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Out of all the wiring devices in the Philippines, extension cords are probably one of the most flexible, and not just because they are usually quite long. Extension cords are considered to be flexible because unlike other wiring devices, you can take them anywhere! You can use them in any area of your house, and are also useful outside of your home.

Extension cords are very helpful but they too have limits. Without proper maintenance, you can damage your extension cords and, worse, put your life at risk. In order to avoid falling victim to electrical hazards, take care of your extension cords by following the safety tips below.

 

No Overloading

There are a lot of dos and don’ts when it comes to extension cords. One of the major don’ts is overloading, meaning plugging in too many devices at the same time. One could argue that this is exactly what it’s made for, but to be on the safe side avoid overloading your extension cord anyway. If you are not careful, overloading can lead to electrical fires.

Use it For Temporary Wiring

Rearranging appliances and furniture can be tricky, especially when you consider the wiring. Let’s say for example that a party will be held at your house and you want to place a certain appliance on a specific area, but since its cord is too short, you end up using an extension cord. This is fine if the arrangement is temporary.

However, extension cords are not recommended for permanent wiring arrangements. If one of your appliances has a short plug, you should install sockets instead of using extension cords.

Make Sure It’s Safe

There are plenty of extension cords in the market but be careful when shopping for one. Before making a purchase, make sure that the extension cord you choose is rated for the appliances that you plan to plug on it. You also need to ensure that your new cord is marked for indoor and outdoor (some extension cords are not safe to use outdoors). An unsafe extension cord might be cheaper, but it increases the risk of electrical threats – when you think about it, it’s not really worth it.  

Beware of Damaged Cords

Improper use of extension cords can cause damage. Through time, you might notice that the wire of your cord has become frayed, exposing the strands inside. This can be dangerous because contact to the exposed wiring underneath the sheath insulation can cause electric shocks and burns. To avoid this, make sure not to run your cords through doorways and avoid using staples or nails to attach the cord to any surface. Aside from frayed wires, you also have to watch out for other damages like overheating and short circuit.

Don’t Run Cords Under Carpets

This is pretty basic although plenty of people still refuse to follow this: do not run extension cords under carpets or cover them with rugs. Why? When current passes through your cord, electrical resistance causes two things: voltage drop and heating of the wire. If you cover your extension cord with rug or carpet, it might trap the heat and result to overheating. In turn, overheating will not only damage your cord, it can also lead to electrical fire!

Like any wiring device, it’s important to take care of your extension cords. Follow the safety tips above to make sure that your extension cords are in good condition at all times. This will not only prevent you from buying new cords often, it will also keep you and your appliances safe from electrical problems.

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Are you racking up too much digits on your electric bill? Are you looking for ways to save on the energy that you use in your home everyday? Well, look no further. Here are 7 of the simplest yet effective ways to save on electricity at home.

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1. Ditch incandescent light bulbs and switch to CFLs

A simple, very easy trick to quickly reducing your daily energy consumption at home by as much as 10 percent is to get rid of all your traditional incandescent light bulbs. To light up your house once again, use CFL’s. These spiral shaped light bulbs consumes up to 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 10 to 15 times longer. By the fifth month of usage, the CFL’s you installed would have already paid for themselves. It truly is a worthy and wise investment. CFL’s also come in varying colors, styles and sizes so you don’t need to worry about sockets that don’t fit!

2. Turn OFF the lights

There was a time when an urban myth said switching off lights would cost more energy than simply leaving them on. The idea behind this was that by leaving the lights on, it would not require to be constantly charged up on electricity to light up. However, this has already been debunked and will soon go down as just another fading myth of energy consumption. So from now on don’t be afraid of switching off the lights in your house if not being used. You will see that the savings you will incur on your electric bill from the energy that you saved is significant and will definitely put a smile on your face. And there you were deceived to thinking your bills going low is close to impossible.

3. Turn down the water heater

Believe it or not, 25 percent of your electric bill is from water heaters alone. This goes to show that if you reduce the consumption of energy that your heater eats up, you can rack up quite the savings. Here are several things you can do to achieve this:

– Lower the temperature on your water heaterconserve water

– Lessen the time you spend in the shower

– Insulate the water heater tank properly to ensure efficiency

In many places around the world, having a water heater is a luxury only the rich enjoy and there’s a good reason for that. Keep this in mind the next time you take a nice warm shower.

4. Conserve water

Using less water means that your bill will be lower. This also means that you use your water heater less. Therefore it can be concluded that by conserving water you are not only saving the environment, but also saving on energy consumption.

 5. Turn off your computer

Plenty of homes have desktop computer setups that are constantly running. The thing with computers is that they leak so much energy when left on without being used. Now, turning off the machine every time you leave sounds a bit too troublesome, needless to say impractical especially if you use it for heavy duty work. Here’s what you can do, if you are going to be away for twenty minutes or less shutting off just the monitor would be finer. However, if your are going to be gone for more than that amount of time, then turning off the whole thing would be the best idea.Meiji extension cords

6. Utilize Power Strips

You may think that power strips are unnecessary pieces of equipment that will just cost you more money. However, this is hardly the truth. Power strips are actually very effective energy savers if you use them right. What you can do is to plug in your heavy appliances such as television sets and the likes through these power strips and switch it off at night or whenever it is not being used. Simple, yet effective.

7. Energy Star Rated Appliances

A good way to conserve energy is to buy appliances that are energy star rated. Appliances with Energy Star ratings are known to use around 20 to 50 percent less energy than its counterpart. The savings you will rack up will even be greater if you replace your ancient appliances that hoard energy like its pizza with newer, energy star rated appliances.

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