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How to Stay Safe While Using Your Generator

Before operating a generator there are many things you should know. These machines do not mess around; they are powerful and can cause serious damage. Here are some generator safety tips to follow to keep you and others free from danger.

Generators should never run indoors or in enclosed spaces. Injuries and deaths related to generators are mostly due to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by generators being used in areas that are not well ventilated. Opening doors and windows is not sufficient enough to prevent the buildup of the potentially fatal poison. These machines should always run outside, and be placed at a minimum of fifteen feet away from windows, doors, and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to enter your home.  If you find yourself feeling sick, weak, or dizzy, when operating a generator, seek fresh air at once. Since it cannot be seen or smelled, having a carbon monoxide detector can give you peace of mind that the harmful toxin is not in your home.

You should never refuel the generator while it is running. You should turn the machine off, and give it ample time to cool off before adding more fuel. A fire can occur as the result of spilling fuel on the hot surface. Letting the engine cool before refueling also reduces the chances of being burned during the process.

Generators should never operate in wet conditions. This includes when it is raining. However, with proper covering and venting, it can be safe for use during precipitation. The manufacturer will have recommendations for how to properly operate the generator under tents specifically designed for your model. If you are standing in water or have wet hands, you should not work with your generator as well.

Another generator safety tip is to not attempt to backfeed your home. This happens when the generator is plugged directly into a wall outlet. This is an extremely dangerous thing to do, and creates the threat of electrocution for utility workers and neighbors relying on the same utility transformer. There is also an increased risk of excess current and electrical fire for your appliances and electronics. Instead you should install a transfer switch before running a generator. This allows the machine to connect to your circuit panel and power hardwired appliances without the safety risk of using extension cords.

In preparation for using the generator, you may want to keep extra fuel at your home. It is important for fuel to be properly stored and only use approved containers. Keep the fuel away from living areas, and combustion appliances. Your local fire department can provide suggestions on appropriate storage locations if you are unsure.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help with all your electrical needs ranging from residential to commercial to industrial. We take pride in providing excellent customer service which is reflected in our numerous positive reviews on Angie’s List. We offer emergency service at all hours of the day, so you can count on us to always be there for you. We are located in Walton, KY, and serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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What Is the Purpose of Utility Poles

The function of utility poles is to act as support for overhead power lines and multiple public utilities, including fiber optic cables, electrical cables, and associated equipment like street lights and transformers. They also are useful for eliminating cables and wires from interfering with traffic and people since all the electrical elements are routed up the pole. This method is also an inexpensive option to keep the lines insulated from the ground. Utility poles have numerous names as they can be referred to by the application it serves.

Utility poles are typically used as a means to carry two kinds of electric power lines, subtransmission and distribution. Distribution lines serve the purpose of transferring power to customers from local substations. The voltages carried range from 4.6 to 33 kilovolts and can travel as far as thirty miles. Transformers are able to step the voltage down from the original power level to a lower amount that can be used by the consumers.  The reduced voltage reaches the customer’s property due to the usage of service drops. Subtransmission lines transmit higher voltage power between substations, allowing electricity to be carried locally from the regional area. They regularly carry 46, 69, or 115 kilovolts for a maximum of 60 miles. Both types of lines can be often found on shared utility poles. The lack of available land in urban areas and other places, spurned the need to save space. The utilization of the “underbuild” technique permits a distribution line to be mounted beneath the subtransmission line. The joint poles are not only an efficient use of room, but are an economically smart choice as well.

The electrical lines do not actually touch the poles. Instead an insulator is used to bridge the gap between the two. This is to prevent any electricity from leaking out of the wires and going into the poles. Insulators were previously made out of glass, but today they are mostly crafted from polymer composites or ceramic.

The first utility poles were created in the middle of the 19th century and were used to hold telegraph wires. As the usage of electricity soared in the nation, utility poles were modified to account for this. The poles were fitted with insulators and began to serve the main purpose of carrying power lines. By the 20th century, the old wooden poles could simply not carry all the necessary lines. Cross arms were installed, sometimes four or five for each utility pole, in order to carry dozens of wires through cities.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are available to help with a variety of electrical issues. We specialize in residential service changes, breaks in service, upgrades, and storm repairs. We strive to find the root of the problem and promptly solve it. We don’t offer temporary fixes, but rather long-term results. Our business takes pride in providing exceptional customer service, which is backed by our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and positive reviews on Angie’s List. We have a location in Walton, KY and serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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Would Your Home Benefit from Solar Panels?

