It can be extremely frustrating to buy a new appliance or expect to use a new device in a specific room of your house only to realize that you don’t have any available outlets. It can be challenging to find all the power you need for your appliances and electronics, especially if your home is older. However, overloaded outlets pose significant safety concerns, so it’s best to learn how to use your outlets effectively. If you don’t have enough outlets in your home, you can remember these tips to find the power you need.
Buy a Power Strip with Surge Protection
A power strip composed of multiple electrical sockets gives you much more mileage out of your limited outlets. Be sure to place the power strips in exposed areas because overheating can occur if they are covered up. A surge protector prevents accidents by shutting down when the circuit is overloaded. Never plug in devices that draw heat like hair dryers or crock pots into a power strip. To save energy, you can shut off your power strip once you’re done by using the single switch on the strip.
Use an Extension Cord
Extension cords can be a quick solution when you don’t have enough outlets. The length of the cord enables you to run power to far-away appliances. If you use an extension cord, be sure not to overload it. If an extension cord gets overheated, it can cause fires.
Use an Outlet Tap
Outlet taps plug directly into existing outlets to add more receptacles. These items can be found in three or six-outlet forms, and their compact size makes them perfect for bedrooms that need more power sources for things like phones and laptop chargers. You should also use an outlet tap with surge protection to prevent accidents.
Cut Down on Devices
If you don’t have enough outlets and none of the other options appeal to you, you can reduce the number of devices you use at one time. Unplug any gadgets that are not in use so that you can free up outlets for other devices. This solution also helps you save money on your power bill by eliminating the number of electricity wasted on devices or appliances you aren’t using.
Look Out for Blown Fuses and Circuit Breaker Trips
If your breaker is constantly tripping, it is a sign that you are drawing too much power. Even when you have surge protection, too many adaptors and extensions can lead to problems for your home’s electricity. If this occurs, it is time to call up your TriStar Electric electrician to inspect and remedy your electrical issues.
Install New Outlets
Finally, if you need more outlets and no other solutions work, you can hire an electrician to add more outlets. Rewiring your electricity can be extremely risky, so hiring a licensed and experienced electrician is always recommended.
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