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What You Should Know: Electrical Safety

If you don’t know the rules, working with electricity on or near a home can be hazardous. These tips will help you to work safely and effectively when doing projects on your home.

Safety is Crucial

In any DIY project, safety is of concern, but this concern is especially heightened when working with an electrical system inside your home. The level of danger when working around electricity should not be underestimated, as there is always a level of danger of getting shocked. It is very important to take many precautions when doing home improvement projects on your home and only practice basic wiring. If the wiring exceeds your knowledge, you must leave the installation and repairing to a professional or licensed electrician.

Updating  Old Equipment is a Must

When electricians work on your home, they may recommend that you upgrade an old home device with a newer one to enhance safety in your home. For example, a GFCI, or ground fault interrupter, is an electrical device that cuts the power off to your home when it senses an imbalance, or something strange on the line. Electrical codes require that homes have GFCI protection in an area prone to wetness, like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. The problem is, many older homes don’t have this amenity. You can protect these areas of your home by replacing old outlets with the GFCI or installing ground circuit breakers in your home’s electrical panel. A GFCI works more efficiently than a circuit breaker as it response to electrical current variations that would be too small to be detected by the circuit breaker.

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Handling Plugs and Cords

Grasp the plug itself and not the actual cord when removing a plug from a socket. Pulling the cord causes the wires inside the cord to short circuit and can shock you. It is a fire hazard as well. Never run cords under carpets. This is another fire hazard that can cause frayed cord wires. Any frayed electrical cords should be replaced or repaired. Never use electrical appliances in wet places. If you absolutely must, use a portable GFCI outlet. Never use too many plugs in one outlet. Use a power strip and if possible but one with a built-in circuit breaker for added protection.

Electrical Inspection

After any project you do in your home regarding electricity, have it checked out by a professional. They will check for how the system is wired, how neat the job is, and indicate whether or not it meets safety standards. The inspector will check the main electrical panel and any junction boxes to ensure that everything is grounded properly. No matter how small the violation, if any are found you will need to repair them before an inspector can approve your electrical system.

 

Joel Cobb, owner of AmeriServ is Atlanta’s most trusted Home Services Company, providing Residential and Commercial Electrical Services as well as Residential and Commercial Garage Door Repair, Service and Install.

 

The Benefits of Solar Panels

solar panelsCrystalline photovoltaic (PV) modules are the first generation of solar electricity technology.  With a proven track record, Crystalline is the most widely-adopted PV product in the market because it offers the highest sunlight conversion efficiencies, has demonstrated reliability over several decades, is offered at an increasingly competitive price point, and is ideal for roof-mount applications, carports, sunshades, ground-mounts, trackers, and more.  Furthermore, Crystalline panels have rigid, anodized frames with hail-resistant tempered glass, weigh less than 3lbs/sq.ft., and maintain power ratings between 175 and 400 watts.

The benefits of solar panels for your building are undeniable.  Adding Crystalline modules to your building will allow business owners and property managers to take advantage of:

–          Federal income tax credits

–          Utility and state rebates

–          Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)

–          Accelerated depreciation

–          Hedge against future energy price increases

–          Market your building as green and energy efficient

–          Lower your carbon footprint and other environmental attributes

–          Obtain LEED points and increase energy star score

The benefits of solar panels, when used in conjunction with white, reflective roofing are further amplified.  When installed together, solar PV and reflective roofing options:

–          Are more cost efficient than roof-only or solar-only options

–          Maximize all solar rebates and new tax rebates for roof replacements

–          Increase your EnergyStar score

–          Lower utility bills and hedge against rising utility rates

–          Reduce the carbon footprint of your building

Installing solar PV allows you to produce your own power, thus significantly reducing your energy bill.  The amount you save is dependent upon the size of your solar PV system and the electricity used by your business.  Although you will still draw some power from the utility grid, it will be at a lower rate tier.  Solar installers will determine the optimal system based on your utility rate structure to serve your energy needs.  If your solar system produces more electricity than your building can use immediately, your excess power is transferred back to the utility grid and your meter actually spins backwards.  When this occurs, utility companies will pay or credit you for the excess electricity.

