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Should You Invest in Solar Power?

Solar power is gaining popularity due to the shifting focus on renewable sources of energy. Solar panels can work anywhere; they do not require you to live in an area that is constantly sunny. The Northeastern U.S. has the highest amount of panels installed, and they have snowy winters. There are many benefits provided when you rely on this source of power. However, you should first learn if it a good fit for you.

Solar power is friendly to the environment. The panels are able to generate electricity solely by the energy of the sun. Since the power is all derived from the sun it is completely sustainable as opposed to fossil fuels which are exhaustible. Another plus, is that the photovoltaics are green and silent. This differs greatly from coal, nuclear power, and oil drilling, which can all act as a pollutant and be quite loud. There are also no greenhouse gases emitted by solar panels and it does not pollute water when in the process of creating energy either. So for those who are environmentally conscious, this is a great alternative to traditional power sources. This can lower your carbon footprint which will reduce the damage sustained by the planet. Utilizing solar energy will help improve the world for future generations.

Once the panels are installed, solar power is totally free. This allows you to save money as you will be less reliant on the power from your energy supplier. Solar panels have the ability to cover most or even the entirety of your energy needs, so you can reduce your energy bills significantly. The only downside is that the panels only function during the day, so this would require you to use energy from the grid at night. However, a simple solution is to reschedule your task so that your most energy-dependent activities are completed in the daytime.

Another bonus of using solar power is that you can eventually make money from them. If your solar system is hooked up to the grid, you will receive a payment for each unit of electricity that it produces. This is due to the Feed-In-Tariff, which is free from tax and is guaranteed for fifteen years. So while the upfront cost of the panels is expensive, you will ultimately earn the money you pay for them back and then some. There are also incentives and rebates to lessen the cost too.

There are many positives to switching to solar power, but you have to determine if it is worth it. To find out how much your potential savings could be you need to look at your current electricity bill, as this is the largest factor. Those with higher electricity rates will have the greatest savings. Solar calculators are available online to estimate your savings, and find how swiftly the investment will pay for itself.

For all your electrical needs, you can rely on the electrical contractors at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We have electrical expertise to handle a variety of projects ranging from residential to construction. We are located in Walton, KY to serve the Northern KY and Cincinnati area. Call us today.

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3 Reasons Your Light Bulbs Could Keep Blowing

Almost all varieties of light bulbs are vulnerable to blowing. This is because they rely on the electrical stimulation of an enclosed gas or filament to produce light. Along with light, heat is also generated. The combination of heat and electricity is enough to cause the bulb to explode. The only type of bulb not susceptible to this issue is LEDs. There are several reasons why this problem can repeatedly occur.

When light bulbs keep blowing, one cause could be a loose connection in the lamp holder. This is due to the fact that the circuit has not been completed as tightly as possible. This can lead to the electricity to jump across the contact or to “arc”, instead of merely flowing through it. When this occurs, more heat is produced than the bulb is expected or tailored to handle. Arcing electricity has the ability to melt the metal it is jumping onto. Once the heat surpasses the limitations of the light bulb, it can blow. A certified electrician can check your lighting circuits to see if there is this is the problem and correct it for you.

Incandescent light bulbs are most prone to exploding. This is because of the high amount of heat that is generated as compared to other types of bulbs. Inside a traditional incandescent bulb is the filament which glows. The glowing occurs as a result of the filament material resisting the flow of electricity. In addition to the radiating effect, the resistance also creates heat. If the bulb manufacturer has failed to correctly insulate the base of the light bulb, the heat produced is enough to melt the socket material. This allows the pressurized inert gases within the bulb to rapidly escape. This is one reason why it is best to avoid cheaper light bulbs. It is best to spend the money on more expensive ones as they are better quality, and you can be assured that they have been manufactured properly. They are also cheaper in the long run as well. The materials in the cheaper bulbs are much thinner, which causes even the slightest surge of power to break them down. To eliminate any chance of risk, it is in your best interest to splurge on the higher priced bulbs.

Another reason for light bulbs to continually blow is an electrical overload of the bulbs internal capacitor, which is a common cause of compact fluorescent bulbs exploding. While CFL bulbs do not produce nearly as much heat as incandescent bulbs, the issue can still happen. The blowing can occur as the result of the CFL being placed on a dimmer circuit. They are not designed to be used with a dimmer so when it is, it will cause an electrical overload.

If you are having electrical issues, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is an electrical contractor you can trust. We provide electrical services on a wide assortment of projects from small residential repairs to work on construction sites.  We take pride in providing customers the highest quality of service, which is why we have such a positive record on Angie’s List. We have a location in Walton, KY to serve Cincinnati and Northern KY. Call us today.

