Seattle, WA (PressExposure) February 14, 2011 -- My 200 amp panel is buzzing. Should I be concerned? The noise can be caused by a loose-fitting transformer or breaker that is burning under the load. Call an experienced Seattle electrician [http://www.theelectricianseattle.com] to investigate the sound.
I have a four prong dryer plug, but the outlet has three prongs. How do I plug my dryer into the wall?
If you have recently bought a new dryer, you may find that it doesn't fit into your outlet. The same goes for new stoves. The National Electrical Code allows you to replace the four prong cord with a three prong cord. You can buy a new cord at most home improvement stores like Lowe's and Home Depot. A electrician Seattle [http://www.theelectricianseattle.com] can easily perform the cord transfer for you.
Can I do electric repairs in my home?
Unless you're a certified electrician, you should not attempt to fix an electrical problem in your home. You can electrocute yourself or even burn down your home if something goes wrong. There are plenty of Seattle electricians [http://www.theelectricianseattle.com] with proper training who can come to your home to fix wiring and add new wiring.
How much is electricity in Seattle?
The summer billing cycle is April to September. Your energy charges will be 4.61-cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for the first 10 kWh. All kWh between 10 and 100 are 9.56-cents per kWh. During your winter billing cycle, October to March, the first 16 kWh are 4.61-cents. Between 16 kWh to 167 kWh, you will pay 9.56-cents. Your base service charge is 11.55-cents per meter per day.
How many devices can I plug into my 120-volt outlet?
You can plug multiple devices into your 120-volt outlet as long as you don't go over the wattage capacity. Homes in Seattle will have 800 to 1,500 watt capacity. You will trip your breaker when you hit about 1,800 watts. Using a surge protector will protect your devices from volt fluctuations.
My stereo started smoking. What happened?
If you have poor grounding, your stereo could have gotten zapped by lightening during a storm. Another possibility is that the utility company installed the wrong transformer. If any of your neighbors are having the same problem, it's probable that there was a utility equipment failure. If the issue is on their end, they should repair it.
How can I lower my electricity costs?
The biggest portion of electricity costs in Seattle homes comes from home heating and water heating. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees when you're home and 55 degrees when you're out or at night when everyone is asleep. Setting your thermostat back just one degree can save 3 percent on your heating bill. Your water heater should be set at 120 degrees. You will need to raise it to 130 degrees, however, if your dishwasher does not have a temperature booster function.
What home appliances are using the most electricity?
Water heaters and electric furnaces, appliances that produce heat, suck up the most electricity in Seattle homes. Other high-energy devices include your stove, iron, toaster and hair dryer.