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Energy Efficient Homes In Northern Kentucky

energy efficient homes in Northern KentuckyYou can perform a DIY energy audit to see if you have one of the areas energy efficient homes in Florence Kentucky.   If you notice your utilities bills are outrageous, it may be time you did something to keep from paying such high utility bills.  Once you know where the problems lie, you can decide if it makes sense to fix them.

What To Look For In A DIY Energy Audit

Check your insulation in your attic, exterior and basement walls, ceilings, floors and crawlspaces.  You can easily see where you need to add insulation or make changes.

Check for air leaks around doors, windows, vents, electrical outlets, and plumbing.  Seal all leaks to ensure no cold or hot air is escaping.

Close fireplace dampers.

Make sure all your heating and cooling appliances are properly maintained each year.  You can check your maintenance book or schedule maintenance by a licensed HVAC company.

Study the lighting and electrical appliances you have.  Look for ways to add controls like timers, dimmers and sensors.  Your licensed electrician in can help.

Energy Efficient Homes in Northern Kentucky

Finding ways to make sure your home is energy efficient is a good way to budget your money and expenses.  You can save money by switching to energy efficient light bulbs.  Also, it is estimated that by adding a digital programmable thermostat, you can save almost $200.00 a year.

Adding newer appliances and upgrading your electrical system are also ways to ensure you have one of the energy efficient homes in Northern Kentucky.

It is estimated that 50% of a home’s heating and cooling escapes out of windows.  You can replace your windows with more energy efficient windows or add better window treatments like honeycomb shades.

 

Every year companies are coming up with new technology to help you lower your utility bills and reduce your energy use. Older homes can be costly when you consider the money you will spend on high heating and cooling bills.  Updating your home may be a way to make your home more energy efficient.  You will want to consider the costs of upgrading a home and weigh out what is the best solution.  It could be moving to one of the areas more energy efficient homes in Northern Kentucky is the best solution.

 

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is dedicated to helping our customers achieve energy efficiency.  We will be happy to help you realize your goal with electrical repairs and installations.  IF you have any questions about turning your home into one of the energy efficient homes in Northern Kentucky, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

 

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Ethernet in Northern Kentucky

hardwired Ethernet in Northern KentuckyAs more and more wireless networking is appearing, the need for hardwired Internet is becoming less of a necessity.  The majority of electrical devices in your home or office come with built in Wi-Fi and as technology gets better and better, more reliable forms of wireless networking devices and routers will be built.  There are some instances though when a cabled system or hardwired Ethernet in Northern Kentucky is necessary.

The Benefits of Hardwired Ethernet Ports

Depending on the speed of your router, hardwired systems can help you gain speed and consistency.  This is especially true for stationary devices like computers, home automation systems, burglary systems and home entertainment systems.

Running cables ensures you have consistent Internet regardless of the state or condition of your router.  For data transfer it also is a good way to ensure your data remains true.

Some electronics, such as, Internet enabled television systems do not connect with Wi-Fi making hardwired Ethernet ports a necessity.

Designing Your Home for Ethernet in Northern Kentucky

You will want to determine where you want to have hardwired Ethernet ports.  Bedrooms, Offices and behind entertainment centers are common places to put Ethernet ports.  You might consider having multiple jacks in some areas where you will have multiple devices such as in your entertainment console.

Many times Cat-5 cabling is installed standard in new home construction.  This type cabling is good for phones and Ethernet both.  If you are building a new home or remodeling an office, having hardwired Ethernet in Northern Kentucky is a good option.  If you want to run electric wiring in your house, an electrician can do this typically in a few hours.  Hiring an electrician will ensure you have the job done professionally and that it will be designed in the most beneficial way.   Running electric wiring can be tedious and if you’re not familiar with wiring your home, it can be aggravating.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric will be happy to help you hardwire Ethernet for your home.  They have decades of experience wiring homes and have many happy customers who come to them for all their Northern Kentucky electric repairs and installations.  Call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric Today and see what they can do for you.

