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How To Save Money on Your Electric Bill This Fall

save money on your electric billIn many homes, the coming of winter spells higher electric bills because of heating systems and other electrical appliances. There are some things you can do that are easy and can save you money.  Your electrician can help you find things in your home that are using electricity.  By passing these items if they aren’t necessary is an option when you are trying to conserve your energy consumption and lower your electric bill.  Here are a few other things you can do:

Use Natural light and heating

During the winter you can take advantage of the natural sunlight and heat by opening your south facing window coverings each day and closing them at night.

Seal Your Home For Winter

Cover drafty windows with insulating window treatments. Honeycomb shades or heavy drapes work well. Seal around any opening to your home so cold air doesn’t come in and warm air doesn’t escape. This includes openings around windows and doors, and openings around pipes and fixtures.

Heating System Maintenance

Heating systems consume a lot of energy. Make sure your heating system is running efficiently.    Repair any leaks or damage to your heating system. Adjusting your thermostat down a little can save you money on your electric bill. At night use warm blankets and wear warm clothes during the day. You can save money by turning the thermostat down when you’re out of the house.  A programmable thermostat can help you keep track of your settings.

Other Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill

One quarter of your electric bill comes from running your water heater. You can save money by reducing the water temperature a few degrees. Switching to LED lights can also help you conserve on your electric bill.

 

For an energy audit or help in conserving your electric bill, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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Installing Your Electric Fireplace

installing your electric fireplaceElectric Fireplaces are popular this time of year. There are many good reasons why people choose an electric fireplace insert over a gas or wood-burning fireplace. Here are the pros and cons of choosing an electric fireplace or electric fireplace insert.

Electric Fireplaces are Safe

When it comes to electric fireplaces, you don’t have too much to worry about. Unlike wood burning fireplaces, you don’t have to worry about fires or the smell of smoke. Wood fireplaces are messy and require some work. You have to clean the fireplace and hunt for or buy wood. Gas fireplaces also emit a smell or fumes. They have a flame so fire is possible but their casing allows them to be placed directly next to wood or other burnable materials. Because a leak cannot be detected right away, you need a carbon monoxide detector to be safe if you have a gas fireplace.

Electric fireplaces have no fumes, no flames and don’t emit odors or hazardous gases. They are safe and can be used next to wood and other flammable objects. They are least expensive to install and work well if you have no fireplace chimney or natural gas nearby.

Can Electric Fireplaces Heat Your Room?

Most electric fireplaces are used for their aesthetic appeal. They do produce some heat to help make a room cozy. They operate anywhere from 1500 BTUs to 5000 BTUs on average. Usually a 40,000 BTU gas fireplace can heat an average size living room to give you an example.   On the positive side, the heat can also be turned off if you just want to look at the flames.

Electric Fireplace Cons

Besides looking nice and heating a little, electric fireplaces will cause your electric bill to increase a little. They aren’t really meant to heat a large area. The fire itself looks somewhat real. How real it looks and what the appearance is has a lot to do with the price and quality of the unit you purchase. Some models allow you to adjust the flames too.

Installing Your Electric Fireplace or Electric Fireplace Insert

Installing an Electric fireplace is easy.   Often you just need to plug it into an electrical outlet. You may need to move an outlet to accommodate where you want to place your fireplace.  Electric fireplaces come in all kinds of sizes and styles, including a wall mount.  If you are using an electric fireplace insert, you need to close off your existing chimney and make sure your unit fits properly. You can also construct a casing for your unit.

If you have any questions about installing your electric fireplace or you need help installing an electrical outlet. Call Rose Brothers and Sons electric and we will be happy to help you.

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Insurance and Electrical Work

licensed and insured electriciansWhy should you hire licensed and insured electricians if you can do your own electrical work? Many people who are avid do-it-yourselfers often ask if they can do their own electrical work. There are many reasons why someone might want to do their own work and many reasons why it may not be the best idea. Here are a few considerations to think about.

