How to Maintain Energy Efficiency in Electrical Wires
Electricity is everywhere – its power can be harnessed at the flick of a switch to power anything from a kettle to the most heavyweight of machinery. And although we often take it for granted, it should never be taken lightly as even the smallest slip-up can have devastating consequences.
This is just one reason why it’s vitally important to make sure all electrical systems are up-to-date and properly maintained, whether at home, at work, or wherever.
So here are some ways to maintain energy efficiency in electrical wires…
Make sure wiring systems are up to date
As electrical systems age and deteriorate, they can easily become overloaded and cause fire or electrocutions. So if you’re buying a new home, or you’ve never had your system updated, you should have it inspected by a licensed inspector to identify potential hazards.
A good example of the types of property that should be inspected are any that are built during the 1960s and 1970s as this was a period of great change for electrical wiring systems.
For instance, if your home was built between 1962 and 1972, there’s a chance it was kitted out with an aluminium wiring system as this was the material of choice when the price of copper rocketed in the early 1960s. If so, you need to get it replaced as soon as possible as corrosion can lead to fire hazards. Consider PFA/FEB cables in your home as they can operate well at temperatures down to -260 degrees, as well as offering protection for up to +260 degrees. Find out more about FEB cable wire here.
If your house has any electricity sockets that don’t have three holes for the plug then it’s vital you get it replaced as grounded receptacles are now the rule. The third hole is grounded and if a short circuit occurs, this ensures the electric current trips a breaker or blows a fuse.
And check that your home’s fuse box or circuit panel is mapped so you can see exactly which room or area each fuse or switch serves. This is important as when a breaker trips it means something is wrong – this could be anything from a power surge during an electrical storm, to too many devices being used on a single circuit – and having it correctly mapped means you can quickly identify the problem and put it right.
Don’t overload your circuits
Electrocutions and electrical fires in the home are often caused by overloaded circuits, faulty wiring or misuse of appliances, so here are some ways in which you can minimise the risks:
- Never overload circuits with too many devices and never use cheap, and potentially unsuitable, adaptor plugs or power strips.
- Take time out each month to check all electrical cords, flexes, and connections on equipment for signs of wear. And keep all tools and equipment in good working order and away from dampness.
- Only use extension cords occasionally and make sure they are suitable for the types of tool or appliance being used, and avoid running cords under carpets or furniture.
- If you’ve got children, use plastic outlet guards and teach them not to poke around in sockets.
Check all contractors’ credentials
If you’re going to hire an electrical contractor for any jobs make sure they are fully licensed and always check their liability insurance to make sure you can hold them responsible should anything go wrong.