Be safe, be cheap

by Donny on December 7, 2010

Do you have your Christmas tree and lights up yet? Are you going to put up any more lights?

Obviously, it costs more on your electric bill to run those fancy lights, but there are also dangers in installing them that people often tend to forget.

To have the safest and cheapest electricity bill possible, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Remember not to plug too many things into an outlet. This can cause the fuse to blow, and you can lose power in the room house, or that just that particular outlet, but avoid this as much as possible.

Of course, another danger about this is that it’s a major fire hazard.

If you still have the box that the lights came in, check it to see the appropriate amps.

Circuits in our homes are generally rated for somewhere between 15 and 20 amps. Keep in mind, a 20-am circuit’s safe usage is about 16 amps.

Once the lights are up and running, make sure to take proper precautions to avoid a fire and high energy rates on your next bill.

Limit the time the lights are on. Six hours a day is more than enough time.

Don’t put extension cords or light cords in places where it will be easy for people to walk on them.

The more you wear out a cord, the more energy it takes for the electricity to travel.

Of course, the size and amount of bulbs that you use will have an impact as well.

If you use too many small bulbs, it will likely cost more than a fewer big bulbs.

These are just a few things to keep in mind during the holiday season, but overall, most things are common sense.

If you have any questions or comments, or are in the market for electricity, you can shop, compare and choose a rate that works best for you as long as you’re in a deregulated are.

You can also call us at 1-800-971-4020 and one of our energy consultants will be happy to assist you with any of energy needs.

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