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Temporary Electrical Fixes to Get Your Through an Emergency

Emergencies can occur in an instant, so it is in your best interest to know how to deal with them if a problem arises. Preparedness is your greatest asset in urgent situations. There are several common electrical emergencies that can occur.

When your house loses power, the first thing you should do is check to see if there is power in nearby homes and the streetlights. This will determine if it is a widespread electrical issue for your neighborhood or an isolated incident solely affecting your home. If the outage is only at your house, try to make it to your circuit breaker box if you can safely do so. The problem could have been caused by a breaker overload, so check to see if any have been tripped. To correct, you simply need to flip the breaker switch to the original position. If power is not restored, it is time to call your power company to notify them of the outage. While this problem can have a simple fix, most do not.

If you plug too many cords in a single area of your home and one is damaged, electrical sparks can result. The sparks can eventually cause a fire. If you notice sparking when plugging something into your outlets, remove the cord from it. You should refrain from using that outlet until you can have it evaluated by an electrician. Sparks can cause a dangerous situation for your family and home.

Bad wiring can lead to a serious electrical issue. This problem is more prevalent in older homes, as the wires can deteriorate as they age. Faulty wires can also cause a fire. To prevent problems with bad wiring, you should regularly have your wires inspected to ensure they stay in working condition. Any faulty wires should be immediately replaced, so your home maintains optimal electricity output.

Another frequent electrical emergency occurs due to appliance malfunctions. This can happen as result of leaving the appliance plugged in to a socket for an extended period of time or simply because the wiring has gone bad. If you believe that your appliance has stopped working due to a malfunction, it is best to call a professional electrician to service it. To prevent any damage to your stove, it is important to know how to handle a grease fire. If it is possible, simply cover the fire with a lid until the fire dies down. If there is not a lid around, throw baking soda on the fire until the flames are gone. Being able to quickly handle a fire will keep the wiring of your stove from sustaining damage.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric we are available 24 hours a day to repairs any electrical emergencies that arise. We are an electrical contractor available for residential, commercial, and industrial services for the greater Northern KY area.  We don’t provide quick fixes but rather long-lasting results so the problem is entirely eliminated. We have a location in Walton, KY to deliver high-quality service to Cincinnati and Northern KY. Call us today.

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Why You Shouldn’t “Do It Yourself” When It Comes to Electrical Work

DIY projects are a great way to save money. Instead of relying on someone else to perform services on your home, you simply do them yourself. However, electrical work is not something that should be attempted by amateurs. While you think you have the capability to handle it, it is best to leave the job for a professional.

The biggest concern when working with electricity is serious harm or death. Electrocution can easily occur if every step is not done correctly. Even if you know how to do a majority of the work, the part you do not know can hurt you. Most homes have 200 amps circulating into their service panels, which is high enough to kill a person. Depending on the conditions, someone could still die from even 15A or 20A. The risk for danger does not go away once the project is completed either. A fire can occur if your home is not properly wired, which puts your family and property in jeopardy. To eliminate any potential threats, it is safest to hire a professional electrician to handle any electrical issues you have.

While supplies and tools can be purchased at home improvement stores, there are more steps involved in the process. If you are doing things by the book, electrical work requires permits to be pulled and inspectors to visit your home. These frustrations can be bypassed by having an electrician tackle the project for you.

When searching for an electrician it is important to conduct research to find the most qualified candidate. Find a professional that possesses the proper licenses and certifications, as this can give you confidence in the electrical work they will provide you. To attain the licenses, they would have to gone through testing to show their competence at performing a variety of electrical tasks. A professional electrician would have undergone rigorous testing and training, so you can be assured that they can handle whatever project you have for them, as well as dependability and reliability. Their extensive schooling also ensures that their work follows all building codes and is in compliance with any city, town, or area they provide service to. Before any labor has begun, they will acquire any permits the work calls for. Another benefit of hiring a licensed electrician is that they are insured. They carry insurance to cover any liability, in case any problems arise. Contracting a professional electrician ensures that you will be able to reach them if you would ever have to file an insurance claim. Overall, the peace of mind of relying on a professional for electrical work is well worth the cost as opposed to trying to do it yourself.

For a licensed professional electrician, you can depend on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We are a local electrical contractor available to perform countless residential, commercial and industrial services. We are a family owned business that was built on the values of honesty, trust, and hard work. Our main priority is the happiness and wellbeing for all of our customers. We have a location in Walton, KY to serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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Wiring Your Outdoor Space to Get Ready for Summer

Summer is not the season to spend time cooped up indoors. You should take advantage of the warm weather by hanging out in your backyard. However if your outdoor space is not living up to its fullest potential, you can transform it into an area you enjoy. This is possible by extending your power outside. Running outdoor wiring will increase your ability to power electrical devices and add more lights.

