Are your lights blinking? Do you need to add another receptacle in an area that doesn’t have one? Does a breaker keep tripping for no reason? It sounds like you need an electrician. But hiring an electrician can be a frustrating experience. It can also be expensive unless you hire the right person who will save you money (and trouble) in the long run. When choosing an electrician to come out to work on your house, no matter how small the project, being licensed and insured should be a requirement.
Hire Licensed Electrician That’s Local
You might be wondering why hiring an insured electrician is so important. Here are a few reasons:
First and foremost, your safety is of the utmost importance. A properly licensed and insured electrician is more likely to do the job correctly, reducing the risk of injury to you or anyone else. Death or injury by electric shock due to an improperly wired outlet, switch, or other mishap is a very real danger. To avoid this sort of accident, you are better off hiring a reputable, licensed, and insured electrician.
Being licensed is not necessarily the best, but it is a start. There are licensed electricians that are not up to par. Continue reading
I recently completed a standby generator installation. This local installation included a 20 KW standby generator with an automatic transfer switch. The homeowner was happy with the outcome and has had no problems with the unit.
The load at his house was tested.His electrical panel was inspected. His needs for power during a utility outage was discussed. The final outcome was for a 20 KW standby generator.
Standby Generator Installation
Whole House or Standby Generator Installation
Before a standby generator installation, remember to take into consideration the needs of your family. During a utility power outage, that is not the time to figure out what appliances, blow dryers, computers,etc., you need to run in your house.
The installation of a standby generator may be complete, but it is not a set-it and forget-it purchase. Generators require regular maintenance. Just like the car you drive needs regular check-ups, so does a generator. If you never do maintenance on your car, it will give you trouble just when you need it. A generator is the same thing. If you do no maintenance on it, it will give you trouble just when you need it.
This customer is happy with the installation. What’s keeping you from purchasing a standby generator for you home?
Is there a way to eliminate global warming? If we save energy, will that eliminate global warming? Read on to find out the answer. If we use less energy, then we will not affect the environment as much as we are now. But this puts pressure on homeowners. The rise and drop in temperatures in the coming years will mean only one thing, more energy and fuel are needed to control the environment and make homes more comfortable.
Over the years, new technology has been invented to improve the manner of living – energy saving devices are not excluded. However new technology, as always, is a bit expensive at first. Initially, it costs more to buy a car that is efficient but the monthly bill of gasoline will be a lot less. Continue reading
You’ve heard about global warming. But do you know what is it and how it affects you? According to Wikipedia, it is the “continuing rise in the average temperature of Earth’s climate system.” How it affects you is through the rise in higher temperatures. Higher temperatures mean you will run your central air conditioning unit more often causing your electric bills to sky rocket. I’d like to talk a little about a particular aspect of global warming that sometimes gets overlooked. It is global warming through waste management.
Solid waste is not always an issue we all want to talk about. But now, as the growing concern for the environmental protection is at its highest, we all need to delay throwing our water bottles a bit longer and think what we are doing to our only earth, our neighborhood. Continue reading
Water is our life. We need water to live. But have you ever looked inside? Do you know what’s in your water? Is city drinking water worth the risk? We are supposed to have one of the most sophisticated water systems in the world. But when testing water, there were unregulated chemicals found in many cities drinking water. What about a clean water filtration system? Is that right for you and your family?
Where were you when the lights went out? Waiting for your standby generator to come on in 30 seconds, I hope. There are many reasons homeowners lose power these days. It could be due to a storm where a tree falls on your utility power line or it could be due to excessive summer heat putting a greater load on the utility power company. But no matter the reason, homeowners lose utility power more frequently. That’s all the more reason for homeowners to have a standby generator.
A standby generator is installed near your home that comes on 30 seconds after you lose utility power. The amount of power a generator will produce is related to the size and load of your generator when it was installed. The load of your panel in your home needs to be calculated by someone who is factory trained or a master electrician. It needs to be done by someone who’s accomplished in generator installations. Now this can be confusing to some customers who get several generator estimates. Continue reading
Bad Electrical Work
When homeowners are selling their house, the Realtor will ask if you have had any upgrades or changes to the original house. The Realtor will ask you which licensed contractor you used. For instance, I installed a generator for a homeowner. The inspector noted that she needed some electrical things taken care of outside of the generator. The inspector knew of me and my work and he recommended me to the homeowner. She called me back to do the additional work. They asked for a price. They got a fair job for a fair price. She knew how to hire a contractor.
As a homeowner, how do you know what contractors to hire? Continue reading
You need to hire a licensed professional when you are having electrical improvements at your home. If a licensed professional cannot do exactly what you want, it is because he is limited by the National Electric Code, or N.E.C. If you want to add a microwave to your kitchen, it is not as simple as installing a receptacle. The electrician may need to install a new circuit. Problems may come in when he tried to run a wire down an inside wall to where you want the placement of that microwave. You need to develop a relationship with your electrician. He will get to know your house and its electrical limitations. To get to know an electrician, that means hiring a local professional. I’m sure there are electricians that have been around a while in your area. I’d be a little hesitant to hire someone who just moved to your state. This is even more extreme when it comes to installing a solar powered system. Continue reading
Solar energy has been around for a long time. It has proven itself. Companies and their workers may come and go but solar stayed. The benefits of solar power from the sun outweigh the negative stories you’ve heard. There has been one company in my state that has been installing solar photovoltaic for years. They advertised it on TV commercials that homeowners could lease a system and only pay a minimum amount to their utility power company, that turned out not to be true. Then someone brought it to the attention of the state that he didn’t have a contractor’s license (general contractor or electrical contractor) to install photovoltaic. After all his advertising on TV, do you mean to tell me that no one checked his credentials? How would you like to find out that the person who installed an electrical device system on your home -where your family lives and plays – is not properly licensed to do that? Continue reading
Have you switched your incandescent light bulbs over to LED lamps? You’ve probably noticed that it’s getting harder to find your favorite incandescent bulb. The reason being that the Energy Independence and Security Act (ESIA) of 2007 was passed to help reduce energy usage. This increased energy efficient standards for all lamps or bulbs. These standards were not implemented overnight. They started by forbidding the manufacturing of “non-compliant” incandescent light bulbs and they can’t be imported either.
Here’s what their plan looked like:
January 2012 – 100 Watt Bulbs Banned
January 2013 – 75 Watt Bulbs Banned
December 2014 – 60 and 40 Watt bulbs Banned
You could probably find a few of these Continue reading