It’s the big day! Your new ceiling fan has arrived, and you’re ready to install it. Of course, the performance and energy efficiency of your beautiful new ceiling fan depends on proper ceiling fan installation and use.
Here are five important tips to help ensure the safe and efficient long-term performance of your ceiling fan.
You should read and be sure you clearly understand the manufacturer’s instructions before installing a ceiling fan. As with any other electrical device or mechanical equipment, consumers should take the time to read the recommendations and stipulations in the warranty, the user manual, and any other written materials provided by the manufacturer. Neglecting to adhere to some or all requirements for installation and use of a ceiling fan may void the warranty in some cases. Ideally, you should have professional installation of electrical equipment in your home, including ceiling fans.
Use the Correct UL-Rated Electrical Box
Be sure that you are using the compatible UL-listed metal outlet box labeled for installation with ceiling fans. The correct box will mount above the ceiling and serve as the connection box for the fan. This box will house all the wiring for connecting and operating your ceiling fan. To replace an existing ceiling light fixture or another ceiling fan with a new ceiling fan, you will probably need to replace the existing electrical box.
Because of the electrical parts and connections that must be managed correctly for electrical safety and proper functioning of a ceiling fan, it is recommended that you have a qualified electrician install a ceiling fan or other electrical fixtures in the ceiling.
Be Sure Your Ceiling Fan is Anchored Safely
Ceiling fans are heavy. Insufficient anchoring causes a safety hazard and risks damage or destruction of the fan and other property. Ideally, the fan should be anchored into a ceiling rafter or truss or the bottom of a floor joist supporting the room above.
If a ceiling fan mounting hardware is included with the product, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to use the enclosed parts for installation. If the enclosed mounting bracket has ends with spikes, secure the bracket between the rafters to create the stable mount needed for the safe operation of your ceiling fan. For heavier ceiling fans, up to as much as 50 pounds or more, using this hardware will distribute the fan’s weight and the vibration from the fan motor.
Make Adjustments to Balance a Wobbling Ceiling Fan
Fan blades are balanced as part of the manufacturing process prior to shipping. But, here are two approaches (A and B) to try if your fan is wobbling after it is installed:
A. Balance the Fan Blades:
Inspect to ensure all connectors are properly aligned.
Check to make sure all connections are fastened tightly.
Use a straight edge tool to inspect the fan blades for proper alignment.
If a blade holder is bent, you can try carefully bending it back into its proper place.
B. Use a Balancing Kit:
If the fan blades are properly aligned after ceiling fan installation, use a special balancing kit to identify the cause of the wobbling. A balancing kit may be provided in the product packaging. For example, you may find balancing clips along with blade weights enclosed in the package. If not, you can usually contact the manufacturer and have the balancing kit sent to you at no cost.
Change Your Ceiling Fan Direction in Summer and Winter
Change the setting for the fan blade spin direction on your ceiling fan for the hot and cold seasons of the year to maximize comfort all year long, as well as the energy savings benefits of using a ceiling fan in combination with your home’s HVAC system.
Set your ceiling fan blades spin in the counterclockwise direction (right to left) in hot weather. This creates a downward draft that feels like a cool breeze below the fan. This airflow generates a cooling effect on the skin, which makes the room feel cooler. That means you can set your air conditioner to run less and still stay cool.
In cold months, change the direction of the ceiling fan blades spin to clockwise (left to right). Be sure to run the fan at low speed. This creates an upward draft, driving warm air that hovers at the ceiling outward and down the walls and back up into the room. This helps distribute heat more evenly throughout the room for improved comfort and more efficient heating!
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Switching the direction of your ceiling fan blades when the season changes is an easy way to maximize savings on your home heating and cooling bills. There are other important benefits from making this simple and quick periodic change too. Here’s all you need to know about which direction you should set your ceiling fan blades to spin in each season, how to make that change, and why.
Which Way Should Fan Turn in Summer?
