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With a growing emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important. Fortunately, improving your home’s energy efficiency isn’t as difficult (or expensive) as you may think. Here are four tips to help you cut costs without compromising comfort.

 Hire an Electrical Contractor

Unless you have the knowledge and experience to tackle electrical projects, it’s best to hire a professional. Websites like HomeAdvisor will help you find a trusted and vetted pro in your area. Interviewing at least three electrical technicians will ensure you get the best pro at the best price.

 Plan Ahead

If a remodel, addition or growing family is in your future, it’s a good idea to plan ahead during your project. A contractor will help you design a budget-oriented solution that will eliminate major overhauls later.

Replace Hazards

Many older electrical systems weren’t designed for the heavy usage of modern homes. The increased electrical usage of contemporary households can put stress on dated wiring, causing short circuits and overloads. Older homes also have limited outlets — many of which aren’t grounded. This can lead to the overuse of adapters, which can become a fire hazard.

 Update Appliance Outlets

Some homeowners also have problems installing modern appliances like dryers, refrigerators and stoves in older homes. Pay special attention to areas with larger appliances when upgrading electrical wiring and outlets.

 Do Your Research

Researching your project will help you communicate with your pro and expedite your completion timeline. 

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