Electrician Discuss Need for Electrical Updates


Electrical maintenance, electrical replacements, and electronic improvements are needed from time to time due to the age of your home and wear and tear on the electrical equipment that provides your home electricity.  To improve safety and power to your home, you may need an electrician to update your electrical panel.  

Homes need more electricity than ever before. Your electrical panel must be able to distribute this power efficiently and safely. In the past, the regular home could have general lighting for each room with a pair of receptacles. A household would have what are now basic electrical equipment and major home appliances, and most likely they would have only one of them. Gadgets that are so much a part of our lives today didn’t even exist, no computers, no comparable home entertainment systems, no cell phones to charge. An old electrical panel will eventually succumb to the rigors of today’s world, and we’ll give you an idea of what to look for to make sure you and your loved ones are not in imminent danger.

Why do you need to update your electrical panel?

Requirements-Consider this, the houses were originally designed with approximately 50 amps to power the entire building. Newer households can easily quadruple the amount of electricity, central air conditioning and double ovens in perpetual use, and multiple televisions and electronics can be used simultaneously. Older systems have not been designed for this purpose and are capable of overloading and triggering damage.

Battery Advantages–An additional battery reduces the chance of blowing a fuse, which usually happens at the most inconvenient times. Upgrades will improve your ability to run a number of high-powered machines and electronic devices. You can go ahead and plan some celebrations and family get-togethers without worrying about your electronics.

Selling the house, huh? Upgrading your electrical system will add value to your home if you ever want to put it on the market.

Wondering when you need to upgrade?

There are a few telling signs that you need upgrades: your circuit breakers often travel.

  • The colors are dark when you turn on other equipment.
  • You need to use adapters or extension cords for additional outlet space.

If your circuit breaker does not run when the circuit is overloaded, the problem is that there is a loose connection somewhere in the circuit and you will want to consult with an Electrician like Bay Area Electrical. Due to inexperience, homeowners often replace it with a larger circuit breaker than the wire can support, which in itself poses another fire hazard.

The difficulty of the work depends on the number of design changes that have been made to the house over the years. Typically, the fewer changes are made to the original layout of the building, the simpler the work. No matter how complex the wiring system is, the primary concern is to make your home safer and better prepared for the demands of life in our time. No, untrained homeowners should try to upgrade their systems, which can be dangerous and costly.  Please contact a licensed electrician for professional home upgrades.


Eco-Friendly Landscape Considerations

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Greenscaping is part of a larger shift toward more environmentally friendly, low-impact living that is gaining traction among homeowners in the United States for their landscapes. Here are a few tips to help make a little greener your yard.

Eco-Friendly Ideas

Waste Not Want Not: 

Everybody wants to see their lawn and garden lush and green, but the American lawn needs a lot of water to do well. Consider substituting some of your greedy grasses with drought-resistant plants to reduce water bills and watering time. Usually, Americans overwater their lawns, wasting millions of dollars and gallons of water every year. Using organic methods to reduce the need for irrigation and artificial fertilizers, such as installing bark mulches or recycling grass clippings into the lawn. Greenscaping encourages soil that is safe. To promote natural growth and greening, put on a good set of garden gloves, grab some tools, and aerate the dirt around your plants.

Healthy Dirt Grows Healthy Plants: 

Choose native plants for your area that are already acclimatized so they can grow with less effort. Do a soil test to analyze your lawn and garden’s health chemically so that you can identify which nutrients to return to the soil. Dousing your yard with chemicals from home and garden shop is not just wasting your money and damaging the environment— it’s actually ruining your soil over time. Practice composting with the nutrients and microbial life forms that are lacking to help revitalize the soil. Increasing your yard’s biodiversity with plants supporting pollinators such as butterflies, bees and birds. Your yard is a tiny ecosystem, and the more resilient it is to damage, the better and more inclusive it is.

Add quality and productivity: 

To grow some of our food at home is one way we can all live more sustainably. Designating a portion of your yard as a food garden will help your family eat better and save money, while at the same time reducing the production of greenhouse gasses generated by moving food from the countryside to our cities and suburban areas. Foods lose phytonutrients with age, so the more fruits and veggies you get out of them, the fresher they get. You will also know how safe they have been developed and how free they are from harmful pesticides. Wherever possible, use locally adapted heirloom seeds to increase yields and benefit most from nutrient value and deliciousness.

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Think Outside The Nursery: 

Xeriscaping is one hot trend in ecological landscaping, encouraging a landscape style with minimal watering. This is commonly done by cactus gardens in the drought-prone areas of the American southwest. But in the South, to integrate natural water sources, it can make use of a variety of natural plants that are adapted to the region and carefully constructed irrigation. It also highlights architectural elements such as zen gardens, stone shows, and colorful mulches. Consider adding to the natural environment hardscape elements such as paths and seating.

Greenscaping is part of a broader trend to live a safer, more prosperous, more environmentally conscious life. We can start by making better, more natural choices in our own backyards. You may adopt a plan to create a healthier environment, either starting from scratch or updating your existing Landscape. Build deliberately and with an eye to usability. Choose local plants and focus on traditional, natural fertilizer and pest control approaches. Conserve water and use passive solar energy to light outdoors. Responsible practices in landscaping will save time and money— and help care for the environment.  If you need assistance with your Landscape Design to feel free to consult with Tacoma Landscapings for your next project.