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6 Ways To Lower Your Electric Bill This Winter

lower your electric billWinter is coming and according to weather reports, winter 2016 should be a cold one.  If you’re like many homeowners in Northern Kentucky, you’re not looking forward to your first electric bill of the winter season.  If heating your home is taking a toll on your utility budget, here are 6 ways to lower your electric bill this winter:

  1.  Turn Your Thermostat Down 2 Degrees.  You can save money on your electric bill by lowering your thermostat a few degrees and wearing a sweater.  You can save more by turning it down even further when you’re sleeping.
  2. Only Run The Dishwasher When It’s Full – According to experts, you can not only save money on your electric bill when you run your dishwasher less often, but it also works better when it’s full.  Using a dishwasher requires less water than doing them by hand too.
  3. Insulate Your Water Heater and plumbing pipes.  Your water heater may work overtime in the winter if the water coming into the water heater is colder then usual.  You can help by insulating the pipes leading to the water heater.
  4. Turn off Appliances Your Not Using.  This is a hard one.  It’s easy to leave things on standby until your ready to use them, but it’s important to remember that appliances, tvs and computers left on will use electricity.
  5. Maintain your appliances – Dryers with clogged vents use more energy.  Make sure you clean your dryer vent and remove lint after each use.  Also clean the coils around your refrigerator.  Cleaner machines work more efficiently and can lower your electric bill.
  6. Seal and air leaks around windows and doors – Every year around fall, you should check all windows and doors for leaks. Caulking the leaks will save money on your heating and cooling bill.  If you can see light around your doors, your heat is escaping causing your heater or furnace to work longer and harder.

We Can Help Lower Your Electric Bill!

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you lower your electric bill.  We offer inspections on your electric system to see areas that are costing you money or may be a problem waiting to happen.  An inefficient electrical system can raise your electric bill, be a safety hazard and cost you more money in the long run.  If you have questions about how you can lower your electric bill, call the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today!

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What Should I Do When The Power Goes Out?

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There are a multitude of reasons as to why you might lose power in your home; Weather conditions, service accidents, and storms of varying levels of severity just to name a few. Because you can never be sure if your power outage is going to be for an extended period of time or for just a few minutes, it is important to be fully prepared for both scenarios. Keep your home and family safe with these power outage tips from Rose Brothers & Sons Electric where our electricians proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas.

When The Power Goes Out Short Term

Stay calm. Check outside your windows and see if you can tell if your neighbors have also lost power. If you discover that you are the only house on the block that is missing power, the problem is probably based within your home. Check circuit breakers, replace blown fuses, and check all of your outlets if you still don’t discover the problem and then call an electrician.

If you noticed that your neighbors have also lost power, call your electric company. While electrical suppliers usually know when areas on their grid lose power, it is always helpful for your own peace of mind to call and find an estimated time for repairs. While you are waiting for the repair, unplug all of your appliances with electrical components, like television sets, computers, and microwaves. By unplugging these items, you can avoid damage from the power surge once the power has been repaired.

Long Term Power Outage

The best thing you can do for long term power outages is to be prepared beforehand. Keep spare batteries, flashlights, candles, matches, and a basic first aid kit in a spot that you can locate easily. Consider buying a flashlight that stays plugged into an outlet at all times and is then ready and charged when your power goes out. If you have a generator, make sure you have the supplies you need like gas and that everything has been installed properly. Don’t wait for an emergency to check these things!

Just like with a short term power outage, check to see if you are the only house that has lost power and then check your breakers and fuses. If you are the only home that has lost power and you are unable to restore it, it is time to call an electrician. If your electrician comes and explains to you that the problem may take a while to resolve, unplug all of your belongings to avoid damage from power surges once power has been restored. In addition to this, turn off all of your breakers except for one, so you know when power is restored. Empty all your food from your refrigerators and freezers and leave the doors wide open. If someone you know has electricity, see if you can store food there. Utilize your windows to control the temperature of your home, open south facing curtains and blinds in the winter to let sun and heat into your home and always keep your blinds closed at night.

Electrical Repairs When The Power Goes Out

If you have a power outage or are in need of an electrical repair, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is here for you. We are proud members of the BBB, Angie’s List, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and other reputable organizations so you know our service is among the best. Call our team of experts today for all of your electrical needs.