To help keep your home cool in summer and help save on electricity usage, set your ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise (from right to left). Combining the counterclockwise spin with the tilted blade design causes the ceiling fan to create a downdraft, which feels like a cool light breeze in the room.
Why Change the Fan Blade Direction in Summer?
The air movement from the fan accelerates moisture evaporation on your skin, which causes you to feel cooler. That’s known as the “wind chill effect.” A ceiling fan can make a room feel 4 degrees cooler in summer. Setting the correct ceiling fan direction with air conditioning means you can set your thermostat higher and save significantly on electricity bills.
Which Way Should Fan Spin in Winter?
During winter temperatures, keep your ceiling fan set to spin clockwise (left to right). Keep the fan speed set on low to generate the desired air circulation and also to avoid causing a cooling wind that makes the room colder. Running the fan clockwise at low speed creates an updraft that drives the warm air that has risen to the ceiling back outward and flowing down the walls and out into the room. This way of circulating the warm air aloft helps heat the whole room more efficiently.
Why Change the Fan Blade Direction in Winter?
Using ceiling fans to make rooms feel warmer improves comfort and helps your HVAC system heat rooms more evenly for a more comfortable home in winter. This means the system can run less frequently, which saves heating costs. Indoor condensation in winter is common, especially in some older homes. It can lead to mold growth. Running your ceiling fan clockwise in winter helps prevent this moisture from building up along window edges and wall areas around them.
How to Change the Spin Direction of Ceiling Fan Blades
There are various ways to change the direction of the fan blade spin on ceiling fans. The process you need to use depends on the type of fan you have. Here are easy step-by-step instructions for changing the ceiling fan blade spin direction on the most popular models of modern ceiling fans:
For Ceiling Fans with Pull Chains
Fans with pull chain mechanisms feature a reversible switch for changing the blade spin direction.
Turn off the ceiling fan and wait until the blades stop spinning.
Find the fan switch on the fan housing or its light fixture housing.
Slide the switch to set the blades to spin in the opposite direction.
For Ceiling Fans with Remotes
Ceiling fans with remote controls feature a push button that activates the reverse spin option.
Turn off the fan and wait until the blades stop spinning.
Press the button on the remote control and hold it down until the light blinks to indicate that you have successfully changed the blade spin direction.
For Smart Home Ceiling Fans
With today’s smart fans, you can change the fan blade spin direction using your smart home devices, which may feature a convenient remote control.
Turn off the fan and wait until the blades stop spinning.
Toggle in the manufacturer’s app to the option for switching the ceiling fan blade spin direction. Or, use a voice command on your smart device to reverse the blade spin direction on your ceiling fan.
Remembering to Change Your Ceiling Fan Blade Spin Direction
A good way to remember to make this important seasonal adjustment of your ceiling fan blade spin direction is simply to add the task to your calendar on a date around the usual week or month when warm weather begins and again when cold weather comes to your region. You can always move the date a little if your area has unseasonably cool or warm temperatures.
For Best Seasonal Results From Your Ceiling Fan
To get the maximum benefit from managing the spin direction of your ceiling fan blades, first, assess to be sure you have the correct size ceiling fan for your room dimensions. If your ceiling fan is too small, it is unlikely to move enough air volume in either summer or winter. If it’s too big, it is likely to move air too intensely and cause unwanted cooling in winter. Also, you may be limited to using settings that are too low in summer to avoid extreme windy conditions in the room.
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August is the beginning of hurricane season in New Jersey. That means it’s time to prepare your home for potential large storms coming in from the Atlantic. One important way to prepare your home for hurricane season on the northeastern coast is by installing a whole-home standbygenerator. You may be considering a portable generator for hurricane emergency use because it’s inexpensive. But there are some serious disadvantages to using a portable unit as a hurricane preparedness generator. Here are some important reasons why homeowners in areas vulnerable to hurricanes should install a whole-house standby generator instead of depending on a portable.
