The economy is not doing that well and it is causing many individuals to opt for do it yourself methods of repair and remodeling. The plus side is that repairs and remodeling also help save on efficiency costs. It is important to note that while much can be DIY, people should be careful. Some types of electric repair must be done by a licensed electrician. It is also a good idea to look up the city, county, and state laws and codes before beginning any project.
Install a Ceiling Fan for Energy Efficiency
Installing a ceiling fan is one of the most common DIY projects. Make sure to turn the power off using the main breaker box. Remove the original light fixture. Remove the original light bracket and install the ceiling fan bracket. A consideration is a fan that uses a receiver for remote control so there are no unsightly chains hanging down. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions to properly install the receiver into the housing.
Attach the down rod to the motor and set in place. Use set screws and pins to secure it. Connect wiring then lift the canopy to cover and secure it with screws. Attach fan blades to blade carriers and mount the carrier brackets to the bottom of the motor. Affix the light to the switch housing. Raise the light fixture in place on the motor assembly. Attach decorative globes and screw in light bulbs. Flip breaker switch back on then turn on fan to ensure it and the lights work properly.
There are many DIY tasks that are simple enough to perform without an electrician. It cannot be stressed enough, though, how important it is to consult the city, county, and state electrical laws and codes. This will not only save money, time, and hassle, but it can also save lives. Improper wiring is an extreme fire hazard.
A Few Quick Energy Saving Tips
There are many simple electrical solutions to take to save energy and therefor money and the environment. Most of these steps do not cost any extra money. They simply require forethought and logic.
- Most ceiling fans have reverse switches. Counterclockwise creates a cool breeze while a clockwise direction redistributes warmer air.
- Make sure to turn off any appliance or fixture that is not in use. Check before going to bed to make sure this has been done. Items that are off but plugged in may still use a small amount of energy.
- Check all air and heating filters. These should be changed about every three months or every season that they have been in use. Filters may not always need to be changed so it is a good idea to clean the unit in this case. A can of air can be used for this process.
- Set the water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
- Make sure all of the thermostats are set to auto and not to the on position.
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