We highly recommend if you have Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) breakers, breaker boxes, load centers, or panel boards, that you get these replaced immediately. A breaker should trip when the box is overloaded but the FPE equipment has been proven to “lock on” during overload.
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With the increase in LED Lighting options available along with a steady decline in their overall cost to produce and purchase, there really isn’t a good reason why you haven’t started converting your household/business over to LED lighting. Light Emitting Diodes (LED) vs. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) LED light bulbs technology has improved to the point…
The concept of tankless water heating is pretty simple – instead of heating water and storing it in a tank where energy is lost throughout the day, tankless systems heat water on demand, only as hot water is actually needed and used.
With more people concerned about the environment, building and decorating green has never been more popular. One of the easiest ways for homeowners to limit their environmental impact is to consider replacing the lighting inside their home. Incandescent bulbs waste energy and burn out quickly, and when the more energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs outlive their usefulness,…
It may be time to upgrade your electrical service. Thirty years ago, the average new home was equipped with a 60 amp electrical service connected to a screw-in fuse panel with two fuse blocks. The common distribution was a fuse block for the stove and one for the hot water tank. Twenty years ago the…
With so many home power generators on the market today, the task of buying one can be overwhelming. There are just too many to choose from. What price, model, size or manfacturer will best suit your needs?
Properly done outdoor lighting can have a beauty and charm all its own and at the same time provide nightime safety for your walkways and garden
If you have a Zinsco breaker box, we highly recommend that you have it replaced immediately.
Things you should know about aluminum wiring in houses. Aluminum is not as conductive as copper, gold, or silver. Aluminum has has a higher electrical resistance than these other metals and expands and contracts much easier than copper. As the “load” or amperage increases on the conductor, it expands. When the load decreases, the conductor…
Extension cords should only be used as a temporary circuit “extension” for work or tool use and not to replace a shortage of electrical outlets. These cords were designed to help you with the use of tools such as a weed eater or power saw but not as a permanent wiring method.
An Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) is a circuit breaker that breaks the circuit when it detects an electric arc in the circuit it protects to prevent electrical fires.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)
The GFCI is a device that detects current flowing to the gound and turns off the electricity. If you are shorting out an energized circuit to ground, you are being shocked or electrocuted. The GFCI detects this and turns it off, saving your life!
Some helpful tips to reduce your energy consumption around the home and help save you money on your monthly electric bill.
Maintaining your home smoke detectors and how you can stop that annoying chirping sound.
DIY: Ceiling Fan Installation Guide.
DIY: How to install a light fixture
Turn off all power for circuit at breaker. Turn off switch. Remove screws from switch cover. Remove old switch or dimmer. Install new switch and secure wires with wire nuts. Install screws to attach switch or dimmer to switch box. Re-install cover plate with screws. Turn on house power. Turn on switch or dimmer. 954-941-2625…
To identify a breaker that has been “tripped” may vary slightly but they all work the same way. The breaker in question will be loose and resting between the on and off position. in most cases you will see an orange or red indicator on the breaker. Breakers will trip by design when there is…
There are many advantages to the consumer when choosing green technology. Not only are you helping to preserve the environment but you can save money and lower your electrical bills. Eco-friendly appliances are designed to use less energy which means that you are using less electricity when you use them and therefore, reduce your electrical bill. When you are buying household appliances, look for those that have an “Energy Saving Recommended” mark. Those appliances that have an A rating will save you the greatest amount of energy.
The In-House electrical inspection can be done by the home owner but please always use safety first. We recommend using a camera and note pad to make notes of any observed issues.
Have a professional check your wiring to ensure it is safe or give proper advice on replacement.
Do you have Knob and Tube wiring? This type of wiring is not only old and inefficient but it poses a serious fire hazard and can be an accident just waiting to happen. The demand for current was much lower back in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s when this wiring was nstalled. Todays electrical demands are 100 times what they were 50 years ago.