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Energy Saving Tips for Fall and Winter

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BRRR!! Now that the cold is starting to descend upon us Atlantic Canadians, it is time to think about bundling up battening down for the Winter. Save energy (and money) this fall by taking a few simple and inexpensive steps around the home! A number simple strategies can save you money across the entire cold season. Take a look below, and see if you could be doing more to save energy in your home this fall and winter!

Get an energy audit

Getting an energy audit will let you know where you stand in terms of efficiency. And it will give you a base comparison for any work you put into making your home more efficient. Also, here in Canada, the government often offers grants and cashback for increasing you efficiency numbers!

Cover drafty windows

If you have old aluminum frame or even wooden frame windows, you should cover them with a thin plastic film for the cold season. Most hardware stores sell kits, which will eliminate drafts, and in turn make your home warmer (and cheaper to heat) this winter.

Find leaks and seal them

Go around the house and feel for drafts, and seal them up! Some people will light a stick of incense on a windy day, and check around windows and doorways. Your best weapon against these will be caulking for windows, and weather striping for the doors. Also check around your chimney and even electric outlets! There are plenty of products on the market to address even these areas.

Adjust the temperature

Get yourself a modern programmable digital thermostat, and set it to keep the house cooler when you are at work. Here at Casa-de-Flinn, the heat kicks on a half an hour before the morning alarm goes off, and tones down at the end of the day for overnight.

Use the heat from the sun

The sun is a tremendous source of heat and energy and can help keep your home warm in the winter. Leave those blinds open on sunny days, and let the sunshine beam into your home. By doing so, you can easily add a few degrees of warmth to your home at absolutely no cost to you at all!

Keep your furnace maintained

A well-maintained furnace is much more efficient than one that is not. New filters, nozzles, and other wear-parts need to be replaced frequently. It may cost a little to have the experts come in and set it straight – but it will more than pay for itself over the course of the cold season.

Lower your Christmas lighting cost

Still using those old strings of Christmas lights? The modern LED lights will save you a bundle if you choose to upgrade – and they look better too!

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Helpful Tips – All about GFCI outlets

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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters or GFCIs are special electrical outlets designed to protect you. You’ll often find them close to water – in the bathroom, by the kitchen sink, in the garage or on the exterior of your home. GFCIs are specifically designed to for use in wet environments. This has to do with it’s design. A GFCI outlet constantly measures the current in both the black and white wires, and compares them. Any shift in either, and the outlet shuts off, protecting you from a porentially lethal electric shock. If you run over the electric lawn mower cord with the mower, or mistakenly drop a hairdryer in the sink, a GFCI will come to the rescue!

Here’s where you come into play. Every GFCI receptacle has two buttons on it – test and reset. You should be using these once a month to test the integrity of the outlet. It has moving metal parts, and is often in a wet environment, so it has potential for failure. To test it, just press the TEST button. The button will pop out and the circuit will shut off. Press RESET to turn the power back on. If the button isn’t working like it should, the unit should be replaced. Never replace a GFCI outlet with a regular one – always replace with another GFCI outlet.

If you have any questions or would rather leave the job to a pro, give us a call.

Fall Electrical Safety Tips

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As the temperature begins to drop this autumn, people start readying themselves for the upcoming winter here in Eastern Canada. Away goes the lawnmower and whipper snipper, and out come the electrical heaters and blankets. We’ve put together some great tips to help you prepare for the colder months.

  • When raking the yard, be sure to keep piles of leaves away from any outdoor outlets, lighting or power cords
  • Check the condition of all summer equipment you are storing away for the colder months (lawnmower, trimmer, clippers) AND the tools you are pulling from storage (leaf blower, snow blower). Pay particular attention to power cords looking for frays, rips or unusual wear and tear. Replace cords as required.
  • Disconnect and safely store any and all batteries that won’t be in use until spring. Trickle chargers and battery tenders are great for keeping them in prime shape until they are required again.
  • Inspect your outdoor outlets and upgrade them to GFCI outlets as necessary. Also install covers on them to protect them from moisture and corrosion.
  • Ensure all electrical blankets are in good condition, and are safety-certified by CSA, UL or ETL. Inspect cords for any frays, cracks or cuts.
  • Never put anything on top of your electric blanket (such as other comforters, duvets or beadspreads) while in use.
  • Never tuck in an electric blanket – under your mattress or your children.
  • Never allow pets to sleep on an electric blanket.
  • Consider layers of clothing for warmth, rather than an electric blanket. By layering up, you can keep heating costs down.

Helpful Tips – Label your Circuits!

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Whether you are a homeowner or just renting, you should always take the time to label your home’s circuits upon moving in. Then when the power suddenly cuts out, or you need to cut specific power for a project, you’ll be prepared! I even have a crude map taped to the inside of my fusebox, to show me where each area is. Room names change over the years – what was a rec room is now a bedroom, and the storage room is now an office!

Look around and locate that grey metal box – and if you have access, get in there and get labeling! To start just flip a switch, and see what went out. Chart lights, as well as outlets. When I used to do my outlets, I’d simply walk around with a small lamp. Nowadays, I own more gear, so I usually use one of the cool toys pictured. They test for live current and light up when they find it. You simply pop them into the outlet or a slot, and see. These are relatively inexpensive, and can be found at local retailers like Canadian Tire and Princess Auto.

Now that you’ve got your system labeled, it makes it easier the next time a storm rolls in and the power cuts out… or you put two 1500W heaters on the same circuit…. don’t ask. It also makes it easier for your favorite electrician, when you need to call in the pros to help you out.

Weclome to our BLOG!

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As some of you may have noticed, our website has recently undergone some changes. We’ve bolted into this century at warp speed, and now have a sleek, responsive new website courtesy of Richard Black of the local design and marketing firm, Rich Graphics. Part of this new site is the blog, where we intend to share tips, tricks, do’s and don’ts and other helpful information. Please come back to visit often, and subscribe to our RSS Feed to always keep informed!

Remember, Flinn Electric is always available for electrical needs! Whether it be commercial, industrial or even residential – son’t hesitate to reach out today. We are based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and proudly serve the greater Halifax area and beyond.