If you find your monthly energy bills to be too high, there is an alternative option to reduce them. Solar energy relies on natural light to power your home. There are some considerations to keep in mind before putting solar panels on your roof, as some homes are better suited than others.

To receive the most production of energy in the northern hemisphere, it is best to have a south-facing orientation. This has the most direct sunlight exposure. The ideal to place solar panels is on an area that is within forty degrees of directly south to guarantee optimal generation. You can have panels installed on flat roofs or mounted to the ground, but the system will be tilted to ensure the highest south-facing exposure.
Your home is a good candidate for solar panels if there is minimal shading. If you have tall trees surrounding your house, this will shield the sun from reaching the panels. When living in the city, adjacent taller buildings also produce shade. You may have the option to remove any obstructions if you are certain you want a solar energy system for your home.

The amount of roof space you have will be a factor in how much of a benefit you obtain. Panels can be installed around vent pipes, skylights, and chimneys. However, obstructions will reduce the space for panels. Ample room for the solar technology allows for the greatest return on energy. If your roof features dormers, this will also have an impact.

Solar panels are becoming more popular, and for a good reason. Since 2010, the cost of installation has decreased by more than 70 percent. Relying on solar energy for power can equate to saving over $100 every month. You can also start seeing a return on investment from day one. Solar also offers stable energy expenses, so you do not have to deal with a nearby utility provider that is continuously changing. Solar panels are a great selling point if you ever put your home on the market. Houses equipped with solar panels are sold an average of twenty percent faster. They also have a market value worth about seventeen percent more.

If you are worried about your environmental footprint, making the switch to solar energy will have a positive effect on the ecosystem. The carbon dioxide emissions released by a car travelling 100,000 miles is offset by using solar panels. Your solar equipment will be around for a while, as well. The industry standard promises that after 25 years your solar panels will still be producing at 80% performance. Solar energy is also a step towards reducing dependency on foreign energy. Around 40% of the United States imports are a combination of coal, oil, and natural gas products.

For all your electrical needs, rely on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We are available for all types of electrical problems from residential to commercial to industrial. We are focused on delivering exceptional service to ensure customer satisfaction. We are accessible 24 hours a day in case an emergency situation arises. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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Tips for Saving Money on Your Energy Bills

Monthly energy bills are an unavoidable expense. If your bill is causing your bank account pain, there are some simple methods to increase your energy efficiency and save you money.

If your home requires air conditioning and heating, there are some tricks to ensure you get the most from your money. Make sure all the vents are open and clear. Closing vents to prevent access to certain rooms does not limit energy consumption. This is a myth that will result in increasing your energy expenses. Air filters in your vents need to be replaced on a monthly basis or proper airflow will be restricted. The filters eliminate the unnecessary particles, like dust and dirt, from circulating in your home. You can purchase filters in bulk which will work out to one to two dollars for each. Measure your vents to ensure you get the correct size.

Altering your laundry routine can help save you money. When your washer is running, 90% of the energy the machine consumes is used for heating the water. Washing your clothes in cold water has multiple benefits. On top of reducing your energy costs, the colors will not bleed as much. This can allow you to mix light and dark loads with no worries of dyeing your clothes. Make sure you are not adding too many articles of clothing in your load of laundry. If there is no room for movement in the dryer, the heat will not be able to properly dry all items. You may have to do another cycle in the dryer, which is an unnecessary energy expense. To use the machines at the most effective rate, there should 25% of unfilled space in the washer and dryer. Some power companies offer lower rates during non-peak hours. Most commonly the discount begins at eight PM, so this is when you should start doing your laundry to save money. If doing your chores at this hour is possible, your wallet will surely benefit from the switch. The time will vary by utility company, so be sure to contact your energy provider.

Turning off lights when you leave rooms is an easy way to cut down on energy waste. Lighting accounts for 20% of your energy bill, so it would be valuable to switch out your lightbulbs for a more energy efficient option, like LED lightbulbs. The cost to light 10 incandescent bulbs for an hour every day is $24 a year. However, you only have to pay $5 annually to power 10 LED lightbulbs for an hour each day. These savings are possible because LEDs are 80% more efficient than incandescent bulbs.

