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Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips

outdoor electrical safety tipsThis is the time of year when outdoor electrical safety tips are important to consider. With Halloween just around the corner, millions of Americans will be hosting outdoor activities or participating in trick or treat. While decorating your house and using fancy lights, blow up figures and other electrical decorations is fun, you also need to ensure the safety of your friends and family. Rose Brothers and Sons can provide outdoor outlets and other electrical services. Here are a few outdoor electrical safety tips to keep you and your family safe:

Outdoor Outlets

It is important to keep outdoor outlets away from water. Outdoor outlets installed correctly will have protection from the weather. This includes outlet covers and a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). This will offer additional protection from electrical shock.

GFCIs are required for outlets within 20 feet of a water source. Outlets near the pool, hot tub or other water using appliances should have a GFCI.  This is one of the most important outdoor electrical safety tips you can’t ignore.

Outdoor Lighting and Decorations

Inspect your outdoor lighting and replace burned out or broken bulbs. Inspect power cords for fraying, loose plugs or other damage. Make sure if you are having guests walk through your yard that you allow enough lighting to prevent falls in the dark. If you are using an extension cord make sure it is in good working order. Extension cords should only be used for temporary needs. When using an extension cord make sure it is approved for outdoor use.   Keep cords and other items out of the way to avoid trips and falls. Never remove the third prong from a plug. Only use lighting and decorations that are manufactured for outside use.

Power Line Safety

When using a ladder to hang stringing lights or other decorations be careful and stay away from overhead power lines.   Always carry your ladder sideways instead of vertically to avoid contact with a power line.

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

Arcing of Home wiring is responsible for multiple home fires each year. Your home’s circuit breakers can’t respond quickly enough to arcing conditions to prevent household fire. An arc-fault circuit interrupter acts quickly and prevents fires.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, AFCIs will reduce electrical fires started by arcing and sparking.

Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips

We hope you enjoy your Halloween festivities. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is here to help you and your family stay safe. If you need electrical repairs, electrical installations or other wiring we can help. We also offer emergency electrical services in Northern Kentucky 24/7 for your convenience. When you need an electrician in Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help and also ensure your outdoor electrical safety is taken care of. Our licensed electricians can provide professional electrical repairs for both residential and commercial service.

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How To Save On Your Utilities This Winter

how to save on utilities this winterWe’d like to show you how to save on your Utilities this winter. If you haven’t already had an energy assessment, now may be a good time to call your electrician in Northern Kentucky to see how efficient your home is. You might be surprised to learn there are many ways to cut utility costs this fall. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Open all south facing window coverings to allow the sun to warm your house naturally in the daytime.
  • Cover drafty windows with tight fitting plastic. Select energy efficient window treatments the next time you replace your blinds or shades. Consider installing storm windows, which can save you 25% to 50% on heat loss through your windows.
  • Set your thermostat to the lowest setting you can tolerate during the day. Wear warm clothing to stay warm. At night lower the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees more for savings of up to 10%.
  • Seal Leaks around windows and doors using weather stripping or caulk. Find and seal leaks around pipes, gaps around the chimney and fireplace, gaps around recessed lights, and leaks in the unfinished spaces in cupboards and closets.

Fall Maintenance Prepares Your Home For Winter

Fall maintenance is a preventative way to prepare your home for winter and avoid winter time home repairs.  Your HVAC technician will make sure your heating system is clean and well lubricated: filters and vents that need changed or cleaned will be taken care of. Now is a good time to inspect the furnace, chimney, ducts and pipes for leaks, cracks or needed repairs. Insulate pipes, sweep the chimney, and cover your AC unit to get ready for colder weather.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector.  If you don’t have a quality smoke or carbon monoxide detector system, we can help with installation.

