Electrical Tips, Maitland Electrician

Understanding Your Electric Bill: Maitland Electrician

These days, most homes have all electric appliances and the power company charges per kilowatt hour based on the usage of those appliances. In a typical mid-sized, 3-bedroom home with 2 bathrooms, here is a list of most of the appliances and the wattage ratings* of each one:

  • Electric Furnace – 10,050 watts
  • Air Conditioner – 3,500 watts
  • Owen – 2,500 watts
  • Cook Top – 1,500 watts
  • Microwave-  1,000 watts
  • Refrigerator-  750 watts
  • Dishwasher-  1,500 watts
  • Garbage Disposal – 350 watts
  • Portable Oven – 1,500 watts
  • Deep Freezer – 750 watts
  • Water Heater – 3,500 watts
  • Washing Machine – 750 watts
  • Dryer – 3,500 watts
  • Portable Heater – 1,500 watts
  • Ceiling Fans – 250 watts
  • Television – 30 watts
  • Hair Dryer – 1,500 watts
  • Pool Pump – 1,500 watts
  • Typical Light Bulb – 60 watts

Now, here are some examples on how kilowatt hours are determined:

  1. A 10,000-watt furnace runs for 1 hour, you will pay for 10 kilowatt hours.
  2. A 3,500-watt A/C runs for 1 hour, you will pay 3.5 kilowatt hours.
  3.  A 100-watt light bulb will have to be on for 10 hours before you will pay for 1 kilowatt hour.
  4.  A 60-watt light bulb will have to on for 16.5 hours before you pay for a single kilowatt hour.


In Seminole County, Progress Energy (now known as Duke Energy) services most of the residents. Below, is their basic residential rate schedule structure based on kilowatt hour usage.

  • First 1000 kilowatts – 7.05 cents per KWH
  • Over 1000 kilowatts – 8.28 cents per KWH
  • Fuel Charge – 3.39 cents per KWH
  • Over 1000 kilowatts – 4.39 cents per KWH
  • Base Rate Effectively – 10.43 cents per KWH
  • Over 100 KWH – 12.67 cents per KWH

There is also a customer charge of $8.76 per month, then gross receipts tax and county utility taxes. Most of the homes in the mid-ranged size have electric bills in the $200-$300 range per month. Now, when you add up all of the charges for the average medium sized 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home, you are really paying 12 to 13 cents per kilowatt hour of electrical consumption.

Normally, heat-related appliances cost more than non-heat-related appliances. Other than your heat and air conditioner, most other appliances run in intermittent cycles or for a short use, like a toaster, coffee pot, or microwave. If it were to take 10 minutes to heat up your toast, then you can use that toaster 8 times before you pay for a single kilowatt hour at 12 cents.

These days, utility meters are more reliable, but if you want to read your meter, then you can find out the billing cycle and read it on the first and last day of the cycle to get the most accurate results for monthly consumption. Whether you take it upon yourself to look into your energy consumption or you simply call a qualified Maitland electrician to survey your home, it is important for you to know exactly how you can save money and understand your electric bill, saving money each month.

* The list of appliances and ratings may vary slightly depending upon the brand and settings.

Electrical Tips, Winter Spring Electrician

Having Electrical Problems? Call a Winter Springs Electrician

There are many signs to determining if you are having any electrical problems in your home. Here are a few things you can look for:  full or partial loss of power; pool pump or water pump straining or making noise when starting up; bright, dim, or flickering lights; a burning odor; darkened or brown-coloring on switches, especially receptacle devices; warm or hot switches and receptacles; light bulbs burning out frequently; sizzling or popping sounds; experiencing any electrical shocks when touching all-metal appliances, your air handler or air condenser, refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, oven, cook top, microwave, water heater, washer, dyer, kitchen sink and faucets, and especially shower heads.

It is important for you to know these signs, because they are all indicators that you are having a problem in your home with either your switch and receptacle devices being loose or broken circuit connections, bad or worn breakers, or even burn damage. Your bus bar could even be loose or broken. Your main panel may be loose or burned, the lugs and meter base lugs could be damaged as well. Further still, your breakers might be bad or there could be overall poor service to your main grounding system. Diagnosing these issues in your home is your first step toward solving your electrical problems.

Understandably, these issues can be complicated and overwhelming for the average homeowner. Simply put, that is why you should call a Master Winter Springs electrician immediately if you are experiencing any of these issues. An experienced professional will know how to diagnose the problem quickly and efficiently and will be able to tell from your reports what the issue may be even before visiting your home, meaning a more effective visit. Once a professional electrician arrives to your home, it will simply be a matter of tracing and checking a few variables to ensure the safety of your electrical connections.

If you have any receptacles that seem loose or switches that feel floppy with no more snap, any of the appliances listed above that feel warm or hot, discolored or darkened, then it is important for you to replace them. A simple step today that can save you a lot of headaches tomorrow. Call your Winter Springs electrician today!

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