Any home owner knows that keeping up on electrical work and maintenance is a necessity but can be pricey! The good news is that there are several ways you can keep electrical costs low.
Combine Electrical Jobs to Save Costs
You can save time and money on electrical work by bundling projects together. Keep a running list of electrical problems or needs in your home. Then when you call an electrician to do a walk-through of your home, you can take care of all you issues at once. You’ll find having the electrician attend to several smaller needs in one visit much more cost effective.
Invest in Cost Efficient Electrical Upgrades
A good way to combat rising electricity costs is to switch from incandescent bulbs to fluorescent CFL bulbs or even LED bulbs. They provide the same lighting, but use less electricity. Another consideration is putting motion detector switches on any outdoor lighting. You’ll save money while enhancing your home’s security. Attractive landscape lighting is another investment which you can enjoy now and also benefit from when you sell your home.
Ask About Flat Rate Electrical Pricing
In selecting a contractor, it’s not a good idea to pick one based on hourly rate alone. Ask questions. Contractors with low hourly rates may add on separate fees or take longer to get the job done to offset the lower rate. Ideally, it’s best to protect yourself by requesting a firm quote for work you want done up front.