlets. Although you may have the space in an outlet, power strip or on an extension cord to plug in yet another device, that doesn’t always mean you should use it. Electrical circuits are equipped for a finite amount of support, and excess burden can cause them to blow or start a fire.
- Get an electrical inspection before you purchase a home. While all new homebuyers get a general home inspection, a home inspector doesn’t examine the electrical components as carefully as an electrician would. Hire a certified electrician to give the residence a thorough electrical inspection, especially if it’s older. They can tell you if the house is up to code and flag any potential problems that should be fixed prior to finalizing the sale.
- There are vampires in your house. Electrical devices that use remote controls or have a “standby” mode need to maintain a steady stream of power. Phone and laptop chargers draw power even when not plugged into their devices. These energy “vampires” are often the culprits behind soaring high utility bills. You can't unplug everything, but pulling the plug on a few items, such as the coffeemaker, chargers and the VCR, can help reduce your energy consumption.
- All electricians are not created equal. Like a good doctor, a good electrician is an invaluable asset. A smart way to find a qualified electrician is by asking your friends or neighbors for referrals and by checking his or her online reviews. Your electrician should also be fully up to date on current code requirements and have a list of references available. There are hundreds of licensed electricians out there, so it’s worth taking the time to ensure that you’re making a good choice.
M.R. Electricians specializes in residential and commercial installation, repair, and maintenance of electrical work in Rockville, MD, Washington, DC and the surrounding area. If you’re ready to increase the safety and security of your home or business, please contact our highly skilled team for a free consultation.
About M.R. Electricians: Since 1996, M.R. Electricians has been serving the electrical needs of homeowners and businesses throughout Montgomery County, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and surrounding areas. The company also specializes in commercial fire protection, contract needs from small tenant fit outs to whole building installations, and motor controls for industrial spaces. From major renovations to the smallest of electrical jobs, the family-owned company is committed to providing high quality products, superior results, and unmatched customer service. Regarded as a leader in the electrical industry, M.R. Electricians has set the standard for excellence in the region. For more information, please visit the website at https://www.mrelectricians.us or call 301.871.0477.