Your solar system will be most productive during the peak hours of the day (10am-2pm), when utility rates are at their highest.  However, this is certainly advantageous for building owners as they can sell excess electricity at high peak rates in the afternoon and buy it back during low, off-peak hours at night.  This action is commonly referred to as net metering.

Installing solar PV reduces your electricity bill, conserves natural resources, and lowers the carbon footprint of your building.  Solar panels are low maintenance, very reliable, and highly effective.

Douglass Colony, a company that does commercial roofing in Denver, is pleased to bring you this article on the benefits of solar panels. If you are interested in commercial solar in Denver, be sure to check out their website today.

Choosing the Best Lighting for a Commercial Building

Compact-Fluorescent-BulbOperating a commercial business can be expensive, and one of the most expensive costs is the utility bill. Many business owners take advantage of various methods to conserve energy in their homes, but often forget that many of the money-saving techniques they use at home can also be used for their business. One of the most effective energy-saving changes you can make for your business is to change the lighting. There are two primary types of lighting you can use in a business that will help to reduce energy costs: fluorescent and/or LED.

Fluorescent Lighting

It is common for commercial buildings to have fluorescent bulbs as the primary source of lighting for the interior of the building. Fluorescent bulbs use less energy than standard bulbs, so they are cost effective and they produce an evenly distributed bright light. Although fluorescent lighting is ideal for the interior of a warehouse or department store where there is a need for extra bright lights, they are typically not recommended for outside use or for use in a building that houses individual offices.

LED Commercial Lighting

Technology is truly evolving and with modern technology comes the ability to light up a commercial building with inexpensive LED lighting. There are several reasons why LED lights are recommended for a commercial building.

  • Reduced energy bills. When you replace the old lighting in your commercial building with LED lighting, the amount of energy consumption may be reduced by as much as 75 percent.
  • Cooler building. LED lights use less electricity; therefore, they emit less heat, which makes them safe to touch as well as beneficial for keeping the indoor temperature of your building more stabilized.
  • Reduced maintenance. LED commercial lights are significantly more durable and longer lasting than standard bulbs, so the maintenance cost for changing bulbs will decrease significantly.
  • Less expense. Although LED bulbs may initially cost slightly more than standard bulbs, the life span of an LED bulb is about 50,000 hours for commercial use. This is about 30 times longer than a halogen bulb and five times longer than fluorescent bulbs.
  • Non-toxic. Fluorescent bulbs contain a small trace of mercury, which can be extremely toxic when exposed. LED commercial lights do not contain mercury; in fact, they do not have anything that could pose a potential health risk to employees or visitors of your company.
  • Brightness. LED bulbs provide as much, if not more brightness than a fluorescent bulb, but they are a white light, which means it does not hurt your eyes to look directly at an LED bulb.

The lighting in your building can make the difference between the building looking dim and dull or bright and occupied. LED lights can be used both as the primary interior and exterior lighting source for your commercial building. If you want to start conserving energy, do your part to save the environment and spend less money on utility bills — the first place to make changes is with the buildings lighting source.  

Rene is a freelance writer who regularly writes on topics that provide valuable information regarding the many ways to incorporate environmentally friendly ideas such as LED lights from LightingEver into your daily lifestyle.

Use led tube lights for interiors of home

led tube lightsLed tube lights have a wide range of usage and application. Here are some of them discussed in details below- the led is greatly used for the purpose of decorative lighting. There are many varieties of colors available when it comes to led lighting. Some of the other characteristics of led lighting are that they are available in small sizes, can be great for energy saving purpose and thus are widely used for the purpose of interior decorations at offices and homes. Usually the led is attached with a PCB and comes with either flexible cable or any other material. They can also be used for any other light sources like channel letter, border light, signs, tube lights, led street lights etc.