The Truth About Fireplaces

If you leave your chimney flue open all the time, you are losing heated air. It’s like having a window open in your home. Close the chimney flue after you’ve had a fire. Traditional fireplaces are not too effective when it comes to heating your house. Unless you have a newer fireplace insert you could be taking warm air from your room and simply sending it up the chimney. A better option to keep some of the heat in is to open a window near by about 1 inch. Close the doors to the room and turn your heat thermostat down to 50 or 55 degrees. This allows more of the heat to come into the room. Traditional fireplaces have been banned from new construction in some places because of the air pollution they cause.  You can save on your utilities by using your fireplace properly, adding a new insert or closing the flue between uses.  For more information visit the Energy.gov website about fireplaces and fireplace inserts.

A Simple Step To Save Electricity

One of the easiest ways you can save on electricity is by turning appliances off when you’re not using them. It is estimated over 3.5 billion dollars are wasted because most people leave computers and other appliances plugged in when they’re not in use. Using a power strip is the easiest way to save electricity from being used this way. Simply turn the power strip off when you’re not using the computer or appliance. This one simple step can save on your electric bill.

Replace Older Appliances

It is no coincidence that older houses and appliances use more energy. If you are wondering how to save on your Utilities this winter, consider upgrading your electricity or replacing older appliances with newer more energy efficient products. You’ll see savings right away.

How To Save On Your Utilities This Winter

If you are concerned about how to save on your Utilities this winter, contact Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and ask about ways you can ensure your electrical system is working properly and not wasting energy. A programmable thermostat may be an option that will help you keep your heating temperature under control. We would love to help you find ways to lower your heating costs and electric utilities. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today!

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Electrical Safety and Fire Prevention

electrical safety and fire preventionElectrical safety and fire prevention is an important topic to think about as the winter approaches. Families will spend more time in the home increasing the use of lights, heaters and appliances. It is estimated that most home fires occur in the wintertime. Here are a few facts about electrical safety and fire prevention:

The Statistics For Electrical Fires

The United States Fire Administration collects fire statistics each year.  Electrical fires claim over 450 lives in America each year and account for over 2300 injuries. Home electrical problems cause 67,800 fires and over $860 million in property losses. Although electrical appliances do cause some fires, home electrical wiring causes twice as many. Most of these can be attributed to poor maintenance, electrical wiring that is installed incorrectly and overloaded circuits or extension cords.

Causes of Residential Electrical Fires

Electrical Wiring causes  1/3 of fires because of faulty electrical outlets and old electrical wiring. Other fires are caused by incorrect use of extension cords. Most of these fires can be avoided with electrical safety and fire prevention. Overloading circuits, not maintaining appliances properly and not getting necessary electrical repairs cause a majority of home fires.

Electrical Safety and Fire Prevention

  • Routinely check you electrical appliances and wiring. If you see or smell smoke don’t use the outlet or appliance.
  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace any worn or damaged appliance cords immediately.
  • Use extension cords properly and don’t overload them. Don’t run extension cords under rugs.
  • Keep electrical appliances away form water sources at all times. This includes wet floors.
  • Don’t allow children to play around electrical appliances. Use child-proof plug covers.
  • Keep clothes, curtains and other combustible items away from heaters.
  • Don’t use a 3-prong plug in a 2-slot outlet.
  • Call your electrician is your outlet or light switch gets hot to the touch or your lights flicker.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm and that it is rated to detect flames as well as smoldering smoke.

Rose Brothers & Son Electric is available to help with all your electric repairs and electrical wiring. We have 3 master electricians who are on site during all electrical installations and repairs. We will make sure your home is wired properly. Electrical safety and fire prevention is always a top concern.

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How To Replace A Ceiling Light Fixture

how to replace a ceiling light How to replace a ceiling light fixture may seem complicated at first. As with all electrical projects, you should not attempt them yourself unless you feel completely comfortable working with electricity and you understand the safest ways to connect electrical wires. If you don’t follow safety guidelines and use wire nuts for this project, you could put you and your family at risk for electrical fires. If you need help with replacing a light fixture, Rose Brothers & Son Electric will be happy to help.