These are small changes that can improve the energy efficiency of your home. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are a locally-owned and operated business. We are focused on saving our clients time and money by finding the root of the problem and solving it quickly and efficiently. Other electricians can be fixated on fixing the issue at the surface but not the actual cause. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Cincinnati and Northern KY.

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Does Your Home Need New Outlets

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While it may seem like an easy job, it can take much more than a quick scan of your room to determine if your home needs new outlets. Even if you have “hidden” outlets that are out of sight and out of mind, they still need to be inspected and potentially replaced. Regularly inspecting your outlets could save you from overlooking clues to determine if you should upgrade or not. At Rose Brothers & Son’s Electric and Construction, we know the importance of properly wired and visually appealing electrical outlets because they have the potential to be extremely harmful if the issues are left untreated. We are located in Walton, KY, so let us help you get your home in the best shape it has been in since you bought it. If you have a newly built home, we need to make sure it stays in tip top shape. For decades, we have been assisting residents in Northern KY and Cincinnati with electrical contracting and residential services, and we would be thrilled to be trusted with any task you throw our way.

Selling a home can be an overwhelming process with all of the improvements and updates you or a hired professional might have to make. You can save yourself some hassle by regularly inspecting your power outlets while living in your home. Even though you are checking your outlets, do you know what you should be looking for? One thing that should get your attention is cracks in your outlet plate. Not because they are unpleasant to look at, but because they can be a prime location for house fires to begin, and nobody wants to get that call. Dust can build up in your home, no matter how often you try to clean it, and it can be anywhere, even into those cracks in your power outlet. The dust builds up in those cracks, and that is how fires start and homes are ruined.

When buying a new home, you should always get the home inspected, because it’s somewhere you are planning to house your family. That inspection should not just be on the roof or the foundation, but should also include the electrical system. Our team members at Rose Brothers & sons Inc. Electrical and Construction, can provide you with a detailed electric system inspection along with many other skills and services. We know how much home buyers love homes with character, like historic homes. The only problem with historic homes is that they are usually at least a century old, and that means the home’s electrical system will need some updating and rewiring. Two prong outlets can be dangerous to you and your expensive gadgets. If you happen to visit a home that has a lot of two prong outlets rather than having three prong power outlets, then you know you will have some work to do if you decide to buy. However, you won’t have to do it alone, because we are always ready to assist you.

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Does Your Home Need New Light Switches?

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Don’t wait until your light switches stop working or they blow a fuse to replace them. You may need new light switches in your home, even if yours seem to still be working properly. If you are in the market for a new home, or you are selling your home, you should always make sure everything works properly before you sign any papers. Even though a light switch isn’t something you generally think about, other than turning it on and off, keeping up with how well your light switch functions and looks can be good for your home in the long run. When it comes to your electrical needs, Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. has the best electricians and contractors to get the job done safely and in a timely manner. We are a trusted family-owned company that has decades of combined experience, and it will be our pleasure to help you with your light switches. We are located in Walton, KY and are proud to serve Northern KY and Cincinnati.

If you are like most people, you’ve experienced a blown fuse at some point in your life. The fix may be as simple as flipping a switch in your circuit breaker, or it could be more complicated than that. If flipping the switch didn’t solve the problem, don’t hesitate to give us a call because we can solve any of your electrical problems. We can even help you choose how your new and improved light switch will look in your home. We can also install new light switch covers for you, or give you any information you may need to do it yourself.

If your light switches are dirty or outdated, then you might want to consider getting new light switches for you home to keep your home looking great for guests or even potential buyers. The natural oils from your hands can stain light switches over time and can make them difficult to clean. Cleaning your light switches regularly is important, but they also need to be replaced occasionally to ensure there is no hidden dirt impeding their function. If you plan on reselling your home, you can add value to it by something as simple as updating the style of your light switch. While it may seem like a difficult task, it is actually very easy to replace your light switch. The only thing you will need to install a new light switch cover is a screw driver. Potential buyers for your home will appreciate the care and detail you have put into keeping your home looking and working great!

Regardless of why your home needs new light switches, let Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. lend you a helping hand and keep your home working like new. Don’t wait until you have a major problem to replace your light switches. We specialize in residential, commercial, and industrial electrical construction for all your electrical needs. Give us a call today to let us help you determine if your home needs new light switches.

