Energy Efficient Ways to Use Your Kitchen

If you are looking to cut your energy bill down this year, one of the best places to start is in the kitchen. If you love to spend your nights cooking in the kitchen, here’s how you can do it in the most energy-efficient way! cooking with family

Your Refrigerator

  • Keep your refrigerator well-stocked. An empty fridge loses more cold air when the door is opened. If you don’t eat much food, keep a few gallons of water on hand.
  • Vacuum your condenser coils every six months. These are located on the back or underneath the refrigerator and are responsible for releasing warm air. When these coils become covered in dust, it increases wear-and-tear and energy consumption.
  • Replace loose gaskets immediately. The gasket is the rubber door seal that creates an airtight barrier between the inside of your refrigerator and your kitchen. If this gasket becomes loose, cold air can escape when the door is shut.

Stove and Oven

  • Match your pot to the correct burner size. Putting a six-inch pot on an eight-inch burner sounds like no big deal, but it actually wastes 50% of the heat the burner produces. Make sure all of your pots have flat bottoms to maximize surface contact.
  • Don’t preheat your oven, just throw your food in right when you turn it on. It may take a few minutes longer to cook, but you save all that time waiting on the front-end.
  • Use residual heat to finish your cooking. This can work on the stove top or in the oven, both of which take several minutes to cool down after turning them off. Use this to your advantage by cutting the power a few minutes before your food is done cooking.

Your Dishwasher

  • Only run a load when your dishwasher is full. Filling it to its capacity will help you maximize the energy, water, and detergent required to run a cycle. Don’t overload it, though. This could force you to run multiple loads.
  • Before turning on your dishwasher, run your sink until the water is hot. This will ensure that your dishwasher runs with hot water the entire time, instead of waiting for cold water to heat up at the start of the wash.
  • Use the air-dry setting. Some dishwashers use electric heat to dry your dishes after the washing cycle, but this can spike energy consumption by 20 percent or more. Simply open the dishwasher door overnight and your dishes will be dry by the morning.

TFC Electric provides residential and commercial electrician services to homes and businesses across Suffolk County, Long Island. Contact us online to get started with a free estimate, or call (631) 589-2800.

Reasons Why 2018 is The Year for New Lighting

It’s a new year which means it’s time for a change and what better change than new light? When it comes to lighting your home in 2018, a change can definitely do you and your home some good. So if your lighting is older than you can remember, here are 3 reasons to update your lighting for 2018! 
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Better Aesthetics

Light fixtures go in and out of style. Over time, your light fixtures might start to look a little bit outdated. Having new light fixtures installed in your home can give your rooms a more modern or contemporary look.

More Energy Efficiency

A lot of people are jumping on the “go green” bandwagon. It’s all about finding new and different ways to make your home more energy efficient. Upgrading from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs can help you save energy and money. 

Increased Resale Value

If you plan on selling your home in 2018, upgrading your home’s lighting is a must. After all, updated light fixtures increase the overall resale value of your home. Best of all, new light fixtures can entice potential buyers. 
 
Are you interested in shedding some light in your home? If so, turn to TFC Electric. We work and collaborate with architects and designers to create a lighting plan that fits your needs. We have a variety of different lighting fixtures including Wac, Halo, Bega, Lightolier, Lumark, Lithonia and many others. Call us at 631-589-2800 to request service.
 

Getting Your Electric Inspected for The New Year

When it comes to your electrical system, you should have it inspected annually, and what better time to start than the New Year? So while your spirits are high and you’re in the mood for change, here are a few reasons to schedule your annual electrical inspection today!

Prevent Electrical Hazards

Many homeowners only have an electrical inspection done when they first purchase the house. One inspection of your electrical system is not enough. Over time, your electrical system can fall victim to electrical hazards, such as electrical fires and electrocutions. Having an annual electrical inspection can prevent these scenarios from happening.

Up To Electrical Code

We will test all components of your electrical system to make sure everything is in good working order. Best of all, the work we do is up to code. If any part of your system needs to be updated, we will let you know. We comply with NEC standards and work with inspectors to make sure that the job is done safely.

Electrical inspections serve as reassurance that all work was performed to code and is safe. Upon completion, we will provide a Certificate of Compliance accordingly. Call 631-589-2800 to schedule an appointment.

 

Getting Your Electrical System Ready For Winter

It’s the most beautiful season! As the light shines bright and the family joins together, there is one thing you’ll want to check before the winter officially hits — your electrical system. Prepping your electrical system for the winter will keep your home safe and sound; so here are three main things you’ll want to do so you can crank up those holiday lights and let it glow!  

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Check Your Insulation

One way to keep your home warm and winter ready is to check the installation of your wiring and outlets. WIth poor insulation can come to the loss of heat, and to keep your home warm and cozy and not spend a ton of money on your energy bill, now is the perfect time to check. By caulking or weather stripping these areas, you’ll be keeping the warm air in where it belongs.