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The 411 on Backup Generator Safety

 generator safetyBefore you consider buying or renting a portable backup generator, it is important that you consider a few backup generator safety tips to ensure you choose the best option for your home and need.  Every year people purchase backup generators for times when the power is out.  Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe:

Choosing a Portable Backup Generator

There are a few good models when it comes to purchasing or renting a generator.  Make sure you look at the size of your generator and make sure it can handle the wattage you will need to turn on all the lights and appliances you have to use.  You can get the amount of power you need by looking at labels on the appliances you plan to operate.  If you are operating lights, the wattage is the number.  Your generator should be rated for amount larger than your overall need.  You also need to accommodate a surge of power when the generator kicks on.  An electrician can help you determine the size generator you need.  If you are using a generator for more than just emergency needs, your electrician may recommend a more permanent set up to power your house.

Portable Generator Hazards

A gas powered generator is a safety hazard if you don’t use caution when operating it.  The toxic exhaust can cause carbon monoxide poisoning or death.  There is a hazard of electrocution or electric shock and because many portable generators are gas or diesel fueled, there is always a fire hazard.  You should read over the generator safety tips carefully before using a backup generator.

Backup Generator Safety tips

  • Never operate a generator in a closed in area.  Opening windows and doors will not make it safe for indoor use.  Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous and can quickly overcome you.  Never operate a generator in a garage, basement, crawlspace or other area that is enclosed.  If you have it near an open door or window CO can come inside.  The only way to detect CO in the air is to have a carbon monoxide detector that will sound an alarm when levels are too high.  If you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded, you should get fresh air immediately.
  • Keep the generator on dry, even ground.  Don’t operate next to water or in the rain.  Make sure your hands are dry when you touch the generator.
  • Cool the generator down 2 minutes before adding fuel.  This will make sure it doesn’t ignite.
  • Never use the generator around combustible items.
  • If you use extension cords make sure they are properly rated for outdoor use and are in good condition.  A three prong plug is important.
  • Never attempt to power your entire house by plugging directly into an outlet.  This “backfeeding” can cause electrocution miles away.  If you need to power your entire house, your electrician can install a power transfer switch which will do the job safely.

If you have questions about using a backup generator or generator safety, your electricians at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help.  We proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and the Southern Indiana area.

 

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New Construction Electricians in Cincinnati

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Building a new home is a huge undertaking. That is why it is important to have knowledgeable experts whom you can trust walking you through the new construction electrical process. The professionals at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric will provide you with that expertise along with ensuring that your personal needs for your home are met. Our expert new construction electricians will be with you every step of the way making sure that your project is completed the way that you had envisioned. We know that you have a lot invested in your home and want to make sure that your vision comes to fruition.

Call the experienced professionals at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric for all of your New Construction Electrical needs in the Cincinnati area. You can rely on their expertise and customer service to guide you through the process.

Services  New Construction Electricians Provide:

  • Electrical Construction
  • New Building Electrical
  • New Construction Wiring
  • New Construction Electricians
  • New Construction Electrical Repairs
  • New Construction Electrical Estimates
  • Commercial Electrical Build-outs

New Construction Services Provided in the Following Areas:

All of Greater Cincinnati, Southern Indiana & Northern Kentucky, including: Florence KY, Ft. Mitchell KY, Villa Hills KY, Union KY, Ft. Wright, Hebron KY, Burlington, Covington KY, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, Williamstown

New Construction Electricians – Why Choose Us?

Whether you need a New Construction Electricians in Cincinnati, an Electrical Contractor or have other electrical needs Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. We look forward to partnering with you on your new construction project and becoming your preferred electrician.

Our first priority at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is to treat you and your home with the utmost respect. You can trust that we will enter and leave your home as if it were our own. We take pride in our New Construction work and want your experience throughout the process to be a positive one. Our trained experts will deliver not only a service to you and your family but an enjoyable New Construction experience.

All of our Cincinnati electricians have many years of experience in New Construction. Their on the job experience and professionalism results in high quality work that is completed on time. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and Construction today and find out why numerous other Cincinnati area homeowners choose us for all of their electrical needs.

From beginning to end, the experts at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric work with YOU the customer. We are with you through all parts of the process. We want you to be happy with your home when the project is complete and will make that our goal. We will provide you with quality, on-time, affordable service on all of your electrical projects.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Best Electrical Contractor for Your New Home

electriciansChoosing the correct electrical contractor is incredibly important if you want your plans to run smoothly. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, electrical contracting serving Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati, and Southern Indiana, we understand how important it is to find the right team for the job. Here are 5 helpful tips for choosing the best electrical contractor for your new home.