Major hurricanes often leave thousands, even hundreds of thousands of families, without electricity for extended periods. So, if you live in a hurricane zone, you should have an emergency power generator, if possible. But, the portable generators that so many residents purchase are not built to supply a whole house or to run continuously over extended periods. A whole-house generator offers the reliable power supply, safety, and convenience that portable models cannot deliver:
Short Run-Time Limit: Most low-cost portable generators can only power a house for up to about 10 hours, and they can only output enough power for part of a house. They’re designed for only occasional light use.
Long Run-Time:A propane standby generator should be able to supply your entire home and run from about 3 to 10 days (depending on tank size). Units that run on natural gas can run your whole house continuously for many days.
Fire Hazard:Running a portable generator for excessive time lengths in some spaces protected from the weather can cause a buildup of flammable gas fumes, increasing the risk of fire.
Safe Operation:A whole-house standby generator is designed and engineered to power your entire home through prolonged periods. They are installed for secure, safe operation in hurricanes.
Small Load Capacity: A portable generator has only enough power to run a couple of electrical appliances in a home simultaneously. A portable model can barely keep a refrigerator running and cannot keep an air conditioning system, TV, internet service, and washer or dryer, all operating at once.
Full Load Capacity:Whole-house standby generators are designed to keep all the functions of your home from being shut down. A whole-home generator enables you to continue fully using your home comfortable even if the electrical power is out in your area for an unexpectedly long time.
Fuel Issues: Portable generators run on gasoline, which is a fuel type that is often very scarce and hard to obtain during emergencies like hurricanes.
No Fuel Issues: Whole-home generators typically use propane or natural gas, which can be stored in abundance long-term onsite in preparation for extended periods of emergency use.
Some top brands of standby generators provide technology for monitoring and reporting the status of your system to you. (Some manufacturers even offer a handy app for this.) Additionally, a technician can periodically perform a full-scope inspection of your standby generator to ensure complete preparedness for power outages.
Greater Practicality and Convenience
With a portable generator, you’ll need to try to go outside when the power goes out to start up the generator. Trying to fuel and start a portable generator outside during a hurricane is not the best situation to be in.
With an installed standby generator, if a severe storm happens, your power comes back on automatically. There’s no potential need to risk your safety, unlike when fueling and starting a portable generator in dangerous conditions. Within the first 10 seconds of a power outage, a standby generator begins supplying electricity to your home, and it runs everything in your entire house for as long as needed.
Much Quieter Operation
Portable generators are very loud, about 67-75 decibels on average when running at only 25-50% load capacity. The exact ratios depend on the size. That’s comparable to the noise volume of a vacuum cleaner. Because portables cannot be left alone due to the health and safety hazard, this means you are exposed to extreme noise day and night as long as using the generator is necessary.
Whole-house generators emit only about 54 decibels, which may not be noticeable at all inside your house. Standby generators can safely operate unsupervised at a distance from the home, which even further minimizes sound.
Much Safer and Healthier
A portable generator left running unsupervised in a closed garage or basement to keep it dry during a storm presents an extreme health and safety hazard. Portable generators produce carbon monoxide, a deadly poison. Even slight exposure can cause symptoms.
A whole-home standby generator, its fuel source, and its power transfer switch are all installed outside your home, which prevents carbon monoxide risks. High-quality standby generators are installed to meet the standards for use during hurricanes. Providers also maintain technical support, as needed, to ensure continuous ideal functioning.
Much Longer Equipment Life Expectancy
Portable generators are not built to achieve the long-term durability of installed units. Even the best portable generators come with very short and limited product warranty coverages of only one year or so.
Whole-home standby generators are built with a weatherproof casing that can withstand the years of extreme northern coastal weather, including hurricanes. A high-quality whole-house generator can keep running over extended periods without overheating as portable models can be expected to do. Industry-leading brands offer strong warranties that cover the units for thousands of hours running time, amounting to coverage of up to 15 years of hurricane seasons or more.