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Self-sufficient Homes and Electricity

self-sufficient homesSelf-sufficient energy and electricity has been an interesting topic for years.  Back in the 1970’s people began to focus on energy consumption and conservation.  Many studies show that American is one of the leading users of our natural resources, but did you know that America this year was 84.5% self-sufficient energy-wise?

America’s  Goal, 100% Self-sufficient Energy

It has always been our dream as a country to be self-sufficient as far as energy was concerned.  Thanks to new technologies such as, drilling and extraction methods (hydraulic fraction and horizontal drilling) we are now more than ever close to reaching our goals.    It is estimated that by the year 2020 we will, in fact, be energy efficient.

Conserving energy with Self-sufficient buildings

Besides creating our own energy, a move toward conservation and self-sufficiency is emerging across the US.  Some people are worrying about the collapse of the grid and being self-sustaining because of electrical failure.  Other people are conserving natural resources and saving money by living off the land.

The International Energy Agency recognizes that buildings are one of the most cost-effective sectors for reducing energy use.  40% of our primary energy consumption is in our buildings and homes.  This is also where a significant source of CO2 emissions is created.  With the use of better forms of energy such as photovoltaic energy, wind turbines, geo-thermal systems and hydro turbines some are able to produce enough electricity to provide for their own needs and, also feed energy back into the grid.

How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Self-sufficient homes or autonomous homes are built with green living in mind.  By studying these homes and how they save electricity, we can learn some things we can do ourselves that will help with our energy consumption.

Unless you are starting from scratch or have lots of money to invest in solar energy or geothermal energy, you probably will find yourself doing a few things with what you have.  One of the big assets or disadvantage a house can have are it’s windows.  Self-sufficient houses are insulated well and the windows and doors are completely sealed.  You can consider replacing windows that leak.  Also you can use the location of your windows to your advantage.  They can provide sunlight for lights and sun for heat in the winter.  In the summer you can use awnings to try and reverse the effect.  Window treatments can also help with energy efficiency at your windows.

Led lights offer another way to use less energy.  They also put off heat which can help during the winter.  Led light systems can be purchased too that are powered by solar, hydro or wind.

Water is another area where we can easily conserve.  Many people today are using rain barrels to water their lawns or gardens.  You can easily use solar water heaters for your roof to heat your water without using as much electricity.  Some of these systems can be quite expensive.

Other people in an attempt to use less electricity will hang their clothes out to dry on the line.  At one time this was considered normal and everyone hung their clothes outside, then it was only people who had no dryer and it was considered for the poor. Today, we see the tide reversing as people are beginning to once again use their clothes line out of choice to conserve and be more self-sufficient.

Some of the ways to conserve electricity are just common sense.  Upgrading your windows or appliances are all good ideas.  Other ideas are more a choice and a way of life.  You can expect as we keep exploring new energy sources and ways to use that energy that people will become more energy efficient and homes and building will be built with energy and electricity offered in more self-sufficient ways.

To see how you can better use your electricity, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.

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Preparing for BBQ Season With Outdoor Electricity

electricityAdd some electricity to your party!  There are many ways to enhance your deck or patio that will make grilling fun and exciting this summer.  Spring is in the air and it’s time to think about grilling, entertaining and enjoying your home the way you’ve always wanted to.

Outdoor Outlets Provide More Electricity

Adding a few outdoor electrical outlets to your patio or deck is a good way to ensure you can have access to the electricity you want, where you want it.  Do away with extension cords running everywhere.  They are a fire hazard outside and you don’t want your friends or kids tripping on them.

Having more outdoor outlets will allow you to put in fountains and ponds in areas where you couldn’t before.  Adding the sound of running water to your backyard will create a soothing atmosphere that will make you want to linger longer.

Having extra electrical outlets in addition to hardwired electricity gives you the option to change things up and move things around.  You will be able to plug in music, fans or heaters, as you desire.