1. Know What You Need

Make sure you have clearly defined the electrical project that you are preparing to have completed. Is it a minor repair? A complete renovation? Decide when you need the project to be completed by because this can be a factor towards rather or not an electrical contractor will work for your schedule. Give your contractor all the details possible on what you need done to make sure that they can give you proper estimates and time frames.

2 License and Insurance

After you have figured out exactly what you need the first thing you should look for is an electrical contractor who is licensed and insured. A licensed electrical contractor has completed all the necessary courses and training to perform their job safely and properly. Always ask to see a contractor’s license and make sure it is up to date.

3. Credibility and Experience

Don’t be afraid to ask a potential contractor for references from previous jobs and about their special qualifications. Many contractors will have special qualifications, accreditations, or might be Master Electricians like those at Rose Brothers & Sons. All of these extra factors about your contractor could make them the perfect fit for the job you need done, or the wrong fit. An easy way to check the standard of your contractor is to see if your contractor has a Better Business Bureau business review and accreditation. You can also browse the contractor’s website or review sites to look for reviews about experiences other people have had with that contractor.

4. Rates and Quotes

It is always a good decision to get at least three different quotes for your project, more would be better, but definitely get three. Make sure your electrician gives you quotes with precise breakdowns of all the prices so you can compare them to the other quotes you receive. Because of the quote process it is incredibly important to know exactly what you need done or else unforeseen expenses may arise.  You also don’t want to compare one quote to another without having similar breakdowns.

5. Go with Your Gut

Lastly, the best thing you can do is go with your gut. Pick the contractor that you feel the most comfortable with after talking to them. Ask your electrical contractor as many questions as you need to feel secure in your choice. You need to be confident that your contractor will understand what you need and have a good attitude about communication in the future.

Electrical Contractor In Northern Kentucky and The Surrounding Area

If you are looking for a contractor for your new construction, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is here to meet all your needs. We are a locally, family owned, and trusted electrical contractor that can handle anything from small repairs to industrial and commercial electric. We pride ourselves on our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and our excellent record on Angie’s List. Call us today with any questions you may have so we can help you get started on your next electrical project.

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New Construction: 5 Electric Service Must Haves

electric service must haves

If you are planning to be involved with the design and construction of your new home, there are lots of decisions to think about as you build. Because you have the ability to go over every detail and design choice, you can make sure things are exactly as you would like them and that specific components of your new home, like your electrical service must haves, are included. While many people overlook the electrical aspects of the home for the flashier home décor choices, like window treatments and countertop choices, it is very important that you think about and discuss your electrical service must haves for your new home. Here are 5 helpful electric service must haves from the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., that you should consider for your newly constructed home.

Electric Service Must Haves

  1. Outlets, Outlets, Outlets

The most important and convenient thing any home can have is an excess of outlets for you to use. Outlets are critical to a home running smoothly and functioning properly and thus, outlet placement really needs to be thought out. As a rule of thumb, place two outlets on any large wall for all your future needs and place an outlet under every window in your home. If you have a mantle, keep in mind that mantels are hard to run extensions cord to without being obvious, so don’t even leave yourself room to fret and place an outlet on that as well. In the kitchen put outlets on both ends of your kitchen island and under your kitchen cabinets for lighting and utility purposes. In the bathroom, place outlets inside your vanity drawers, underneath your vanity mirror, and at least one to two others in the bathroom for plugging in grooming tools. Other places that are often looked over but will also need outlets are the roof soffits and you will need multiple outdoor outlets. You can never have enough outlets, so make sure to incorporate that in your house plans.

 

  1. Well Planned Wiring for Lighting

It is crucial to have well-planned wiring in your home. Make sure all of the wiring in your home is compatible with energy saving products and the latest CFL and LED lightbulbs so you can make sure to save yourself money. Also make sure you have extra wiring and a larger than necessary breaker box for any additions in lighting you have in the future.

 

  1. Pre-Wired Speakers

Running wiring for any and all appliances and electronics in your home to keep wires hidden is best done while the house is being constructed. By doing this while the house is being built you will save money and time in the future while also keeping your house from looking cluttered or messy.

  1. Smart Home System

Smart home systems are money saving and make your home much safer for you and your family. Have your smart home system wired into your home while it is being built so everything in your home can be connected. With a smart home automation system, you can control your home security, your windows, the sound system, even the temperature of your home, all with one simplistic system.

  1. Hard Wired Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector

Installing a hard wired smoke and carbon monoxide detector is one of the safest things you can do for your home. By installing this device with your electrical wiring in your new construction, you ensure that you will never need to change the batteries on your detector ensuring that your device will continue to work and be prepared when you need it most.

Electric Service Must Haves Done Right!