 Experience and Knowledge

People who work on electrical systems, upgrades and simple wiring, need to be knowledgeable about what they are doing and how to do it. Even simple wiring can be done wrong and not up to code. There is a big controversy about what will happen if you have an insurance claim (say your house burns down) and there is unpermitted work done on the house. Many people feel the insurance will pay the claim as long as the work wasn’t the cause of the fire. Safety codes and licensed and insured electricians and contractors are available to insure your home can meet inspection and to protect you if there were a problem. You may think you can cut corners and save money but it may end up costing you more in the long run.

Getting Loans and Refinancing

When it comes time to resell your property or get refinanced, you may find that repairs or additions to your home will end up hurting you instead of helping you. When you refinance or sell your home an appraisal will turn up any unpermitted or uninspected work that has been done to your house. This can in some cases hurt your chances of getting refinanced. Some lending institutions don’t want to take the chance that there might be a problem with the work that will end up costing you money and possibly foreclosure. Licensed and insured electricians or contractors remove this type of liability.

Licensed and Insured Electricians

When you hire a professional electrician, you are hiring a licensed and insured company. If you are required to get building permits, they will do that. They will also be aware of the building codes in your area and they make money by doing their work in a way that will pass inspection the first time. Insurance will ensure you that their work is covered if there were a problem later down the road. If they were responsible, your homeowners insurance may not pay the claim, but their insurance would. They also have worker’s comp so that if a worker is hurt on the job, you are not responsible for the injury and medical claims.

If you have any questions about electrical work, permits, licenses or electrical inspections, please call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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When To Call Your Electrician

professional electricianSome homeowners like to tackle most of the do-it-yourself projects in their house, including some of the electrical repairs and simple installations.  They know how to replace a light switch, install a ceiling fan or perform some basic wiring jobs.  They also know that dabbling in electricity can be a real safety hazard.  Home electrical systems cause around 55,000 fires a year costing billions of dollars in property damage.  If you are unsure what you’re doing when tackling an electrical repair, you’re better off calling a professional electrician.

Electricity Precautions

Always assume overhead wires are live and could kill you.

Leave fallen wires alone and let the utility company handle the repairs.

Never operate electrical equipment in or near standing water.

Turn off any electricity to an appliance or fixture before cleaning or repairing the item.

Do not attempt to repair electrical devices without training.

Circuit Breakers

Many safety features are built into your electrical system to shut off the power at the first sign of anything wrong.  If you notice power outages in part of the house but not the entire house, you probably have a tripped circuit breaker.  Find the main breaker panel (usually in the garage, basement or utility closet) and find the breaker that is off.  It is a good idea, if your circuit breaker panel isn’t labeled to label the circuit breakers by turning them off one by one and seeing what appliance or part of the house is connected to each circuit breaker.

Once you switch the circuit breaker back on, be aware if it shuts off again.  This is an indication that something isn’t right.  This also may be the sign, you need to call a professional electrician.

Appliances can cause the circuit breakers to switch off if there are too many high wattage items running at the same time.  Your professional electrician can install a separate circuit for these appliances.

Faulty Outlets

electrical repairsIf an electrical outlet isn’t working, make sure a wall switch isn’t hindering it from doing so.  If it is not part of a tripped circuit breaker, the outlet itself may be burned out.  If you notice any signs of blackening in the outlet plug, you need to have the plug replaced to avoid the possibility of a fire.  Don’t use the outlet, even if one of the plugs appears to be fine.

Sparks sometimes appear in an outlet when the power is quickly diverted away.  This is normal and doesn’t mean there is a problem.  On the other hand, if an outlet gets too hot, it can melt the insulation of the wires.  As the wires become exposed a serious spark can occur.  This is a short circuit that can cause an electrical fire.

Exposure to water can also cause an outlet to spark and short out. Make sure you have a special outlet known as a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installed in all your outlets that are in areas exposed to moisture.

Faulty Lights

Make sure you use the correct bulb in all your lighting fixtures.  If you find your frequently changing your light bulbs, it could be they get burnout because the wattage is higher in the bulb than the fixture can handle.  Recessed lights will also turn off if they have a built-in mechanism to prevent overheating.  The wrong bulbs may cause these lights to go off until the unit cools down.  If the bulbs are the right ones, it could be insulation touching the fixture causing it too get too hot.

Flickering lights are usually a sign there is a poor connection somewhere in the line.  Your professional electrician can help locate the break and repair it.