Long-Term Financial Benefits
Whole-home standby generators are built with high-durability composite outer coverings that do not rust or corrode over many years. This is a crucial advantage for homeowners in the northeast U.S. coastal region. The equipment can last to provide emergency protection for years to come.
Additionally, homebuyers are likely to be attracted to the security of having a whole-home standby generator in a house they are considering purchasing in an area where hurricanes are possible in any given year.
Overall Comparison of Generator Types
Portable generators should not be left operating without close supervision, they are less practical and convenient overall to use than standby generators, and their load capacity is very limited. Whole-home standby generators, by contrast, provide fully reliable functionality, safety, and ideal convenience and comfort during prolonged power outages in New Jersey. On all the above points of comparison, the best generator for hurricane season is a whole-home standby model.
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Residential electrical wiring is usually covered under homeowners insurance policies for included electrical repairs and related damage. However, older homes with outdated types of wiring like knob and tube or aluminum wiring are likely to be more difficult to get coverage and cost more to insure. The higher cost of homeowners insurance in such cases is due to the significantly greater fire hazard that these kinds of older wiring present.
Insuring Older Homes with Outdated Electrical Systems
In preparation to buy, live in, and insure an older home, have it inspected by a licensed electrician to be sure that all wiring is in good condition. Updated wiring allows homeowners insurance company underwriters to price the premium for your policy at a better rate. Outdated wiring necessitates a premium cost increase sufficient to cover the carrier’s higher risk in insuring a home with relatively wiring hazards.
So, if you have wiring in your home updated, be sure to advise your insurance company, and ask if you qualify for a new-wiring credit or other modification of your premium price.
What are indicators that a house may have outdated wiring?
Your house is over 40 years old.
The house has two-prong ungrounded outlets.
There are frequently fuses blown or breakers tripping in your home.
Outlets emit sparks or cause a shock when plugging or unplugging cords.
There is an electrical buzzing noise in the house.
Lights sometimes go dim or may flicker on and off.
There is a burning odor.
The dishwasher or other large appliance strains the electrical system.
Insuring Homes with Knob and Tube Wiring
Insurance is available to cover older homes with this kind of old wiring. But, with knob and tube wiring, insurance for your home is likely to cost more. Most insurance carriers will charge more to cover the increased level of loss risk due to the greater electrical fire hazard that knob and tube wiring presents. Other insurance companies will probably not insure a home with this wiring type at all.
Knob and tube wiring was an early generation of house wiring, used in homes built between 1880 and the 1950s. Ceramic knobs were attached to anchor sections of electrical wire to the structural frame and porcelain tubes were inserted at points where the wiring passed through the framing.
Why is knob and tube wiring considered hazardous?
Insulation around wiring: Knob and tube wiring that is enveloped in insulation, heat buildup can be a serious electrical fire hazard.
Aged wiring insulation: Insulation around the knob and tube wiring can deteriorate over time, becoming, and the dry material can crack, causing dangerously exposed wires.
No grounding: There is no ground conductor, which presents both a shock hazard and a fire hazard in bathrooms and kitchens, where water and electricity are more likely to accidentally come into contact.
Inappropriate modifications: Modifications of the old wiring may have been made in order to accommodate the higher voltage required to supply today’s modern kitchen appliances, televisions.
Insuring Homes with Aluminum Wiring
Homeowners insurance is available to cover homes with aluminum wiring but, as in the case of knob and tube wiring, you may be met with higher premium rates. This is because, as reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, houses with aluminum wiring have a 55 times greater likelihood of containing at least one outlet that is in a condition that presents a fire hazard than a copper wired home.
During the decade from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s, aluminum was the most common type of wiring for new home construction. This is largely for cost savings because the material was less expensive than copper.
Why is aluminum wiring considered hazardous?
Oxidation: Aluminum oxidizes more rapidly than more costly copper wiring. This faster deterioration means an increased likelihood of overheating, extreme vibration, and other hazardous electrical problems.