If you have any more questions about electrical service must haves for a new home Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., trusted Electricians of Northern Kentucky, can help you with all your needs. As electrical contractors we can guide you on the best path to a well wired and well planned home. Contact us today for more information!

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6 Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Nighttime Curb Appeal

Nighttime curb appealAs we move into fall and winter our days become shorter, which means our homes will be viewed more in the dark than in the daylight. Here are six outdoor lighting ideas to keep your nighttime curb appeal going strong long after the sun goes down.

Add Some Nighttime Curb Appeal

Outdoor lighting ideas

Indirect Lighting – Indirect lighting generally consists of placing lights near a home or trees. Uplighting is a very common type of indirect lighting, where a light is placed at the base of a tree or near a home’s foundation and is pointed upward.

Path Lighting – Path lighting not only increases your curb appeal, it also keeps people walking on a walkway or sidewalk safe. But don’t settle for a bunch of boring plastic solar lights un-inspiringly lining your path. Consider using different styles of complementary lights to add interest. And place them throughout a landscape bed bordering the path where they can accent an interesting plant or shrub. Just be sure they are close enough to provide lighting for safe walking.

Hardscape Lighting – Trees and plants aren’t the only things on your property besides your house that you can illuminate. Rope lights can be attached to stone or wood fences for a strip of light, or individual lights can be installed on the underside of porch railings. While it may not technically add to the curb appeal because these features are behind your house, other hardscapes that can be lit are gazebos, outdoor grilling areas, and fireplaces.

Moon Lighting – This unusual name has been given to lighting that is installed high up and shines down like moonlight. It is often put in trees so that the light is softened as it filters through the leaves.

Water Feature Lighting – Water features don’t have to only be enjoyed during the day, they can shine at night too with the proper lighting. Uplighting on a fountain can have a dramatic effect and lighting a landscape pond can let your evening visitors both enjoy it and prevent falling into it. The majority of pools come equipped with a pool light for nighttime swimming, but a lit-up pool is also beautiful to just sit next to on a nice evening or even enjoy through a window from inside. With the properly located lighting, a small waterfall can be breathtaking.

Combination Lighting – Don’t feel like you need to pick just one type of outdoor lighting for your home. Some of the most stunning looks can be achieved by using multiple types of lights. Just be sure your lights aren’t going to keep your neighbors up at night because they are aimed at their house, or that a small plane will want to land it your yard because it’s lit up like a landing strip. Keep it understated and tasteful.

Now that these landscape lighting ideas have convinced you to shed some light on your home, what’s the next step? Call a Northern Kentucky licensed electrician at Rose Brothers Electric to improve your nighttime curb appeal today.

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Electric Noise or Humming: When to Call An Electrician

electric noiseThere are many different things in your home that can lead to electrical humming or buzzing noises. The appliances and devices in your home are responsible for most of these noises. But, some electrical noises or humming can be very dangerous. Some common areas that can cause electric noise or humming include:

 

  • Main Hums: The normal humming noises that are produced from appliances, electronics, or audio equipment are called main hums. This electric noise is caused by the vibration of the motors or fans in these devices and is not harmful.
  • Light Fixture Humming: When your light fixture is buzzing or humming, it is either a loose wire, or more likely, an issue with the light bulb. You should first try to replace the light bulb. Some light bulbs, such as fluorescent bulbs, have ballast that vibrates when it needs to be replaced. If the humming stops after you replace the bulb, you do not need to contact an electrician. However, if the humming continues, call an electrician for diagnosis and repair.
  • Dimmer Light Fixture Humming: If a dimmer light fixture is humming, it is almost always caused by the light bulb. Dimmer switches work by quickly cutting the light on and off so it appears that the light is dimmer. This quick on and off cycle causes the light bulbs to hum. Replacing the bulbs with a different type of bulb, such as a rough service bulb, can fix this electric noise. Look for light bulbs that indicate directly on the packaging that they can be used with dimmer switches.
  • Outlet or Switch Humming: There are a couple of things can cause humming or buzzing noise that is coming from your outlet or switch. First, it could be a loose wire. Next, there could be a problem with the outlet or switch. Finally, there could be improperly grounded wires or too much load on the wires. Any of these issues could be a potential fire hazard, so it is important to call an electrician for repair. Do not try to fix the wiring yourself!
  • Circuit Breaker Humming: Humming at your circuit breaker can be very dangerous. A few different issues, all of which require attention by an electrician, can cause the humming noise. First, the circuit could be overloaded, which prevents it from shutting off when required. Next, a wire could be damaged or loosely connected to the breaker or to the breaker panel. Finally, there could be a potential electrical arc forming. If your circuit breaker is humming or buzzing, shut off all circuits immediately and call an electrician.