Don’t let the sun setting stop you from enjoying your backyard. Simply set up additional lights so the darkness is no longer an issue. Layers of lighting are an important design element both inside and outside your home. There are many lighting options, so find the one that fits your needs and sets the atmosphere you are trying to achieve. String lights are always a great choice for any space, and will make your outdoor space feel special. There are even vintage-style string lights that have exposed filaments for even more style. These are a fun and romantic choice to supply extra brightness to the area.  However, if you do not have the outlet space to account for more lights, you will need to fix this issue.

The process of running outdoor wiring will only take a day, and can cost anywhere from $100 to $500. For this project you will run the wires through rigid metal conduit, as this method delivers the most protection and involves the least amount of digging. The first step is locating a power source, and then finding the spot for the new conduit to go into your home. From here you plan the route the wire will take to reach the exit point, and start digging a trench. The conduit will then fit into an LB, which is to be mounted to the siding. The next step is to run the metal conduit to the LB. Remove the cover for the LB and push the fish tape through the conduit. It is then time to pull the wire through. Two wires are required for one circuit, one that is white and another that is black. The wires should run from the switch to the GFCI receptacle, then to the lights or outlets in your backyard. Outdoor wiring is a moderately complex project that requires lots of tools and materials in order to do it. If you have never done electrical work, this is not a good starting project. Your best option is to hire a professional electrician to handle the job for you, and save you time.

For a trusted electrical contractor, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is there to help. We are available to provide electrical assistance on a wide variety of tasks from small household repairs to large-scale electrical construction projects. No matter the issue, we work hard to solve the root of the problem rather than a symptom of it. We are a family- and locally-owned business that was founded on honesty and hard work, so you can rest assured that you are in capable hands. We have a location in Walton, KY to serve Cincinnati and Northern KY. Call us today.

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The Dangers of Fireworks Near Electrical Lines

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, this means a lot of cookouts, fireworks and fun times. However, how do you stay safe when setting off these fireworks? Fireworks are fun and can be beautiful to look at, however, they are especially dangerous when set off near electrical lines. Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. of Florence, KY serving Northern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati provides you with these safety tips for staying safe during this upcoming holiday!

 

Safety Tips

The U.S. Fire Administration reports thousands of fireworks-related injuries each summer, the biggest threat being firecrackers, followed by bottle rockets, and then sparklers. It is important to take these precautionary measures when handling fireworks to have a safe and fun holiday this Fourth of July.

  • Light fireworks in open areas where no power lines can be seen. It is important to call your cooperative immediately if your firework gets tangled in an overhead wire.
  • Children should only be spectators during a firework show. They should never be given fireworks or sparklers.
  • Carefully read and follow the directions and warning labels on your fireworks. This is imperative as the majority of injuries result from improper use.
  • For spectators’ safety, keep them at least 20 feet and not downwind from where your fireworks show will be set off.
  • Light fireworks only on a smooth, flat surface. This surface needs to be far away from all flammable materials such as dry leaves
  • Never try to relight fireworks that did not go off originally or don’t function.
  • It is a necessary precaution to keep a bucket of water nearby when setting off your fireworks in case of fire.

Professional Help in Northern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati

If you have additional questions about firework safety, then please do not hesitate to stop by your favorite local, family owned business, Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. of Florence, KY. We have been your trusted electrical contractor in Northern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati for over 45 years. We can offer you help with anything from small repairs to large electrical construction projects. Your safety and happiness is of the utmost importance to us; we want to provide you with the best possible experience by providing you with actual solutions instead of just temporarily fixing your problem. We also have an excellent record on Angie’s List, as well as an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Please do not hesitate to contact us today for all of your electrical needs!

 

 

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How Exterior Outlets Can Transform Your Outdoor Space

You have the ability to turn your backyard into anything you want it to be but you may not have proper access to electricity to achieve it. Whether you wish to hang string lights or hookup your speakers outside, if you do not have enough exterior outlets this can intervene with how you want the area to look and work. Of course, you can use an extension cord running from an interior outlet but this is not really a feasible long-term solution. If your home is in need of additional power outlets, the installation process is not very difficult and you can actually do it yourself. When you have the sufficient level of power you can turn your outdoor living space into a place where you enjoy spending time with whatever devices, machines, or hobbies you want. The fastest method to extend power is to install a receptacle back-to-back with an already existing one inside your home.