Poor durability: Aluminum wiring is not as strong or damage-resistant, and does not have as long a lifespan as more durable and overall safer copper wiring.
Does House Insurance Cover Electrical Faults?
A home in which there is a short circuit or other abnormality in an electrical current somewhere between points along with the circuitry, is unlikely to be acceptable for insurance underwriting, even at an increased rate. You may be able to obtain immediate coverage by finding an insurer who is willing to work with you to have fire loss coverage excluded from the policy. But, most reputable insurance companies will likely require proof of corrective action to repair electrical problems prior to approving your new policy.
Home Electrical Safety Inspection
Have a professional home electrical safety inspection for the ideal identification of electrical issues that need repair. To start your information gathering process, use this handy preliminary DIY home electrical safety inspection checklist to help identify any concerns that may negatively impact your homeowner’s insurance rates. Correct electrical issues as necessary to minimize the amount you pay for a policy to insure your home.
Access the Home Electrical Safety Checklist by clicking this link.
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We offer same-day service for smaller installations and repairs. DK warranties all our team’s workmanship on every project. All our master electricians are fully licensed, bonded, and insured.
Some of the important benefits we provide our customers include:
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There is always a shortage of power outlets to plug in our many electrical devices at home and work. That makes using several power strips a modern necessity to supplement electrical systems in most homes today. But, though power strips are essential in our everyday activities, they are very dangerous when improperly used or when they’re not functioning as intended. The ESFI reports that more than 3,300 residential fires start in power strips and extension cords every year in the U.S, killing or injuring hundreds of people. So, power strip safety must be a priority in every home.
You may have heard some of the horrifying stories about house fires and close calls due to overloaded power strips. Everyone should be clear on best practices for using power strips at home and follow those guidelines to prevent the risk of an avoidable catastrophic electrical fire. Below are some important fire safety tips for the use of power strips:
Understand Power Strip Limits
A power strip can only bear a limited amount of electricity without becoming overwhelmed. When a power strip is overloaded, sparks can fly and very quickly cause an electrical fire. Manufacturers often include information on the packaging about how much total electrical load a power strip can safely carry.
The safest power strip for your purposes is one with enough capacity to handle all the devices you plan to run through it without getting near the strip’s maximum capacity.
NOTE:If the load capacity information is in a series of numbers written in unfamiliar terms, ask the store’s electrical department staff to interpret the meaning of those codes for you.
The most significant figure is for the wattage the power strip can safely handle. Suppose you plug-in devices that collectively draw a total number of watts over the capacity limit indicated, for example, 1800 watts. In that case, you are overloading the power strip.
When that happens, hopefully, the consequences will be no more than a mangled mass of melted plastic power strip remains and some burned spots on the flooring. But, people have lost their entire homes due to electrical fires that originated in overloaded power strips. Remember, to be on the safe side, never use electricity that is near the power strip’s limit. Use a smart power strip for energy savings and an extra layer of safety.
How Much Electricity Your Devices Use?
The most common devices used every day, like the examples listed below, don’t consume nearly the amount of electrical power that would overload a power strip of appropriate quality and proper capacity for them. So, you’ll likely be relatively safe using these small devices on such power strips.
But, it is important to remember that any of the above or other devices do have the potential to overload a cheap power strip that is already being strained by other devices that are plugged into it.
Some appliances, like these examples below, use much larger amounts of power, but they are not normally used for prolonged periods of time, so they can still be safe to use on a power strip without overwhelming it, if not used with multiple other devices running from the same power strip:
Large power tools
The following appliances are much larger energy consumers than those listed above. Plus they are very often kept running for hours at a time. That means these and other machines that are high electricity users can be very unsafe to run plugged into a power strip.