How To Replace A Ceiling Light Fixture

Before you begin, stop and make sure all power to the light fixture is turned off at the circuit breaker. It is more than possible that other wires besides the 3 that you’ll be working with are close by. You can use a circuit tester to check for hot wires or just turn the power off to the entire house. Now your ready to begin the steps- how to replace a ceiling light fixture:

  1. Remove any light bulbs or light bulb covers that could break during the transition.
  2. Unscrew the bolts that hold the fixture base to the mounting strap or outlet box.
  3. Lower the fixture base and you should see 3 wires. The black wire is hot, the white wire neutral and the green wire is the ground. This is the basic wiring that is used, your house may use a different color for the hot wire or have no ground wire.
  4. Disconnect the wires from the old fixture base by removing wire nuts or electrical tape
  5. Connect the wires from the new fixture. Match up the wires with their corresponding wires in the outlet box. Use a wire nut.
  6. Raise and position the new light fixture. Screw the fixture base into the mounting strip or outlet box.
  7. Add light bulbs and any bulb covers
  8. Turn the power back on.

The Easiest Way to Install A Light Fixture

For most people, working with electricity and changing a light fixture in the ceiling is more hands on then they feel comfortable with. Your Northern Kentucky electrician can install a ceiling fixture.   It is easy, safe and inexpensive. If you need help replacing a light fixture, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.

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How To Connect Two Wires Together Using A Wire Nut

how to connect two wires together using a wire nutThis is how to connect two wires together using a wire nut. If you are working on anything electric, you should always turn the electricity off or unplug the appliance you’re working on before you start. Any Northern Kentucky Electrician will tell you that if you are unfamiliar with electricity or circuitry it is always a good idea to call a professional electrician and don’t attempt DIY repairs.   There are specific electrical codes that require the right connections and the right size wire nuts.  Electricity is not only dangerous to work with but repairs that are done poorly or incorrectly pose a fire hazard that is not worth the risk. This is how to connect two wires together using a wire nut the correct way.  If you are attempting to fix a broken lamp cord or extension cord, it is often safer to buy a new cord or lamp than use a cord that has been mended.  This is not a how to mend cords.

Strip Wire Insulation

Electrical wires are insulated for protection from heat and to keep the wires from touching. Find the end of the wire you want to splice and using a wire cutter or wire stripping tool, you will first strip the insulation off the wire about an inch. Look at your wire stripper and you will notice holes with numbers. These numbers refer to the gauge size of the wire. Insert your wire into the proper hole and holding the wire with your fingers or pliers, pull the wire through the hole. It should strip the end of insulation.

Twist the Wires

After you have stripped the insulation from both wires, hold them together and using your thumb and forefinger twist the wires together. This should form a good connection that doesn’t come apart when pulled upon. You can cover this with electrical tape.

How To Connect Two Wires Together Using A Wire Nut

Once you have the electrical tape on, you can add a wire nut to the end for extra protection and insulation. This is an often-overlooked step that can cause problems in the future.

If you have questions about how to connect two wires together using a wire nut or you would like to have a professional electrician do your repairs, please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We specialize in small appliance repair and offer 24/7 emergency electrical repair services.

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

fall home maintenance checklistAs fall approaches, homeowners need to think about getting out their fall home maintenance checklist and begin preparing for the next season. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric wishes to provide this simple fall home maintenance checklist so you can prepare your home and property for the cooler temperatures of fall and winter. This checklist will ensure your home is safe, energy efficient and ready for the months to come.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

  • Inspect the gutters for debris. Fall is the time gutters can get clogged.
  • Plan to drain outdoor faucets and winterize your sprinkler system.
  • If you have a chimney, now is a good time to have your chimney cleaned and ready for the first chilly night.
  • Maintain your HVAC system.
  • Drain the water heater and remove build up
  • Test electrical outlets & GFCI outlets
  • Test carbon monoxide and smoke alarms
  • Inspect for drafts and winterize windows and doors
  • Prepare for winter storms with necessary supplies

Professional Electrical Inspections

If you need an electrical inspection, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help. It is our goal to educate commercial and residential customers while protecting families and businesses from preventable risks. Our experienced team of master electricians can assist you with your fall home maintenance checklist.