Electric Noise or Humming: When to Call An Electrician

If you are experiencing electrical noise or humming from your light fixtures, outlets, switches, or circuit breaker, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. Our team of qualified Northern Kentucky electricians can diagnose and correct any faulty electrical issues that may be causing the humming noise. Do not hesitate to contact our office today!

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Hiring An Electrician For Home Automation

home automationHome automation has never been easier. Have you ever wanted to live in one of those smart houses from the movies but thought they only existed in science fiction? Well, now anyone can get their home automated and live like they’re in the future. Think of all the little things you will not have to do anymore, and how much free time and peace of mind you will have knowing you never have to deal with them on a daily basis. This article is going to break down the reasons why you should get your home automated and take a step into the future.

Home Safety

If there is one thing that every parent worries about it is keeping his or her family safe. Automating your home is one of the best ways that you can secure the safety of your family, even if you are not around to protect them all the time. With an automated home, you will be able to control lights and appliances at the push of a button. Now you can make sure you turned off the stove or the curling iron while you are out without sprinting back home. Also, with automated locks, worrying that you forgot to lock your doors would be a thing of the past. Simply press a button on your phone and lock your front door if you are afraid it is still open. And with an automated home you can install cameras to keep track of your property that you can check on your phone. This way if something is going wrong you can immediately put an end to it instead of stumbling upon the issue when you get home.

Home Automation: Convenience

Most weekday mornings are hectic, with people rushing every which way getting ready for school and work. Take some of the trouble out of it with home automation. This way instead of worrying about which lights are on or off and what the programmable thermostat is set at every morning before you leave, simply just check your phone and turn off lights and adjust your home temperature. Nothing is forgotten when you have a good home automation system. Now, when you are out of town on family vacations, you can keep track of your home and switch lights on and off to make it look like you are home. No more worrying about asking a neighbor to come over and flip around the lights. But perhaps the greatest convenience of all is how convenient it is on your wallet. An automated home system will cut down your energy bill drastically. No more paying for lights and appliances left on. No more covering the cost of having your thermostat running all the time. Now you can turn off anything you are not using at the push of a button and save quite a bit of money in the process.

Now that you know all of the great benefits of having an automated home, get your home automation system installed by your expert electricians in Northern Kentucky,  Rose Brothers & Sons Inc.

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Flickering Lights: When To Call An Electrician

Flickering lightsFlickering lights are one of the more annoying things that you can deal with in your home. Instead of bright light illuminating a room, a flickering bulb halfheartedly lights up a space and can drive anyone crazy. Although super hard to ignore, flickering lights usually are no big deal besides being a nuisance. Sometimes, however, it can be a sign of a bigger issue. This article will break down some causes of flickering lights and whether you should be worried about them or not.  If you’re not sure what the problem is, call your Northern Kentucky Electrician, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.

Fluorescent and LED Lights

Some bulbs are more prone to flickering than others. Sometimes fluorescent lights will flicker for a few minutes when you just turn them on as they warm up, and some LED lights flicker when not properly connected to a driver or a dimmer switch. These are not serious issues so do not be too worried, but you may still want to replace the lights if the flickering gets too annoying.

Loose Bulb or Faulty Switch

Loose bulbs and faulty switches are two other reasons that your lights are flickering that do not warrant serious action to fix. For loose bulbs, turn off your light and once it has cooled down try screwing the bulb back in tighter. If the switch is acting up, try toggling it on and off or letting it sit for a while. If you turn it back on and neither of these quick fixes turn out to be the solution, then your problem lies elsewhere.

Voltage Fluctuation

If your lights flicker when you turn on an appliance with high wattage, you could have a problem with your voltage fluctuating too much. Other signs are lights that seem to dim or frequently burn out. Electricity typically flows into homes at 120 volts and fluctuates between 115 and 125. You can check the voltage flowing through your home with a device called a voltmeter if you have one. If the average is outside of the 115 to 125 range, call an electrician and get some help.

Loose Electrical Wiring Causes Flickering Lights

Loose wiring is the most common cause of flickering lights and also a major cause of house fires. Shut off the light at the circuit breaker before removing the fixture, then double check the wiring. If it looks loose or insecure, you need to call an electrician. Or if even after this you still have not found the reason, call an electrician to figure out what the issue really is.

Now that you know what to look for when it comes to flickering lights, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, the best place for electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky.

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