First, you must find a location that corresponds to an interior wall outlet. Then it is time to turn the power off to the receptacle circuit by shutting off the appropriate circuit breaker in the service panel. To ensure that the power is off, you can use a non-contact voltage tester on every part of the outlet. You can insert the device into all of the slots as well as checking the wires and outlet terminals after the cover plate is removed. Next, you need to pull the outlet from the electrical box by loosening the mounting strap screws.  Separate the circuit wires from the outlet and push the wires to the side so they are not in the way. You then will have to remove a knockout from the box in order to uncover the outer wall. Drill a hole in the wall through to the exterior side. From the outside, you can enlarge the hole to give yourself more space for the new wiring. Now it is time to install a circuit cable through the hole. Use a push-in cable clamp to secure the cable. You will need three wires to act as pigtails to attach the circuit wires to the indoor receptacle. Once everything is connected, tuck the wires into the indoor electrical box. You can now connect the outdoor box.  It is now time to install the GFCI outlet. After everything is finished, you can restore the power and use the voltage tester on both outlets.

Before attempting anything, you will need to check with local codes for the approved conduit, cable, and boxes. It is also important to make sure that the new service will not overload the circuit. The entire process should take two hours. If you find this too time consuming or are afraid to try this yourself, you can always hire a professional to do the job.

For a local electrician you can trust, you can count on the high quality work by Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We provide residential, industrial, and commercial electrical contracting services. We always take the time to ensure that everything is done the right way, so you get the results you desire. We are located in Walton, KY to serve Cincinnati and Northern KY. Call us today for help with your electrical projects.

 

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Why Should You Invest in LED Bulbs?

Light-emitting diode bulbs are a marvelous lighting choice due to their energy saving capabilities. Compared to incandescent lightbulbs, ENERGY STAR bulbs consume 75% less energy and have a lifespan that is up to 25 times longer. They can last up to 25,000 hours; this can equate to thirteen years of use if the light is left on for five hours every day. Meanwhile incandescent bulbs only last 1,200 hours and compact fluorescents just have a lifespan of 8,000 hours. An investment in LED bulbs is money spent towards fewer lightbulb changes. You will ultimately have to spend less time going to the store to buy replacements and changing any burnt out bulbs. The U.S. government has passed laws to utilize only energy efficient lightbulbs by 2020, so it may be required to switch in the near future.

When they first LED bulbs entered the market, they carried a high sticker price but that is no longer the case. Now they are quite affordable and can be found for just five dollars each. As a bonus, power companies offer rebates for them as well. Incandescent bulbs on the other hand are only one dollar each. However, LED bulbs can provide a monthly savings of $1.25 per each bulb. So while the types of bulbs have different price points, the cost to invest in LEDs can be recouped in about three months. If you are turned off by the high initial cost, just know that they will eventually pay for themselves. Most American homes utilize forty lightbulbs, which would make the average rate of electricity for LEDs per kilowatt hour is 13 cents. If all forty lightbulbs were left on for five hours each day, the switch from incandescent to LEDs would save the homeowner $600 a year.

LED lighting has made many improvements since it was first released, and is offered in many different products. Switching to LED holiday lights for your winter holiday decorating is a smart choice for a variety of reasons. They are a safer option compared to incandescent decorative string lights. This is because LEDs operate at a cooler temperature, so the chances of burned fingers or combustion is reduced. They are also sturdier as they are crafted with epoxy lens instead of glass, making them more impervious to breakage than traditional bulbs. Another benefit is that a string of LEDs has the potential to last for up to 40 consecutive holiday seasons. Up to 25 string lights can be hooked-up together and they will not overload the wall socket. However, the most noticeable change will be felt by your wallet. The estimated cost of purchasing and using the LED C-9 string lights and LED mini-lights for ten seasons is $17.99 and $33.29, respectively. Meanwhile in the same scenario, the cost for incandescent C-9 lights is $122.19 and for incandescent mini-lights the cost is $55.62.

For a reliable local electrician, the only answer is Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We offer electrical contracting services at the residential, commercial, and industrial level. You can trust that we will provide extraordinary customer service, due to our numerous positive reviews on Angie’s List and an A+ grade rating by the BBB. We are located in Walton, KY to serve Cincinnati and Northern KY. Call us today for your next electrical project.

 

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How to Keep Your Garage Door Working Properly

The largest mobile element in your home is the garage door. It sees use multiple times each day, which is no wonder the average garage door is raised and lowered over a thousand times every year. With such constant use, it is natural for it to experience wear and tear on a greater scale than any other parts in your house.  Regular garage door maintenance will help to keep it running smoothly, so it can continue to offer you security and convenience. Routine upkeep will also prolong the functionality of it, so it can last for several decades. If your door is neglected for too long, it can pose a serious safety threat to your family.  To keep your door in reliable and safe working order, here are some simple care tricks you can perform yourself.

