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Thermostats and Control Systems

You can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat. Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning […]

The Smart Grid and Consumer Engagement

The Smart Grid offers many opportunities for consumers to save energy and for utilities to operate the grid in a more efficient, effective, and reliable way. But some features enabled by the Smart Grid also involve some sacrifice on the part of consumers, such as holding off on running your dishwasher until later in the […]

Americans know how to save energy

One poll recently showed that when it comes to saving energy, Americans have a good idea that driving cars that are more full-efficient does more than simply turning off the lights at home.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that they’ll actually execute on that. AP-NORC Center Poll demonstrated that while those individuals whom were polled, understand […]

Time-based Energy Rates

To help reduce their peak power demands and save money, many utilities are introducing programs that encourage their customers to use electricity during off-peak hours. The programs pass on the savings to you, the customer, through rebates or reduced electricity rates. Smart meters and home energy management systems allow customers to program how and when […]

Residential Solar Power

According to Dolf Gielen, director of IRENA’s innovation and technology centre, investment in renewables is no longer a niche but rather represents the “bulk of investments in global power generation,” accounting for half of the total annual capacity additions worldwide.  “The markets are growing very fast… and further cost reductions are very likely,” he said adding […]

Brighten your home

As an electrician, I am often asked how my customers could brighten their homes reducing their dependence on electricity. Here are a few things to think about. Drapes, blinds, shades, shutters adversely effect the brightness of your home while giving you privacy and decor. If you are trying to do both at the same time, […]

The Smart Home

How will the Smart Grid affect your home? It won’t look very different, but behind the scenes a lot will be happening. Even right now, in many cities across the nation, new equipment, appliances, and software are available that use emerging Smart Grid technologies to save energy, seek out the lowest rates, and contribute to […]

Solar Photovoltaic Systems Costs Declined

The installed cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2010 and into the first half of 2011

Renewable Energy

President Obama has called for the United States to secure 25% of our electricity from clean, renewable resources by 2025. And yet, renewable sources other than hydropower still provide only about 5% of the electricity supply for our grid. What’s holding us back? Our grid is partly to blame. The physical reality is that the […]

Americans know how to save energy

One poll recently showed that when it comes to saving energy, Americans have a good idea that driving cars that are more full-efficient does more than simply turning off the lights at home.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that they’ll actually execute on that. AP-NORC Center Poll demonstrated that while those individuals whom were polled, understand […]

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Electrical Thermal Imaging Surveys

| June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

An electrical infrared survey involves capturing thermal images of electrical distribution equipment including fuse boards, MCB Boards, switchboards, control panels etc. The images are analysed to identify thermal anomalies which have the potential to cause equipment failure and damage to property. A report is generated that identifies all of the equipment surveyed together with detail of any […]

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Electrical Preventive Maintenance

| June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Too many people mistakenly think a lack of moving parts means little can go wrong with electrical systems. In fact, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) reports that the failure rate of electrical components is three times higher for systems without preventive maintenance programs.The two top causes of electrical distribution failures — loose […]

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Plug-in Electric Vehicles

| February 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are now being rolled out to consumers throughout the United States. General Motors Company is producing the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid. Ford Motor Company is producing the Ford Electric Focus and Nissan Motors is manufacturing the Leaf, both of which are all-electric vehicles. And a number of startup companies are […]

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