We have the expertise and knowledge to address any electrical project you have. For questions about proper maintenance of your electrical system or to request our services, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today! We will be happy to help!

 

The following is a full list of our services:

  • Residential, commercial and industrial electrical contracting
  • New construction
  • Service work
  • Renovation electric
  • Electric system inspection
  • Electrical service changes and upgrades
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement
  • Problem solving
  • Break downs in electrical service
  • Receptacles, breakers, panels
  • Lighting
  • Landscape lighting
  • Security Lighting
  • Recessed lighting
  • Ceiling fansand light fixtures
  • Computer lines
  • Spa and Pool Heater connections
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation
  • HVAC wiring
  • Transformer pads
  • Duke Energy service integration
  • Code violation repairs
  • Exterior lighting, security lighting, parking lots
  • Generators
  • Electrical storm damage, surge protection, lightning damage insurance claims accepted
  • Meter base changes
  • Commercial wiring, large amp underground service installs
  • Underground cabling
  • Industrial plant wiring, lighting, maintenance
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Northern Kentucky Electrical Service Coupons

northern kentucky electrical service couponRose Brothers & Sons Electric offers Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky electrical service coupons. You can take advantage of the many ways to save on all your electrical repairs and installations. Our current electrical service specials in NKY include the following:

  1. $50 off Electrical Service
  2. $50 off recessed lighting
  3. $149 Ceiling fan installation

On-line Electrical service Coupons

You can get Northern Kentucky Electrical service coupons or electrical repair specials off the Rose Brothers & Sons Electric website by clicking on the above link. You must follow the directions on the coupon to qualify.

Why Choose Rose Brothers & Sons Electric

We offer excellent electrical repairs and installations to both our residential and commercial customers. For your safety and ours, we are fully licensed and insured and carry Workmen’s Compensation. We have 3 master electricians on staff that work closely with their assistants to man our 3 fully stocked vans. This means you can depend on a great job done professionally. We don’t waste time running unnecessarily for common parts and we have the expertise to plan ahead and provide you with the best solutions for your electrical needs.

We are trusted electrical contractors in the area and have been for 25 years. When you need an electrical contractor, electrical repairs or emergency electrical services, you can depend on the quality and trusted work of Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. Don’t just take our word for it though. We work hard to maintain a great reputation and we will be happy to provide you with references. We also have a great BBB rating and Angie’s List listing.

Northern Kentucky Electrical Service Coupons

When you are looking for Northern Kentucky Electrical service specials or Electrical service in the NKY area, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can provide you with help for your electrical repairs or installations. Call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today! We look forward to helping you!

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Get Home Renovating Ideas During Local Home Tours

home renovation ideasNow is a great time to get home renovation ideas!  September 2015 offers two local home tours that you won’t want to miss.  Whether you have an older house you are renovating or you are thinking of choosing a builder, here are two home tours where you can see what’s happening and have some of your questions answered.

Parade Craze Tour of New Homes

According to the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, the 2015 Parade Craze Tour of New Homes is the largest Open House event in Cincinnati.  The show will offer attendees the opportunity to visit new homes every weekend during September (September 5-6; 12-13; 19-20; 26-27).  Parade Craze Tour of New Homes will feature established new home builders showcasing their homes, floor plans, communities, etc. Tickets and information are available on the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Cincinnati website

Dayton Street 19th Century Homes Tour

Once considered Millionaire’s Row, Dayton Street in Cincinnati is full of large mansions built in the late 1800s. These mansions have been under various home renovations for decades and now house some of the original artwork and period furnishings.September 13, from 1-4 dozens of these mansions will be open to the public.  Many of these homes have been restored to their past glory and some are in the midst of home renovations.  If you’re looking for a unique home tour, this might be just what you are looking for.  You can get a better idea of the houses and what they have to offer at the Dayton Street Neighborhood Association website.  Tickets for the event will be available at the corner of Dayton Street and Baymiller the day of the sale.  Tickets are $10. each.