The most essential preventative method is observation. Every time your garage door is used, keep an eye on how it is moving. Make sure it is operating at a steady pace and not jerking at certain points. Check that both sides of the system are identical. The cables, springs, and pulleys should be symmetrical. Listening is also critical, as the noise the door makes can reveal an underlying problem. If you hear any grinding or scraping sounds this can indicate that something is wrong with the door and needs to be repaired.

Since the door moves on such a frequent basis, the hardware will loosen overtime. Inspect all of the bolts that secure the rails to the support brackets and roller brackets. If any have become undone, you can use a socket wrench to tighten them.

You should also test the stability of the door. A garage door that is properly balanced has a lowered likelihood of hurting someone and prevents the door opener from overworking. The first step is to disconnect the opener from the door by pulling the release handle, which is typically a red-colored cord. You will then have to manually position the door about halfway. A correctly balanced door will remain at that level without support. If the door rises, this indicates that the springs are under an excessive amount of tensions. On the other hand if it falls, it is necessary to increase the tension. It is important to know that adjusting the tension of springs is dangerous, so you should rely on a professional and not try to perform this yourself.

The rollers should be inspected twice a year. If there are any signs of cracking, chipping, or a damaged appearance, it needs to be replaced quickly. Any roller bracket not attached to the cable system can be removed and reinstalled. The rubber weather seal strip is important to prevent elements from entering your garage, but if it is cracked or brittle it needs to be replaced. Once a year, you should lubricate the screw or chain of the opener with white lithium grease. This will keep it running quietly and efficiently. However, lubrication is not required for certain screw openers so review your Owner’s Manual first. These steps for garage door maintenance, will keep it functioning flawlessly for countless years.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are a dependable and highly trained electrical contracting service with a primary focus on residential issues. We go above and beyond for our customers, which is why we have such fantastic reviews. We have a location in Walton, KY to proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today if you are having an electrical issue.

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Why You Should Regularly Clean Your Stove and Oven

The kitchen is the center of the home. It is a place where families come together and share a meal. Preparing and cooking food is not a quick act, so it is no wonder why people spend so much time in this area of the home. With daily traffic and use, it is easy for the area to accumulate messes. Food remnants, grime, and dirt can not only hinder the appearance of the room, but can affect the health of your family. It is necessary to frequently clean the appliances, to ensure you are making your meals in a hygienic space. It is very important to pay attention to the condition of your stove, as this is where your food is cooked. Any filth on the surface can be transferred onto the food you serve your family. Routine stove maintenance is essential to eliminate any risk of contamination and break-downs, this can be prevent but if it does happen then who do you call? Appliance repairs in Edmonton is a good suggestion! Another benefit is that the lifespan of your appliance will be extended as well. Cleaning the range on a regular basis will allow it to stay in working order for a longer period of time.

If any spills occur on the stovetop as you are cooking, it is a good idea to clean them as soon as possible. While the mess is still warm, use a damp paper towel or sponge to soak up the mess. This practice will prevent the spill from drying and hardening on the stove, which would be more difficult to clean. However, life can get in the way of wiping up any spills the moment they occur. For dried on food spots, a little elbow grease will be necessary as well as a sponge and warm water mixed with either dishwashing liquid or a 50-50 solution of vinegar. A gentle all-purpose cleaner will also do the trick, but it is important not to use any abrasive chemicals as they can leave tiny nicks on the surface.

A grime covered window not only looks unsightly but it can reduce the efficiency of your stove as well. If you have to repeatedly open up the door to check your food, then you are letting heat escape and lowering the temperature inside the oven, which causes it to not perform at the optimal level. The combination of baking soda and a damp cloth will help make the window spotless and easy to peer into. For any food baked on, a plastic ice scraper will work, but avoid using metal tools on the glass.

Stove maintenance should also include the stove parts too. The vent fan is great at removing smoke or steam, but a buildup of grease can occur in the filter. Routinely clean the filter every few months to prevent an excessive accumulation. Burners, grids, and panel control knobs can be soaked in warm soapy water to eliminate anything stuck on the surface. To achieve a sanitary space to cook your food, routine stove upkeep is imperative.

For a local electrician with a name you can trust, rely on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. Our dedication to satisfying customers is why we have such an excellent record on Angie’s List and a Better Business Bureau rating of A+. We specialize in an assortment of residential services, such as upgrades, breaks in service and storm repairs. We are located in Walton, KY to proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. If you are in need of electrical assistance, call us today.

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