During the winter months, many homeowners in Waldorf face a bit of a battle with their household budgets. It can be hard to keep winter utility bills under control while keeping the house warm and cozy. However, when you set out to discover some creative ways to reduce your electric bill, you might find that it is easier than you expected. And it might even be a worthwhile project that the entire family can take on to have some fun while learning to live more energy-efficiently.
We all seem to be pre-programmed during the winter to close the curtains and blinds to keep the house warm. And that is perfect for the cold winter nights. However, if you are not opening the window treatments during the sunny warm days, you are giving up an opportunity for some free heat. So once the sun is up, be sure to open the blinds and let that radiant heat warm your home. But be sure to keep track of the sun’s movement to close the blinds after the warming rays have passed.
If you have small children in the house, this can be a fun game. First, point out the warming value of the sunlight and let them feel how nicely it warms the windows of your home. Then touch a window in the shade and let them experience the chilling difference.
Another great family project that will warm the house is baking. The winter months are the perfect time to take advantage of indoor togetherness to create some quality family time and added heat in your home. Baking cookies or preparing a dinner that involves baking will add residual heat to your house while you get everyone involved in making dinner or a special treat.
Kids can make almost anything a game. And this game can offer some real-life learning experiences. Energy vampires are all the devices in your home that steal power, even when you think they are turned off. It could be a television in the guest room and its cable box, a toaster oven and air fryer combo with a clock display, or a tablet charger stealing power and your money.
The first step is to understand and teach children what these little vampires are and how they cost you money. Any device that:
All of these items are wasting power and need to be unplugged to stop them from draining energy and your wallet. Make a game of going through the house to eliminate the vampires and save money on the electric bill. Keep score to see who can be the biggest vampire slayer.
To learn more about reducing your winter electric bill, call (703) 463-9866 to speak to Circuit Doctors experts.
Many homeowners are looking for ways to increase the value and enjoyment of their homes after the last few years of limited access to many activities. One of the most popular and missed activities for many families was a trip to the movie theater. So creating a home theater has become quite a popular project. But without a bit of help from some professionals, the results are going to be B-rated at best. So our pros have come together to create a list of 4 essential tips to keep in mind when you embark on creating your home theater.
When considering a home theater, it could mean juggling a few other spaces to have the ideal setting for your big screen. Before selecting the room, be sure to consider all of the following criteria carefully:
Don’t just imagine the dark room you want while the movie is playing. Think about the fade out of the lighting in a theater. You should consider a dimmer for the lighting to allow for some ambient light if someone enters or exits the room. You might also want to add fun lighting on the walls to mimic the look of a candy counter and include small lights to illuminate when refilling drinks or snacks during the show.
A great home theater is going to rock the room with sound. Check out the different options for sound systems and installation. Be sure you are considering:
Your electrician will be a tremendous asset when it comes to planning and installing all the features of your home theater. You might not know about the special wiring requirements for surround sound or how to get the speakers and necessary wiring to the appropriate locations. But your licensed electrician is sure to have all the answers.
Other considerations regarding the wiring and electrical setup should include:
While this all sounds like a lot to coordinate, it is all in a day’s work for the licensed electricians at Circuit Doctors. So call (703) 463-9866 to schedule an appointment to discuss all of your ideas and hopes for your new theater system and how our experts can help you turn that dream into a reality.
With winter just around the corner, many Waldorf homeowners are looking for ways to control their electric bills in the coming months. It feels like the cost to heat your home is constantly increasing. So staying within your household budget is always a stressful balancing act. However, when you follow a few tips from the electrical pros at Circuit Doctors, you can be on your way to lower energy bills and a less stressful winter.
The HVAC system is usually the leading energy consumer in the household. So if you can manage your home’s heating more efficiently this fall and winter, you could be enjoying significant savings on your electric bills. These few simple tips can help take a bite out of your winter heating bills.
Your home’s water heater is likely the second-biggest consumer of energy behind the HVAC equipment. A few simple tips can let everyone in the house pitch in to save hot water and money this winter.
For more tips and help reducing your winter electric bills, call (703) 463-9866. The licensed electricians at Circuit Doctors have many more suggestions and can help by installing energy-efficient lighting and appliances in your home.
With over 25,000 electrical fires in homes across the United States each year, it is essential that every homeowner understand some basic electrical safety tips to prevent electrical fires in their homes. Some of the information can seem very basic or even common sense. But it is shocking how many times each year, an electrical house fire is caused by these issues that could have been avoided. So please read these simple tips and share them with everyone in the household to prevent a life-threatening fire in your Waldorf home.Read More
As winter nears, many Waldorf homeowners are looking for creative options for heating their homes. And one of the latest choices is the addition of an electric fireplace. But consumers want to know more about these fixtures and what the pros are saying about them before they opt to install an electric fireplace in their home. So we have gathered all the essential information for you to review when deciding if an electric fireplace is the right choice for your home this winter.Read More
Most homeowners only have a vague idea of what their electrical panel is and where it is located. It is the large box that is mounted where all the electrical service enters your house. And hopefully, yours has many circuit breakers in it rather than fuses. If you still have a fuse box in your home, it is well past time for an electrical panel upgrade to a breaker panel. Fuses are far less safe and effective. However, just because you have breakers does not mean that you do not need an electrical panel upgrade. Understanding what that electrical panel does will help you understand why it needs to be in top condition and a current model.Read More
Most homeowners love power strips for their added function when outlets are maxed out. You might love everything about your quaint 1960s home, except the lack of outlets on the kitchen counter. As a result, there is no place to plug in a coffee maker, toaster oven, and that cool blender that makes the perfect smoothie. But one power strip can solve all those outlet issues. And one in each room makes your humble abode perfect in every way. Or does it?Read More
If you are thinking about a remodel or even house shopping, knowing a bit about GFCI outlets can help you with your task at hand. In the case of a remodel, you will need to include GFCIs in areas that could potentially be moist. In most cases, that consists of the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry area, and places with a sink or access to water. But you should understand that these outlets deliver a great deal of safety to you and anyone in your home, so never cut a corner and try to eliminate the use of these only slightly more expensive outlets.Read More
Most homeowners take modern lighting for granted. We never lived in a time when candles provided lighting. All we ever needed to do was flip a switch and have instant access to reliable and safe lighting. But there has been one significant advance in recent years that you might not be aware of or taking advantage of. LED lighting is the newest form of lighting and offers many benefits to homeowners and the planet.Read More
Over the last year, many residents have discovered more advantages to working at home than they ever imagined. Once they got used to the solitude, they began to embrace the casual attire, better coffee and snacks than the break room, and lack of time wasted on their commute. However, they also quickly discovered that the spare bedroom was not quite as conducive to work. But with a few changes and the help of a licensed electrician, that extra bedroom or space in the basement or loft could become a very functional and comfortable office.Read More