Time Change Checklist
November 1st is just around the corner. Before we know it, nature will be taking back that extra hour of daylight it loaned us last March. This means that we will be more reliant on interior lighting to keep our spirits up, work flowing, and lives moving along during the winter months. Don’t stress about your home lighting to-do’s, we’ve got you covered.
Lower Energy = Lower Cost
Although most lights will be on longer, your lighting bills don’t have to go up. Consider switching to energy-efficient bulbs to save yourself money (and help the environment too). By switching out your old iridescent light bulbs to LED (light-emitting diode) models, you can significantly cut your home lighting costs. The average household has more than 40 sockets, which means switching to LEDs could save you around $200 each and every year. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that consumers would save $13 billion on their electric bills if a CFL or LED is screwed into every socket. As a nation, we would annually avoid the equivalent of paying for the electricity of 30 large coal-burning power plants.
Don’t Forget Your Outdoor Lighting
From driveways, to walkways, to garage areas – ensuring your outdoor space is well lit during darker months will help you avoid a number of issues. A well-lit home will provide good visibility while you or your guests are walking from your cars, often through the snow. This is especially important if you have a long driveway or winding paths that lead to your front door. It is also important to keep in mind that an unlit home can appear rather vacant, framing it as an ‘easy target’. Shedding some light on the main outdoor areas surrounding your home (front door, side door, garage, pathways, landscape) will inherently make your home more secure by making it seem as though someone is home, even when no one is! Whatever your outdoor lighting needs, shop the wet rated category at Grosselectric.com.
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Inspect Your Smoke Detectors
Daylight Savings Time doubles as a bi-annual reminder to change the batteries in your fire alarms. A study done by ServiceMaster Restore showed that only around 57% of Americans follow best practice and have checked their alarms in the last six months. To optimize your home’s safety during the winter months, be sure to replace the batteries in each detector. You may also want to keep an eye out for the date of manufacture marked on the device. Smoke detectors can become defective after ten years or so, and require replacement just like carbon monoxide alarms. Keep in mind, if you upgrade to the newer lithium battery smoke detectors, you won’t have to worry about replacing the batteries at all for up to a decade. Double check that you have smoke alarms installed inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement), per the National Fire Protection Association recommendation.
If you need assistance selecting bulbs, outdoor lighting fixtures, or replacement smoke detectors, stop by our Toledo or Ann Arbor showrooms and one of our specialists will give you a hand! If you know what you’re looking for, head over to https://store.grosselectric.com/lighting-fixtures to shop online!