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The Care and Keeping of Your Garage Door

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Keeping up with the maintenance of your home can an expensive and time-consuming task. As a homeowner, you have to keep up with the yard, fix the plumbing when you run into a problem, and make sure the inside of your home is presentable all to times for unexpected company. You must also make sure your garage is always clean enough for you to park a car or two inside. However, in addition to keeping the inside of your garage clean, you also have to clean and maintain the outside! Keeping your garage door clean and properly maintained is essential to a beautiful and functioning home. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. Electric and Construction, we know how important the look and function of your home is for you and your family, that is why we want to make sure your garage door is up to par!

The first impression someone gets when they pull up to your house is the overall beauty of your home. However, if your garage door is dirty, your guests may not notice how beautiful and spotless the inside of your home is once they enter. As such an integral part of your home, it is important to keep up with the maintenance of your garage. To care for your garage door, you have to keep the outside looking like new! One way you can do this is to pressure wash it when you wash the rest of your house. You may think it looks clean, but looks can be deceiving, so make sure to preform this cleaning on a regular basis. You won’t get a second chance at a first impression, so make sure you garage door always looks great; it’s the first thing that many of your guests will see.

While cleanliness is important, it doesn’t matter how clean your garage door is if it doesn’t work properly. Thankfully, we no longer have to open our garage doors manually, but in order for that to remain true, your garage door needs to be kept in tip-top shape. When you choose to partner up with Rose Brothers & Sons, our trained and skilled team members can fix or install your garage door and provide you the knowledge you need for regular care and maintenance. To keep your garage door running smoothly for years to come, lubricate the moving parts every year. If you are having trouble getting your garage door opener to work properly, we can help identify and fix any electrical issues, as well.

You spend a lot of time keeping the inside of your home looking great, so let us make it easier for you to keep the outside looking great, too! Rose Brothers & Sons knows how important your home is to you, and we have the knowledge and expertise you need to keep it looking and working like new. Stop by to see how we can help you! We are located in Walton, KY, and we proudly serve Northern KY, Cincinnati.

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How to Dispose of Your Gadgets in an Environmentally Friendly Way

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Believe it or not, there may come a time when need to find a way to dispose of your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. It probably won’t be that you’re swearing off technology, but rather that you just updated to a newer version and no longer need the old one. Your first thought may be to just toss your gadgets into the garbage can with your regular household trash, but that may not be the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of them. There are many alternative ways to dispose of your gadgets. Gadgets can also include your smoke detector, an old alarm system, or even your garage door opener. Here at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. Electric and Construction, we want to provide you with the proper information, so you can do what’s best for you and your community. We are located in Walton, KY and serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. For several decades, our team of professional electricians and contractors have been working on the inside and outside of homes to make them more environmentally friendly.

This even includes the end of some of our projects, when we have to dispose of some materials and gadgets.
When someone chooses to go green, they most likely did not make the decision just because it sounds cool or because everyone is doing it. However, we want to get the word out about going green, so hopefully everyone will be doing it. Because most gadgets contain toxic substances like lead and mercury, it is very important that you dispose of them in the proper manner. One of the best ways to ensure this is done properly is by taking all your electronics and gadgets to a recycler. We don’t mean the blue recycling bin, but a company whose job it is to safely recycle and dispose of electronics that can be bad for the environment if not disposed of properly. When disposing of gadgets, the first step you should take is to erase any personal items on your hard drive. This way, no one can access it after you dispose of it. After you have cleared your computer, call up a recycling program, and they can give you information on any drop off locations they may have.

Life is busy, so it may be hard for you to find time to drive around and find somewhere to safely dispose of your gadgets. The good thing is, most of these companies offer pick up services, so you never have to leave the comfort of your own home. Just let them know what day and time you are available, and they will work with you, making it easy to properly get rid of your electronics and keep the environment healthy! If you don’t want to just throw away some gadgets because they still work well, consider donating them to someone else who might need them. Why get rid of something that still works if you have the chance to pass it on to someone in need?

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Do You Need a New Microwave?

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Almost every household in America has a microwave. Whether it’s used for cooking, heating up leftovers, or even sanitizing a dirty sponge, it just makes life easier. If your microwave isn’t working as well as it did when you bought it, it might be time for a new one. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. Electric and Construction, we want to give you the information that you need to decide whether you do need a new microwave. With 25 years of experience, our electricians are very skilled and well-trained in all areas, including commercial, industrial, and residential electric construction. If you do need a new one, we can help you figure out which kind will work best for your family and even install it for you.

