Shock Value: Costs, Savings, and Hazards of Electricity [Infographic]

by Kylee Swenson
- Aug 15 2013 - 1 min read

If you’re lucky, you’ve never had the misfortune of experiencing a hair-raising electrical shock. As someone who’s toured in a live band, I have—more than a few times.

For example, sometimes there’s a ground differential between guitar/amp and microphone/PA, and you end up being the electrical conduit between your hands on the guitar strings and your mouth on the mic. Getting shocked in the face sucks. I once tried to disconnect a cable from a power strip and got a massive jolt up my arms while the club’s sound guy stared at me blankly with his arms crossed.

Even if you don’t have those kinds of occupational hazards, you’re still surrounded by electricity in your home and/or small business, and it’s important to keep electrical problems far and away from family, friends, and coworkers.

Do you recognize the warning signs? Here’s one: Every time I hit the switch on the garbage disposal in my kitchen, the light next to it flickers. Not good, and I should stop shrugging my shoulders every time I see it.

How about you? Do you have a pile of cords plugged into one outlet? Are you having issues with frequently tripped breakers, flickering lights, or blown fuses? Are you planning to do some remodeling in your house or small business? Or are you an electrician in need of a useful illustration to show clients that electrical maintenance is crucial?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, check out our infographic illustrating the average costs for electrical projects, money-saving tips for electrical bills, and ways to avoid giving yourself, loved ones, or coworkers an unexpected jolt (or worse) due to bad wiring.

Speaking of electrical projects, are you an electrician looking for a better, more precise (and safer) way to create plan drawings? Check out AutoCAD 360 Web Beta. The lightweight web app allows you to create drawings easily without the CAD experience needed for more robust AutoCAD programs.

And now, the “shocking” facts.


Now please share your story: Have you ever tried to do your own electrical work when you shouldn’t have? What advice do you have for hiring an electrician? Or if you are an electrician yourself, what tips can you give homeowners to avoid electrical accidents?

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