Using a phone charger internationally

Can you use your regular cell phone charger that you buy in the United States overseas? That all depends on the charger and the input voltage on the charger. If the chargers input voltage is a 100-240 you can use the charger in a 110 outlet in America. The 220 outlets in the Philippines can have both of what's required to fall within the range of the input voltage.

Tips for an Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Your appliances may be working fine and the lights may turn on when you press the switch but it doesn’t mean that behind the walls, everything is working properly. In older houses, it is very important to check the electrical wiring and see if they need to be upgraded. For one, it will save you from potential damage. Here are some tips if you are planning an energy efficiency upgrade to your wiring:

Look Out For Aluminum Wiring 

Aluminum wires, which are installed in most homes built in the 60s and 70s, are considered a safety hazard because their wiring loosens up over time. Loose wiring can cause overheating and lead to a fire when plugged in. while upgrading your electrical system ensures that your electrical wires are safe and don’t need changing. Potential problems can be addressed by installing copper connectors. 

Add More Power Outlets

The standard household power used to be sixty amps but today, with the number of home appliances and gadgets, it is not enough. Homes need up to 200 amps to run flat screen TVs, computer gadgets and air conditioners. Not having enough power outlets in the home can cause damage to the wiring by overburdening the electrical outlets. 

Plan for the Future

When you are getting an energy efficiency upgrade, don’t just get the necessary work done which will last for a short time. Think about your electrical use and wire upgrades in the long term. If you're spending a certain amount now, you might as well spend enough to keep your living comfortable for a number of years. Don’t go for the minimum amount of work needed to be done but the maximum limit.

Signs of Electrical Trouble

Electrical wiring is one of the most important upgrades in a home, which should never be delayed. Old, worn out wires can be the cause of trouble leading to frequent house damages and fires. If you're living in a home that is more than 50 years old, you must call in an electrical expert to check the wiring. Sometimes, homeowners see no apparent signs of electrical trouble, which can end up causing damage. 

Homes usually have knob and tube wiring components, which are dated and found in older homes, or aluminum wiring components found in most new homes. But signs such as discolored switches and outlets, a persistent burning smell and blown fuses are a typical cause of concern for most homeowners. Getting help to find any electrical problems can make sure that your home and family are safe before a problem arises. If you're worried about electrical problems, watch out for the following signs of trouble:

  • Loose or improperly working switches. Once you switch a light on, it should light up and not flicker. 

  • Warm outlets or switches. Dimmer switches are generally warm due to the amount of resistance they build but other than that, no switch or outlet should be warm when you press it. 

  • Plugs that are loose can be a fire hazard in the house. 

  • The use of extension cords is also a sign of electrical trouble as it overloads a circuit. Install more outlets in the house for increased use. 

  • Rust on the electrical panel or meter can indicate hidden water leakage.

Electrical problems shouldn’t be taken lightly and on any slight sign of trouble, home maintenance experts should be called in. Although re-wiring is not as necessary but if the wires are very old, some changes in the electrical system can ensure peace of mind.