What are some signs that you need a new microwave? One of the easiest ways to find out if you need a new microwave is to inspect it visually. It isn’t always possible to remove all the germs from your appliance, even if you clean it often. Even a microwave that you just cleaned can appear discolored on the inside. This discoloration can be the result of millions of food particles left behind over years of use. Even though yours works well, that does not necessarily mean you should still be using it. A new microwave can keep your family safer from food contaminants.

From a studio apartment all the way to a five-star restaurant, kitchens come in all sizes. If you have a smaller kitchen that can’t handle a bulky, old microwave, it may be time to look for a new one. Nothing kills counter space more than a large microwave on a small countertop. When you make the right choice in partnering with Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. Electric and Construction, you can be confident that you are only getting the best! Our electricians will discuss all the available options for your new microwave, including the best location and height to install it. We will even install it for you.

If you are planning to purchase a new home, that may also be a sign that it is time for a new microwave. Rather than bringing the old one from your previous apartment, get a brand new one that can use less energy and save you money in the long run. You can also pick one that matches the style you want to achieve in your new kitchen, rather than styling your new kitchen to match your old appliance.

Whether you just need your old appliance replaced or you are remodeling your kitchen and want to have a microwave installed over your stove rather than setting one on the counter, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you get the job done. Our electricians are experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly, so you can be sure you are getting the best products and service. We are located in Walton, KY, and we are proud to serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today to get your estimate!

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Keeping Your Pets Safe Around Electricity

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Your pet is a loved and well-cared for member of your family. Many pet owners go to lengths such as removing dangerous plants from their home and buying new storage and disposal items for their kitchens to keep their pets safe. While these are excellent pet safety tips that everyone should do, many pet owners overlook one of the biggest dangers in the home for their pets: electricity. Electrical cords, wires, and devices can be incredibly dangerous for pets and it is important that you take precautions before an incident occurs. Let Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, help you keep your animals safe around electricity with these few simple tips.

Cords and Cables

It is very easy to forget that cords and wires are lying about in and outside of your home. They are small, usually hidden behind something, and may only be moved once every week or so if that. Your pets might not see cords the same way. Because pets are naturally curious of their surroundings, they will stick their noses (and mouths) in any space they can fit. While cords do not pose a threat if they are touched, often times animals explore new things with their teeth and this can cause a major problem. Not only will your cords be ruined by chewing, your pets will likely sustain injuries and risk electrocution when they chew through live wires. Keep cords that are removable, like chargers for laptops and phones, put away in a drawer. Cords that sit on the floors should be secured against the wall or covered with electrical tape, and you should always pay attention when your pet is near that area. Exposed, live electrical wires that are outside your home should be covered properly to make sure that there is no risk for a dangerous incident.

Electrical Devices

Now that your cords are in a safe space away from your pet, your electrical device is also a concern. Again, because animals like to explore with their mouths, electrical devices are not safe from being a potential hazard. Keep your small electrical devices stored in areas where animals cannot reach, like drawers, separate rooms, or on surfaces that they cannot reach. These devices will not only be ruined by curious mouths, but your pets could be injured with their curiosity.

Ingestion

While the threat of electrocution and injury are scary enough, when your animal swallows wiring or pieces of an electrical device the problem can be even worse. While wiring will likely pass through your pet’s digestive system with ease, the electrocution from ingesting live wiring will leave sores or worse on the inside of your pet’s mouth and throat. These sores have the potential to become infected if they are not treated properly. In addition, the small pieces of electrical devices, like a cell phone or a e-reader, have a very high likelihood of being poisonous to your animals if they are ingested. If your pets swallow pieces of your electrical device it is incredibly important that you take them to a vet as fast as possible.

Rose Brothers & Sons Can Help

If you inspect your home for wires that could be potentially harmful to your pets and discover any potential hazards, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help. Whether you have exposed wiring, want to invest in wireless options for even more safety, or just want solutions to keep electrical wiring as safe as possible, Rose Brothers & Sons is who you need to call. Located in Walton, Kentucky, Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. specializes in a variety of residential electrical services. If you want to ensure your home is as safe as possible for your beloved pet, contact us today.

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