Window air conditioner
Advanced gaming/high-productivity PC
Because these kinds of appliances are drawing power continuously, the maximum electrical load the power strip can withstand is reduced by around 20 percent. This means that a typical 1800-watt power strip can only continuously carry around 1440 watts of electricity safely.
Additional Power Strip Safety Tips
Is it safe to use power strips? The answer is — if and only if you use them safely, taking all appropriate safety measures, and if you use a high-quality power strip that is UL approved, then yes, they’re normally safe to use. However, remember these important precautions when using power strips:
Do not plug multiple devices that each use a lot of electricity into the same power strip. If you are not sure if it’s safe to plug in the devices, ask an electricity expert.
Never plug power strips and extension cords into each other. This is a very serious fire hazard. Power strips typically contain cheap wiring that is lower in quality than the wiring in the walls of your home. Running appliances that require a lot of electricity heats up the poor-quality wires in the power strip until an electrical fire starts.
Before you plug any electrical device, appliance, or tool into a power strip, know your power strip’s load capacity, and know how much power is already being used through it by other items plugged into it.
Read the packaging of electrical items carefully, before plugging them into a power strip, or research through the manufacturer’s website, to be sure the device’s electrical consumption is appropriate for sourcing from a power strip.
Use power strips that feature surge protection. A surge protector is an upgrade offered on many power strips, to protect your appliances, electronics, or equipment from damage in the event of a spike in voltage.
Finally – Get a Smoke Detector
Even if you are being abundantly careful with your power strip usage in your home, smoke detectors are critical backup measures for detecting fire in a home before it grows out of control. If there is a malfunction in a power strip, table-top appliance, electrical outlet, or other electrical items in your home, a working smoke detector is your first line of defense against a potentially devastating loss of property or even lives.
Smoke detectors are ideally effective when used in combination with a home security system featuring smoke alarm monitoring that prompts an urgent response from fire departments and police.
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The EV federal tax credit is issued through the U.S. government’s incentive program to encourage purchases of electric vehicles (EVs). The program started during the early 2000s and was expanded during the following decade. It grants up to $7,500 in federal tax credit to each buyer of a new electric vehicle.
Unfortunately, the government capped the income tax credits each carmaker’s customers are allowed to access. The Federal legislature has made the tax benefit only available to each auto manufacturer’s first 200,000 customers who purchase an electric vehicle. After a car company has reached that 200,000 sales limit, a phase-out period begins, during which the full Federal tax credit is no longer available for customers buying EVs from that company.
In 2018, Tesla became the first automaker to reach the tax limit for 200,000 EV sales. Then GM reached the sales limit too. So, the Federal tax credit program helped encourage EV purchases from the U.S. American car companies, but only to that limited extent. Since the time they met the sale cap, the U.S. American manufacturers have found themselves at a disadvantage in the market, compared with their foreign competitors that have not yet reached the imposed EV sales limit.
Electric car buyers can still obtain the tax credit for purchasing electric vehicles, but only by purchasing from carmakers that have not hit the 200,000 EVs sold limit.
Are Tax Credits for Electric Cars Still Available in New Jersey?
The New Jersey Sales and Use Tax Exemption passed by the State legislature in early 2004 allows a sales tax exemption for vehicles with zero emissions. The exemption covers fuel-cell and battery-powered vehicles, applying the California Air Resources Board standards for zero-emissions that have been determined for a given vehicle model year.
The Federal government continues to provide sizable tax credits for plug-in hybrid EVs and new electrically charged battery-powered vehicles. The current tax credits range from $2,500 to $7,500, based on the vehicle’s battery capacity and the amount of the taxpayer’s current tax debt. In other words, if you buy an EV that makes you eligible for up to a $7,500 tax credit, but you only owe $5,000 in Federal income tax, your tax credit will be $5,000 credit.
Is There Sales Tax on Electric Cars in New Jersey?
A sales and use tax exemption is granted by the NJ Sales and Use Tax Act for zero-emission vehicles. The exemption applies to vehicles that are certified to be in conformance with the California Air Resources Board’s standards of zero emissions for a vehicle’s model year.