Calling Your Professional Electrician

If you aren’t the person who is asking, “Can I do this myself?”  you may be glad to have an electrician who can help you repair your electrical problems.    Your professional electrician at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is here to help you no matter how big or small the job is.  When it comes to safety and electrical repairs, they are just a phone call away.

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Common Electrical Accidents

electrical accidentsCommon electrical accidents can usually be prevented if you are careful.  Using your appliances and extension cords properly and having good wiring may be all you need to do to prevent an electrical accident. Here are a few things to consider to keep you and your family safe.

Water and Electricity Don’t Mix

Most people know to avoid using electrical appliances around water or while taking a bath.  What you may not know is that every year many electrical accidents occur because of using electricity around water.  All outlets that are in the vicinity of water should have the proper GFCI receptacle.  This includes, your kitchen, bath areas, laundry rooms, garage and pool areas as required by National Electrical codes.  An electrical inspection can reveal if you need to add more of these to areas of your house.

Cords and Plugs

By far the most common electrical accidents that are fatal occur because cords and plugs aren’t used properly.  Extension cords and surge protectors should be used carefully.  Never overload your cords and never use an extension cord for a permanent hook up.  Don’t hide extension cords under carpeting or rugs.  The biggest thing to remember is never use a cord that is damaged by melting or missing insulation.  If the cord or plug looks damaged, replace it or the appliance right away.  It is not worth the risk to use a damaged cord or plug.  Also, make sure you use the right outlet for the plug.  Never force a 3-prong plug into a regular outlet.

Appliances

If you’re using an appliance and you notice a burning smell, see smoke or hear a buzzing sound that is unusual, stop using the appliance until you can have it examined.  Most small appliances just need to be replaced at this point.

Fixtures

Be sure and pay attention to the bulb wattage that is recommended for your fixtures.  Putting a 100 watt bulb into a fixture rated for 40 watts can melt the wiring and cause shocks or fires.  Plugging a plug adapter into your fixture can also be dangerous and can easily overload your fixture.

Household Wiring and Electrical Accidents

When it comes to the safety of your home, you are better off allowing a professional electrician service your electrical system, circuit breakers and wiring.  If you are moving into a new home or have an older home, having an electrical inspection can give you the information you need to protect your family.  You want to make sure the wiring is done correctly and that no circuits are overloaded.  Anytime you detect a potential problem with your electricity it is important to get repairs done right away.  Your electrician in Northern Kentucky will be happy to help.  Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Hiring a Cincinnati Electrician

Cincinnati ElectricianGreater Cincinnati electricians are here to help you.   Electrical repairs in and around the home or office can be very tempting for do-it-yourselfers, mostly because people would not pay an electrician to come and change a light bulb or fix a plug.

Why Do I Need To Hire an Electrician in Cincinnati?

Novice electrical repairs and installations can result in injury, and dangerous mistakes are not always obvious to the amateur. Besides the very real danger of burning your house down, if you attempt to do your own electrical repairs in Cincinnati, you may create bigger, more costly problems if you don’t know what you’re doing.  New electrical installations done by homeowners also must pass inspection and be done according to code.

What is Considered an Electrical Repair?

Any time you have a problem with your electricity, you can call a professional electrician to help you fix the problem.  It may be a faulty circuit, problems with your lights or circuit breaker.  It may be a problem with your pool or spa heater.  No problem is too big or too small when you need a repair.  You can also call your local Cincinnati Electrician if you need to install anything electric.  That could include installing a simple ceiling fan, security lights or upgrading your system for any reason.

What is a Qualified  Cincinnati Electrician?

When you choose an electrician in Cincinnati, you want to make sure you choose  a qualified electrician.  A qualified electrician is trained and certified to do electrical work.  Master electricians are extra qualified because of years of training and experience in electrical maintenance, repairs and installations.  At Rose Brothers and Sons electric, your electricians in Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and Southern Indiana, they have qualified technicians who are licensed and insured.  You don’t have to worry about poor workmanship or improper wiring when you hire a professional you can count on.  Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today for all your electrical repairs.