Outdoor Lighting

Nothing creates ambiance like the right lighting.  If you are planning a barbeque or outdoor party at night, you need outdoor lighting.  Whether you use the lighting for sight or enjoy the look of outdoor lights in your yard, lights can make a huge difference in how you and your guests feel.

Decorative lighting in your yard is beautiful.  Today solar lights are used everywhere.  They are often inexpensive but require batteries or upkeep.  Hardwired lighting is more costly on your fuel bill but can save you money in maintenance.

Festive lighting is very popular for outdoor decks and patios.  A string of white lights or decorative lights add a whimsical touch to any home.  Soft lights at night create a fun atmosphere that screams romance.

Lighting is also an important aspect to your deck.  Having lights around the walkways or steps is a great way to prevent accidents and light up the way.

Outdoor Music

Nothing is as entrancing as outdoor music.  No matter what your musical preference having the music propelled into the yard is the best way to hear it.  Strategically placed speakers can create that enjoyable atmosphere you are wanting.  Lighten up your parties with just the right sound.

With outdoor electricity and wiring, you can enjoy your music from every location instead of just the boom box.   This allows you to either play soft music so everyone can hear it or blast the music throughout your yard so the neighborhood can hear it.

Spring and summer are just around the corner.  It’s time to capture the spirit and plan for your summer parties and barbeques by adding electricity to the mix.  Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help with all your electrical needs and lighten up your backyard with spectacular nighttime views.  Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today and let’s get the party started!

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Environmentally Friendly Electricity

electricityEnvironmentally friendly electricity or green electricity is a hot topic in most places these days.  With the high cost of fuel and the worry of our planet’s depleting resources, it is no wonder people everywhere want to go green.   When fuels are burned, carbon dioxide the main gas responsible for climate change is released making power plants environmentally dangerous.  The United States has a higher consumption of fuel than any other country with China being the lowest.  To make matters worse, the United States buys most of it’s fuel and so we have the problem of relying on other countries to produce the large amount we consume.  So we see having environmentally friendly electricity is a two-fold problem.

Where Does Electricity Come From

Power plants create electricity by burning fuels such as gas and coal.   These fossil fuels for the most part come from other countries and will eventually be exhausted.  Finding replacement fuel or energy is what environmentally friendly electricity is all about.

There are many types of renewable energy.  This is energy that won’t be exhausted because Mother Nature replenishes it regularly.  An example of this type of power would be wind power and solar energy.  A large focus is seen, in companies searching for an alternative to gas and Coal.  Wind turbines have developed over the years making them quieter and more dependable.

Besides wind power we also have solar power.  Solar power works by turning sunlight into electricity.  With today’s technology, solar power can work even on cloudy days.  One down fall to solar energy is the cost.    Some homeowners are able to take advantage of solar energy.  Another way they do this is by using the sun’s energy to heat water on the roof before it is either further heated or stored.  14% of your electricity goes to heating water.

Today houses and buildings are being designed with the environment in mind to make maximum use of the sun.  Today much of the energy we currently use heating, lighting and air conditioning our homes can be saved.

If you live near Perry County, you may have heard about bio-mass and the use of burning wood to provide electricity to homes in the area.  This technique burns plant and plant based material and creates energy.  It is thought that the carbon dioxide the plant uses during its life will offset the carbon dioxide released during burning.

Other types of energy that creates electricity are nuclear energy, with it’s own concerns, geothermal energy, hydropower, wave or tidal power, landfill gas and waste incineration.  All these types of power have their drawbacks and so the search for an answer goes on.

What Can Homeowners Do To Save Electricity

There are many things we can do to save electricity.  Turning off lights and lowering or raising our thermostats is all good options.  We can purchase energy efficient appliances.  In 1992 the Energy Star Program started to allow customers to see which appliances were more energy efficient.  On average an appliance with the star will save 30% more in electricity.  Washing machines alone are 60% more energy efficient than they were 20 years ago.  They can save you up to $85 per year.  Not only do they save on electricity but they can use up to 8 fewer gallons per load.