Additionally, new electric and hybrid plug-in vehicles bought during, or after 2010 may qualify for a Federal income tax credit up to the maximum of $7,500. The amount of the tax credit varies depending on the vehicle’s battery capacity and the individual taxpayer’s total income tax owed for the year the credit is claimed. Other state credits, and possible local credits, and other incentives may apply.
Note: Electric vehicles for neighborhood use are not eligible for the tax credit, although they may be eligible for other credits.
How To Get EV Rebate in New Jersey
For New Jersey residents, you can apply for your EV rebate by providing your vehicle registration card, signed purchase contract, or other documentation of your EV sales transaction, and your PG&E account number. See more information about the Clean Fuel Rebate for New Jersey residents, or use the easy online rebate application on the Pacific Gas and Electric company’s dedicated webpage. (Pacific Gas & Electric, a San Francisco, California-based utility company, serves New Jersey as well as multiple other states in the eastern region of the United States.)
How the New Jersey EV Rebate Works
New Jersey residents are entitled to a rebate of $25 per mile of range that their all-electric vehicle is capable of reaching, per the EPA’s rating. The rebate is up to $5,000, and it is offered through the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. This rebate is granted for all state residents who buy or lease a new plug-in electric vehicle that has an MSRP of up to $55,000. There may be a limit of one rebate per car buyer.
New Tesla and GM Customers May Regain Partial Tax Credit?
A proposed reformation of the EV tax credit threshold will enable GM and Tesla to regain access for their future EV customers up to $7,000 in tax credits on a new sales limit of 400,000 electric vehicles in the U.S. if the updated incentive program bill is passed by Congress this year (2021).
The original full $7,500 in IRS tax credit granted to the first 200,000 Tesla EV buyers is no longer in effect. Car buyers whose Teslas were delivered in the last half of 2019 will receive only about 25% of the full tax credit, which is $1,875. For 2020, no Federal EV purchase tax credit was scheduled. There are, however, remaining state-issued tax credits, for which many new Tesla EV owners may qualify.
Here is a list of states offering tax credits, exemptions, and/or reductions of EV charging rates:
Different Tax Credit for Residential vs. Commercial Buyers
For both individuals and businesses, tax credits are available for purchases of hardware for charging electric vehicles as well as for costs of electric car charger installation. The cost of EV charger installation is often the largest part of the total cost of acquiring EV charging capabilities for electric vehicle operation. This is especially true for commercial vehicles.
For residential EV owners, there is a 30% tax credit covering up to $1,000. For commercial vehicle owners, the tax credit is $30,000. Use IRS Form 8911 to apply for the Federal tax credit for EV charging.
How Does the EV Charging Tax Credit Work?
In late December 2019, Congress passed a bill extending the tax credit for charging electric vehicles. For filing your 2020 tax return, you can increase your tax refund, or make your EV charging more affordable. Ask your tax preparer how the charging credits are applicable to your personal income tax return.
As mentioned above, the charging tax credit available for individual electric vehicle buyers is 30%, up to $1,000 of charging costs for individual NJ residents and up to $30,000 for commercial EV owners. Use IRS Form 8911 to apply for the credit. The tax credit applies retroactively, so EV owners who purchased their cars in 2017 or later are eligible for the credit. If you had your charging equipment installed prior to filing your 2019 tax return or earlier returns, you will need to file an amended return in order to claim your EV charging credit.
Other EV Charging Incentives for Businesses
In addition to the $7,500 maximum tax credit for EV purchase, and the 30% Federal Charging Tax Credit, there are numerous other incentives for EV buyers. Those other credits include the $25 per mile range credit as well as various other state and local grants, credits, and other funding opportunities offered by municipalities and local utility companies.
The array of EV buying incentives continues changing, so keep checking to learn about new savings opportunities offered in your state and local area. To see the EPA’s current list of EV models that are eligible for the income tax credit and the maximum amount of the tax credit buyers can receive for each model, click here.