Don’t Ignore The Outside

When it comes time to inspect your electric, you should start from the inside. You’ll want to make sure no wires are hanging too close to any of your trees before the first significant snowfall comes. With the extra weight of the snow, trees and wires near each other can cause damage. Check your panels and electrical boxes to make sure they are fully covered by any potential rain or snow too.

Check Your Landscape Lighting Too

Now is the time to make sure your yard is safe and sound. With a properly it yard, you can walk through at night without the fear of tripping or sliding on ice. Landscape lighting is an essential part of winter yard safety.

TFC Electric provides residential and commercial electrician services to homes and businesses across Suffolk County, Long Island. With more than 20 years of experience and a 98% A-rating on Angie’s List, don’t look any further than us for your next electrical project. Contact us online to get started with a free estimate, or call (631) 589-2800.

5 Ways to Not Run Out of Power This Holiday

Your tablet needs to charge, the kids’ phones need to be charged, the decorations are plugged in and in just a few days your in-laws (and all their devices) will be staying with you for the holidays. Today, the average household has 24 electronics, but still the same amount of outlets as years ago. If you’re finding yourself with too many devices and not enough outlets, here are a few simple ways to cut down on the congestion this holiday and prevent a holiday power outage:

Think Cordless

Electronics that are not used daily, like vacuums or electric razors, can usually be swapped out for their cordless counterparts. The next time you need a new coffee machine or speaker, look for ones that run on batteries, or that only need to be charged once in a while. You’ll free up a few extra outlets and be able to store your devices anywhere you want.

Have an effective setup

With curling irons, hair dryers, and electric toothbrushes, it’s no surprise that the bathroom is one of the most in-demand rooms for outlets. But before you all pile into the bathroom, think “can this be done somewhere else?” The answer is usually yes. Try doing your hair in your room or keeping some items in a spare or guest bathroom.

Stay off Your Phones

Everyone in the living room wants to charge their phone while still using it, but you only have a few outlets, now what? Encourage people to leave their phone to charge in another room of the house. Not only will this get everyone off their phones, but by staying off your phone while it charges, it will actually make your battery last longer when you do need it.

Use a Power Strip

Need just a few more outlets in one area of the house? Try using a power strip. A power strip plugs into an existing outlet and leaves you with a line of usable outlets, perfect for behind TV units and stereo systems – but be careful not to start plugging power strips into every outlet. Make sure your house can handle all the extra usage and only use power strips with a surge protector.

Get an Extension Cord

 If the problem is that your outlets are just too far away, try getting an extension cord. But before you visualize yourself living within tangled black and orange wires everywhere, think again. With beaded, woodgrain and rope braided extension cords on the market today, you can turn a once eyesore into a unique decoration.

If you feel like you’ve tried everything and you still need more outlets, let the TFC Electric Inc. team help with everything from electrical service upgrades and electrical wiring to installing new wall outlets and more! For our readers in Suffolk County, New York, know that you can always count on us to assist with your electrical needs.

Your Holiday Lights Safety Guide

The holiday season is here and if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to put the holiday lights up. If this will be your first holiday season hanging lights or you had some issues this season hanging them, you’ll want to check out these helpful tips below.

Think of a Design

It is imperative that you come up with a design beforehand. Think of what you want your home to look like. You may want to put lights on pillars, posts, windows, and doors. It is a good idea to take measurements of the areas you want to light.

Inspect the Lights

Before you hang the lights, be sure to inspect them. If you notice that lights are damaged or cords are frayed, refrain from using them. You should only use lights that are in good working condition and intended for outdoor use.

Be Safe

The most important thing you can do while hanging holiday lights is to be safe. You can do this by working alongside someone else. In addition, do not decorate trees on your property that come into contact with power lines.

If you experience an electrical emergency while hanging lights for the holiday season, call 631-589-2800 immediately. We can troubleshoot the problem and safely restore your electrical system. We can deliver peace of mind for you and your family.

 

How to Prevent a Holiday Fire

The holiday spirit is definitely in the air and as the weather chills up and you begin decorating your home, don’t forget that the stockings aren’t the only things that should be hung with care. So as you start taking out your holiday lights, and putting up the Christmas tree, you’ll want to take every measure you can to prevent an electrical home fire.

Christmas Tree Fire

Oh Christmas Trees

When it comes to decorating the tree, you can never be too careful. Though it might not be the most common cause of electrical fires, they still tend to be more dangerous. Some of the leading causes of a Christmas tree fire are due to something very preventable such as a dried out tree or heat source that was left to close to the Christmas tree. Make sure any heat source is a reasonable distance away from your tree, and when the tree needles start to crunch  — they’ll need to be removed. Watering your tree is a must too, so if you’re planning on purchasing a real tree, be sure you don’t keep it lit past its prime.

Hang The Decorations With Care

Though a ton of lights might be beautiful and bright lighting up the night, they can also be done right! The wrong extension cords, an overloaded circuit, or the wrong set of lights can be a fright. So before you begin to string your lights for all to see, you’ll want to take a detailed look. Any extension cords should be for outdoor use, check that your lights are ok for outdoor use and don’t use any lights that have frayed wires or missing bulbs. These little checks can save your family from a real nightmare before Christmas.


