Most of us make resolutions this time of year – some health-related, some personal, and still others for your professional life. Don’t forget to add the home front category to your resolutions.
1. Install your smart home products.
Did you receive a Nest smart thermostat or Ring doorbell camera for Christmas? Don’t put off enjoying the benefits of a smart home. From the convenience of a programmable thermostat that you can control from your phone, to a smart smoke alarms or a SimpliSafe security system that will give you peace of mind, Santa Barbara Sparky can help you attain a connected home. While many devices can be easily installed into your existing home, if you want to have a truly cutting-edge home, you’ll need to hard-wire during a house remodel.
2. Replace lighting with energy-saving LEDs
Put your home on an energy diet! Count kilowatts instead of calories by replacing incandescent or CFL fixtures with long-lasting, energy-saving LED light bulbs. According to The Simple Dollar, “if you replaced 20 incandescent bulbs with LED light bulbs, you could save up to $3,260 over their 23-year lifespan.” Not only will you cut your electricity bill, but you’ll have to replace bulbs less often – convenient for those hard-to-reach fixtures like the chandelier in your two-story entryway.
3. Update your electrical panel or knob and tube.
Face it. You’ve been putting off your home’s electrical upgrade for long enough. To accommodate your 21st century home and all its electrical gadgets, you may need a brand new electrical panel. (Here are a few warning signs you’re overdue for a new panel: your breakers constantly trip, the lights dim when you turn on your dishwasher, or OMG – outlets sparking!) Speaking of fire hazards, if your vintage home still has dangerous knob and tube wiring, make this a priority for the safety of your family. A word of advice: Start the process now. With all the recent fires in California, So Cal Edison is taking longer to get to service requests. Santa Barbara Sparky can help guide you through the process from quoting to installation.
Make 2019 the year to finally get your electrical resolutions done!