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From maintenance tasks to recreational activities, there are many uses for electricity outdoors throughout the year, from using power tools for projects to routing power for patio appliances to decorating your property for the holidays. You’ll need a safe extension cord, designed for outdoor use, to prevent a potentially devastating fire, or serious injury, or death from electrical shock. But, how can you tell if the extension cord you have in mind for the job is safe for outdoor use?
Which Kind of Extension Cord Is Safe to Use Outdoors?
There are several types of ratings for extension cords. One rating is for their type of intended use: heavy, medium, or light duty. Another rating is by amperage: the power load they are designed to carry safely. Yet another rating is for indoor or outdoor usage. The “W” symbol is used to label cords made for outdoor use. There are yet other ratings used by some manufacturers to indicate the intended frequency of use for which the cord was designed.
Check the packaging, or look on the cord, to be sure the extension cord you’ve selected is appropriate for outdoor electricity use. Or, use this quick checklist to confirm that the cord is designed for outdoor use:
Rating Indicator — Look for the letter “W” on the cord or on the packaging. That’s the letter used to identify cords that are designed for outside electricity use.
Insulation — Extension cords rated for outdoor use have additional insulation around the wires in the cord. This makes outdoor cords thicker than standard power cords made for general indoor use only, though there are some thick indoor cords designed for some purposes.
Color — Many cords sold for outside maintenance or other utility purposes have bright yellow, orange, blue, green. Others are black or brown, to blend in aesthetically in outdoor living spaces where cords may be more permanently placed for electricity on patios or decks.
Coverings — The covers of outdoor extension cords are typically made of heavy-duty rubber, plastic, or vinyl. Their sturdy construction protects outdoor cords from moisture, sunlight, temperature changes, and other elements that cause rapid deterioration of less durable indoor cords.
Plugs — Outdoor extension cords always have three-prong plugs, whereas indoor cords may have either two or three prongs, depending on particular needs. The third prong is connected to the cord’s grounding wire, to reduce risk of electrical shock or fire.
Amperage — Extension cords made for outdoor use have high amp ratings, because they are designed to deliver the higher amounts of power often required by outdoor electrical devices.
How to Protect Extension Cords from Weather Conditions
All outlets mounted on the exterior of your home should have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) built into the outdoor outlet. A GFCI is a circuit breaker that shuts off electricity to the cord, if it detects irregular electricity flow, such as when it is passing through water, or a human, or something else other than a normal power conduit.
The GFCI is especially important in rain or melting snow or ice, in which weather events create a lot of water around the connection of the outside outlet where the extension cord is plugged in. The GFCI-protected outlet helps safeguard users from electric shock when using the outlet.
If the outlets do not have GFCIs, you can use a GFCI adapter, which you can buy and place on the end of the extension cord. When using the cord, it should be plugged into the GFCI adapter, and the adapter should then be plugged directly into the electrical outlet.
Tips for Safe Use of Outside Extension Cords
In addition to making sure you have the right type of extension cord for outdoor use and a GFCI, here are some other important ways to help keep people and pets safe while using outdoor extension cords around your home:
Inspect Cords Before Each Use — Before using an extension cord that has been stored, inspect all sides along the full length of the cord for cracks in the covering and exposed wire. Also check to ensure that the plugs on both ends of the cord are attached securely, not loose or allowing exposed wires above the plug.
Protect Extension Cords — Keep cords away from exposure to spots where there is rainwater, or melting snow or ice.
Do not Overload Cords — Do not attempt to run too many electrical devices or appliances at the same time on one extension cord.
Choose Highly Visible Cords — While powering construction tools, maintenance equipment, etc., use cords with bright coloring, to help avoid creating a trip hazard.
Storage of Extension Cords — Unplug the extension cord after use, coil it properly, and store it in a space that is protected from extreme temperatures and wet conditions.
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