Getting Home Renovation Ideas At Local Home Tours and New Home Shows

You will find the area of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offer a variety of home tours throughout the year.  This is just one of the many places you can find home decorating and renovating ideas.  Many people who are considering buying a new home or redecorating a home they already own, begin the process by going on local home tours, open houses and the Home Builder’s Association Homearama.  Whether you are planning to redecorate your living room, a basement, attic or bedroom, the more ideas you see and homes you tour, the better idea you’ll have of what interests you.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is proud to be a part of the Greater Cincinnati community.  We are a professional electrical contractor who can help you with all your electrical repairs and upgrades.  We are a locally owned electrical company who has been serving the area for decades.  We would love to help you with your next home renovation project or putting electric services into your new home.

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The One Question New Homeowners Often Forget To Ask

the one question new homeowners often forget to askThe one question new homeowners often forget to ask the seller is what the utility bills are. This can become a real issue if you are planning your budget and don’t factor in a higher utility bill. Here are a few things you can ask about the home that will help you determine what your utility bill will be and if there is anything you can do to upgrade the wiring or change to make your home more energy efficient.

So, How Much Does The Utility Bill Run Each Month?

Whether you are using natural gas or electric, you can tell how energy efficient the home is by the utility bills. A modern bathroom with heated floors may seem great until you consider the amount of electricity running those heaters costs. There are many items that contribute to the utility bill. This includes things like how many people live in the house and what the appliances are. You have to consider all the aspects of the current user when you start comparing utility costs with what you’re expecting or what you’re used to. This is the one question new homeowners often forget to ask.

Consider Home Energy Efficiency

When you begin looking at ways you can save money on your utility bills, look at all the appliances and see how old they are. The water heater can use a lot of energy and so can the washer and dryer. Consider alternatives to what the existing appliances are. Look around your doors and window for leaks and consider having the air ducts and HVAC system inspected. You may also be able to save money changing the lighting or depending more on natural lighting. Windows can also be a huge factor in how energy efficient your home is. Consider how old the windows are and what the cost of replacing them would be. You might be able to install quality window treatments at the windows to help with insulation and lighting. Finally consider how old the wiring is and ask your electrician if an electrical upgrade would help.

The One Question New Homeowners Often Forget To Ask

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re buying a new home. Make sure you ask all the questions you can think of and especially the one question new homeowners often forget to ask. You can save yourself a lot of headaches and extra expenses by asking questions first and planning ahead. If you have questions about your electric or need electrical repairs, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We will be happy to help you.

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Commercial Electrical Inspections Can Save You Money

commercial electrical inspectionA commercial electrical inspection can save you money. Your business can benefit from an electrical inspection by Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We will look over your electrical system to see if there are safety hazards or electrical upgrades that could save you from costly repairs or accidents that will affect your bottom line.

DIY Electricity Audits

You can audit your electricity usage by finding our how much energy each appliance and piece of equipment uses. This will help you understand where you are using the most electricity and where your money is going when you pay your electric bill. There are a number of electricity audit online calculating tools to help you track your electrical usage.

What is a Commercial Electrical Inspection?

A commercial electrical inspection is a little different. We can evaluate your electrical system to see areas where energy is being wasted. This could include faulty electrical equipment and other areas where electrical upgrades and electrical repairs could improve your overall electrical use. Electrical safety is a big concern; we look for areas where your electrical system is outdated or unsafe. This can cause fires and accidents as well as consume more energy. Your electrical inspection may save you money on your building insurance and in most cases is completely tax deductible.

Why Choose Rose Brothers and Sons Electric

If you need a commercial electrical inspection, you can trust the services of Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We are licensed and insured and offer complete electrical repairs and installations in the area. We are locally owned and family operated. Our business relies upon our reputation and our integrity. When you need an electrical contractor with years of experience and knowledge, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. See for yourself how a commercial electrical inspection can help you and your business.

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