TFC Electric provides residential and commercial electrician services to homes and businesses across Suffolk County, Long Island. With more than 20 years of experience and a 98% A-rating on Angie’s List, don’t look any further than us for your next electrical project. Contact us online to get started with a free estimate, or call (631) 589-2800.

How to Have an Electrically Safe Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the time of year to share your home with family and friends. With most of the food shopping done and before all the cooking begins, it’s time to make sure your home is safe! The last thing you want this holiday is to have to call your local electrician. So here a few simple ways you can work to prevent an electrical emergency.

Inspect Your Lights

Now is the perfect time to make sure all your lights are changed and that you have backups. You don’t want to be cutting the turkey while the lights finally blow. Keeping the house adequately lit will also make the kitchen more inviting and enjoyable too!

Have Back Ups

Beyond the light bulbs, make sure your home is stocked with batteries and candles too; this will ensure if there is a power outage, your guest will safely be able to walk around without any issues.

Check Cords and Wires

Don’t forget to check all extension cords and wires for any frays or tears. Make sure that they are adequately tucked away so that there are no slips and falls. Chances are you’ll see a more significant electronic usage this day so keeping your cords neat is critical.

Check All Smoke Detectors

Before you start overloading the stove, you’ll want to be fire ready. Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for batteries and test each one. it’s never a bad idea to invest in a fire extinguisher either, just in case any cooking mishaps occur. 

 

TFC Electric provides residential and commercial electrician services to homes and businesses across Suffolk County, Long Island. With more than 20 years of experience and a 98% A-rating on Angie’s List, don’t look any further than us for your next electrical project. Contact us online to get started with a free estimate, or call (631) 589-2800.

The LED Myths You Need to Ignore

LED lights are a significant investment that often gets overlooked and though it might seem like an expensive cost upfront, investing in LED lights now really pays off down the road. So if you are still in disbelief that LED lights are worth it, we are here to debunk some of the common myths you might be believing.

They Are Too Expensive

Though LED’s might have an initial higher price, through the years, the pricing has gone down making the difference minimal. Even though you might be paying an initial higher rate, in the long run, you’ll wind up saving more money than with other lighting options. LEDS have a better lifespan, are more energy efficient too.

They Aren’t Bright Enough

LEDs are bright enough to light up your entire home, but because they are labeled with different wattage, the opposite is assumed. LEDs are measured in lumens, and because they are more energy efficient, their wattage is lower than a traditional bulb, but we can assure you that the light they put out is just as bright.

They Last Forever

The difference between LEDs and other light bulbs is how their lifespan plays out. Unlike other bulbs, LEDs don’t gradually fade as fast and allows you to share the same brightness for years. Though they will eventually need replacing, you’ll get longer and better lighting from LEDs.

They Don’t Save You Money

Energy Efficient with a long lifespan, switching to LED bulbs can definitely save you money! They not only use less energy making your bill less but their lifespan is double some of their competitors, meaning by the time you have to change your LEDs you would have had to change your other lights at least twice.

TFC Electric provides residential and commercial electrician services to homes and businesses across Suffolk County, Long Island. With more than 20 years of experience and a 98% A-rating on Angie’s List, don’t look any further than us for your next electrical project. Contact us online to get started with a free estimate, or call (631) 589-2800.

This is What Happens When You Don’t Have Landscape Lighting

home at night

Landscape lighting is one of those small home details that should be a necessity. The right outdoor lighting not only improves your property value, but it also gives you the peace of mind of being safe and secure; so if you are still questioning why you should invest in landscape lighting, here’s what happens when you don’t.

Your Appearance and Home Value is Less

Landscape light is a great way to enhance your home! With a little light layering, you can fully show off your home’s landscaping and decor. A good lighting design will make your home welcoming and appeal while showing off each beautiful aspect of your yard. Without it, your home is dark and underlit which could lead people to believe that no one is home. If you in the market to sell – a well-lit landscape can increase the value too.

You Get Unwanted Visitors

When your home is dark, and under the light, it’s an excellent area for intruders to work, whether they are the furry kind or not! A well-lit yard will scare away any vermin and can keep the chance of a home invasion low. So if you are looking to keep your home critter and intruder free, a spotlight or motion sensor light is your best bet.

Lower Security and Safety

Not only does a lack of light allow for unwanted visitors it also unsafe. A well-lit yard allows you and your visitors to see where you are going leading to fewer accidents. You can also see when someone approaches making you more aware of is entering and leaving your yard. A motion sensor light will allow for you to have enough time to prepare if someone is approaching, and can allow you to enter your home without a struggle each night.

TFC Electric provides residential and commercial electrician services to homes and businesses across Suffolk County, Long Island. With more than 20 years of experience and a 98% A-rating on Angie’s List, don’t look any further than us for your next electrical project. Contact us online to get started with a free estimate, or call (631) 589-2800.