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New Electrical Ideas for Your Kitchen

electrical ideas for your kitchenThere are many electrical ideas for your new kitchen and new electrical kitchen gadgets to help with all your cooking and baking needs.  Here are a few easy to add electrical solutions for the kitchen that will make your life easier and the time spent in your kitchen more enjoyable.

Electrical Outlet Ideas in the Kitchen

When it comes to designing your kitchen, it doesn’t take much to add the right amount of electrical outlets and to have them conveniently placed throughout the kitchen.  You can choose to have them mounted in the back-splash either vertically or horizontally for a unique look.  You can also have them mounted under the cabinets where they are hidden.   Under cabinet lights are also a great option, to provide lighting for each area of your counter top.

Instant Hot Water Tap

This is a great invention for allowing you to get just the right temperature water at all times.  It can be energy efficient and allows you to dispense with the kettle on the stove for tea.  There are hot only models and hot and cold models too.  They look similar to your kitchen sink and are a great convenience as an electrical kitchen gadget.

Induction Stoves

Induction stoves are a great alternative way to cook.  They are more energy efficient than regular cooking stoves because they don’t actually heat the surface of the stove, they heat the pan.  They cook similar to a gas stove as far as cooking goes, however there is no flame.  They do require special pans and flat bottoms on the pans.  They are one solution for handicap ready kitchens as they have less heating area which makes them safer,  they turn off by themselves and they are shallower so that you could install them with room for your wheelchair.

Electrical Ideas for Your Kitchen are Limitless

When it comes to designing a new kitchen, there are so many wonderful electrical ideas for your kitchen.  With all the electrical kitchen gadgets and ideas for handicap ready kitchens, designing a solution for your lifestyle is fun and rewarding.  If you have any questions or need help with your electrical ideas for your kitchen, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Electric Repairs and Tips To Save You Money

electric repairsThere are a few electric repairs and summer time money saving tips that can help lower your electric bill.  August can be one of the hottest months of the year and the average home spends hundreds of dollars a year on energy costs, mostly because of air conditioning.  You can lower your electric bill and help save the environment by following some of these recommendations.  See which of these you can implement and start reaping the rewards of extra savings.

Control Your Thermostat

If your house is like mine, there is a constant war over the thermostat.  My daughter is always hot and likes to keep the air on really high.  My husband is more conservative and follows behind her and turns it back down.  It is suggested that your thermostat should be set to 78 degrees when your home and 80 or more when your away.   You are likely to save up to 3 percent per degree over 72 degrees. Many people are installing new digital thermostats to regulate their homes more.  There are many different ones on the market that can help control your energy use.  Your professional electrician can help with electric repairs and thermostat installations.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep the air moving in your home.  Many times you can set your thermostat higher and stay comfortable with the use of ceiling fans.  Make sure your fan blades are rotating counter clockwise to push air down and maximize air circulation.  If you need to install more ceiling fans, call your professional electrician and they can help.

Use Appliances Sparingly

Your microwave is the most energy efficient way to cook.  It uses less energy than your stove and it won’t heat up the kitchen.  This will help with your cooling bill.  Your dryer is also a huge consumer of electricity.  You can lower your utility bill by hanging clothes outside on a clothes line.  Peak electricity use hours are from 4pm to 6pm.  Avoid running appliances during this time especially if an electricity emergency is declared. Turn off appliances, lights, power strips and equipment when not in use. Unplug  the spare refrigerator if you have one but don’t really need it.  Freezers that are plugged in but not full will be more costly to run too.  Consider replacing older appliances with newer more energy efficient appliances.

Install a Whole House Fan

If you don’t have an attic fan, consider installing one.  A whole house fan can draw cool air into your home through the windows and suck the hot air up and out through the attic vents.  These are best used in the evening and early morning and can help reduce your air conditioning use.  Your electrician can help you determine if an attic fan would work in your home.

HVAC Maintenance

Having your HVAC system checked and maintained will cause it to work better and more efficient.  You can save energy with clean filters too.  If you have an older a/c unit, you may want to replace it with a newer more energy efficient model.   If you plant trees around your a/c unit, it will use about 5% less energy.   Leaking ductwork needs to be repaired to save around 25% of your energy bill.