The led lights are also used for the purpose of illumination. With the advent of the led light technology, if you arrange an array of white led lights in a certain manner; you can also use these lights for illuminating the interiors of your home with table lamps, light, garden lamp etc.

One of the most common and also typical applications of the led light technology is to use it for the display purpose. When there is a large scale display or any kind of message display, led can be used. Such large screen displays are usually seen in the sports field, business and commercial centers, airports etc.

The led is also used as the back light for lcd since they are small in size and also saves a lot of energy. Since the power consumption is low, they are perfect for using as the lcd backlight as well.

One of the most inherent properties of the led lights is the monochromaticity. The led lights emit a pure color and that too in a narrow frequency range. The led color emitted is measured and identified by the peak wavelength or the lpk and the nanometer. The peak wavelength is one of the functionalities of the chip within the led. The composition of the chip determined the wavelength of the led light and thus the color of the light emitted from the led.

You must know that white is the combination of all colors but human eye is unable to perceive the white light and thus does not require the combination of all colors for the spectrum for white light. Instead a combination of the basic three colors like red, green and blue is good enough to give the idea of white light when combined in right proportions.

Based on this simple principle of physics, new researches have been conducted for fabricating the led with white light. One of the best solutions is to bury a GaN type of led with blue emission that has an InGaN active layer with a YAG pond that emits yellow fluorescence light.

There are many websites that can provide you with details about the led lights and you can search for them online and get the necessary detailed information for your benefits and knowledge.

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Safety Issues When Working on Electricity Projects

OutletEven professionals who have been employed in the industry for decades need to be careful with electrical work. However, when you’re taking care of your own small-scale electrical work at home, it’s even more important that you’re safe, since it’s unlikely that you have the same training or experience as a professional electrician.

Below are some of the major safety precautions that you should take when working on an electrical project.

Tools and Gear

Wire SnippersWhen you’re about to take on a small-scale electricity project, make sure that you have the appropriate tools and safety gear necessary. Safety gear for electrical projects includes gloves, masks, appropriate shoes and glasses, so that you’re not putting yourself in danger when you start on the electrical work. If you need to use a ladder, make sure that the ladder is absolutely not aluminum. If you don’t have the gear and tools needed, don’t even think about getting started until you do.

Is the Power off?

Once you’ve got all of your gear on, and all of your tools set-up, make sure that all of the power is turned off. If you’re unsure, you can purchase a device from a hardware store that can find out for you, so you don’t have to put yourself in harms way when working on your own electrical work.

Monitor the Weather

It’s common knowledge that a heavy storm may cause electrical problems in your home or place of work. You can protect the electricity in your home or office by using surge protectors on all of your most important devices, so you don’t run the risk of a massive storm or flood affecting your equipment. When you have surge protectors installed in your home or office, you can save on the amount of electrical work that must take place as a result of a power outage due to a storm or flood.

If you absolutely need to work on an electrical project in wet conditions for some reason, make sure that your hands are not wet and that you’re wearing water-proof boots and clothing to prevent electrical shock. You really should never have to work on an electrical project in this type of weather, as electrical work in wet weather is something best left to the professionals.

Be Vocal

If you’re working on an electrical project in your home or office, make sure that you let other people know what you’re working on and try to place signs on the circuit panel, so that people know that the power is off for a reason. If you don’t, you run the risk of someone turning the power back on when you’re in the middle of the job, which could cause a large problem for you safety-wise. It’s also smart to have someone with you when you’re work on your electrical project, so that you’re not alone in case something goes wrong.

Also, make sure that you and those around you are trained in CPR and electrical safety.

Should I Hire a Professional?

Before taking on any electrical work, it’s best to determine if this project is something that you can handle without the help of a professional. If you do your research, you can find a professional who is able to take care of your electrical work, without charging you an arm and a leg. In cases when you just don’t think you have enough knowledge or experience to handle your electrical work, it’s always best to be safe, rather than sorry, and go with a professional.

 

Lahav Group is a Ventura county contractor. We have been serving Californians for over 14 years in electrical contracting projects, residential and commercial renovations.
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