Keeping Up With Electrical Repairs

Whenever you notice a problem with your electricity it is important to get it fixed right away.  Repairing things when the problem is first noticed and small, beats waiting and facing larger and more costly repairs later.  Electrical repairs and  electrical upgrades can also help with your energy and utility bills.  Older homes may need electrical repairs to ensure their electric is efficient and economical.  Your electrician can help you determine if there are other ways you can save on your electric bill.  If you have any questions or need electric repairs, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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Small Jobs by Your Cincinnati Electrician

Cincinnati electricianYes, you can hire a Cincinnati Electrician to do all sorts of jobs.  At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric, they are happy to help you achieve your remodeling goals no matter what size job it is.  You would be surprised how many things you can update or add to your home that can make you more comfortable or cause you to enjoy your home more.

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a great way to add a little air flow to your bedroom or sun room.  They don’t cost too much to operate and can at times reduce your cooling bill.  Adding a ceiling fan with a light can replace existing light.  Maybe you have a fan now but need to add the light underneath.  These are small jobs that usually don’t take too long.  They are inexpensive but can help you enjoy your home more and maybe sleep better.  Having a ceiling fan on a screened porch will ensure you are comfortable even on the hottest days.  You Cincinnati electrician will be happy to help your install your ceiling fans.

Convenience Lighting

Having the right light where you need it, is a huge convenience.  Under cabinet lighting can help you if you would like to use all your counter space but need to have better lighting to see.  Also having more individual lights can enable you to use more natural lighting instead of lighting up the whole area.  Maybe adding a reading light to your bedroom or beside your special chair would be nice.  You would be surprised how hiring an electrician in Cincinnati to add a few lights can do wonders for your eyesight and comfort.

Electrical Entertainment Areas

When it comes to electronics, not everyone is up to speed on installing the latest entertainment systems.  Your Cincinnati electrician can help you run speaker wires and install your sound system.  They can help you hook up your computer to your TV and any other high tech set up you’re interested in.  When it comes to electronic entertainment systems you can trust an electrician to do a great job setting them up.

Security Systems

With today’s technology, you can afford a security system to monitor your house while you’re home or away.  Your electrician in Cincinnati can help you set up cameras and get the system up and running.  You don’t have to have the no-how to enjoy all the gadgets available on the market.

Your Trusted Cincinnati Electrician

When you want to hire an electrician for your small jobs around the house, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a great company to call.  They have decades of experience in the area and are available to help with all your electric needs.  You can count on them for prompt service and excellent customer satisfaction.  Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Pests Causing Electrical Repairs

electrical repairs Pest can cause you to need electrical repairs in Northern KY because of exposed wiring.  Many rodents like mice, rats and squirrels like to chew through the insulation on your household wiring.  This exposes the wires and can be a fire hazard. It can also cause your electrical appliances and household wiring to need electrical repair.

Noticing Pest Infestation

You may notice rodent droppings in enclosed areas or the attic.  Rats and mice will come into your home through small openings in the floors and doorways.  They are usually after food and in the winter a warm place to nest.  Squirrels are often found in the attic.  If you have noticed a rodent problem, you can bait and trap the animals or call an exterminator to get rid of squirrels.  If you use poison, you need to be careful with pets and children.  You will also run the risk or having the rodent die inside your house where it will smell offensive.

Checking Your Wiring

You may find that animals have been gnawing on your wires in your home.  If you find chewed wires, you may have a short in your electric.  You can call a professional electrician to help with your Northern KY  electrical repairs like these.  You may also notice your lights flickering or your electric going in and out.  This may be a sign of an electrical short and wiring that has been chewed.

Calling for Dependable Electrical Repair in Northern KY

If you are looking for a company to do electrical repairs in Northern KY, choose a company you can depend on to provide you with excellent customer service and knowledgeable electrical repair.  Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a company servicing the Northern Kentucky area with electrical repair service.  They have master electricians who are qualified and experienced in all types of electrical repair.

If you need service, they are available 24/7 to help with all your electrical repairs and electrical needs.  They are experienced in repairing small problems and larger problems in residential and commercial areas.  For all your electrical repairs in Northern KY, call the electricians you can trust, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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