Older appliances and electrical systems are not as energy efficient as they are today.  This is one of the benefits of getting new appliances or having new electricity installed.  Many times you can get rebates for going green and having environmentally friendly electricity or appliances.

If you have any questions please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electricity at (859)746-9440 we will be happy to help you with all your electricity needs.

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Lighting Ideas For Your Home: Modern Chandeliers

When it comes to home decor, most people don’t think about lighting. Usually furniture, paintings, florals and other decorative pieces come to mind first. Remodeling or adding new lighting to your home is a great way to spruce it up! With sites like Pinterest, there are so many great resources for homeowners to get lighting ideas. Besides supplying your home with amble light, a great lighting fixture will help you create ambiance in your living spaces. Today, modern chandeliers are one of the most popular lighting trends.

How Do Contemporary Chandeliers Work

Most modern chandeliers have a design that incorporates the sleek metal industrial design. These designs can consist of simple glass sconces or futuristic art sculptures. There is no limit to modern chandelier design. All the lights are manufactured. However, you do not have to turn on your chandelier to add light to the room. Many of these chandeliers do a great job of reflecting the sun. This allows you to get an abundance of natural light into your home. Plus, the chandelier is a statement piece that hangs from your ceiling. It will add beauty to any room.

Most modern chandelier designs focus on the details that crafted into the ornaments that adorn the lights. The lights are the focal point of the room and should be given lots of attention. The design of the chandelier and the craftsmanship of the construction will help you to determine what kind of lights you want to have in your room. Lights play a huge part in creating an atmosphere in a room. Do you want dim lights? Bright lights? Will your design block the light from shining its brightest. These are things you have to consider when picking a design. Also, your design should reflect your personal style and preference.

Today, chandeliers are not regulated to the dining room, foyer or parlor. You can have a chandelier in any room. If you want to put one in your bedroom, you can get a lighting fixture that has a down lights feature that helps you control the amount of light. You can also find chandeliers that use incandescent and fluorescent light sources.

How to Buy A Modern Chandelier

If you want to upgrade your look to a modern chandelier, you should consider if you want to get a simple design or a unique on of a kind piece. A simple design usually has curved metal and has sconces covering the light source. Unique chandeliers can range from chandeliers with goose feathers to chandeliers with sculpture in the middle. Chandeliers come in a wide range of metals. You can get some in brushed-nickel, stainless steel, brass, etc. You can get chandeliers with tall cylinders of frosted glass that surrounds a light bulb or your can get one with translucent acrylic panels. The sky is the limit when it comes to buying a modern chandelier. You have to buy what fits your room and your style.

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Childproofing for Electrical Safety by an Electrician

Children and Electrical Safety

Have you ever stuck a fork into an electrical outlet?
I have. Fortunately, I am still here to talk about it with you.
Every year hundreds of children try to put things into electrical outlets.
Some of them succeed. Statistics show the most common object that gets inserted are hairpins followed closely by keys then fingers.  Safe electrical outlets are very important when Childproofing your house.  For more information on childproof safety from Kentucky Power, click here.

5 Prevention Products

There are many products out there to keep the little ones fingers and other objects from going into those small holes.

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The first, is the blank plug cover. It looks like a small cap a fits into the holes on an outlet. Two of them are required for each normal outlet in the US.

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We have the blank cover which covers the entire outlet and often comes in color that matches your decor so in effect camouflages the outlet when not in use.

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Next on our list of covers and caps is the sliding outlet. Where the entire outlet is designed with a sliding window to allow the plugs to be inserted into the outlet. The window slides shut when no plug is in place preventing small fingers access to where they ought not to go thus creating a safe electrical outlet.

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Also, there are various box covers that lock over the outlet when cables are plugged in for the various devices we all have in out homes.

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The ultimate protection for electrical safety comes in the form of the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) also called a Ground Fault Interrupter(GFI). This a special device which is part of the outlet which almost instantaneously shuts down power to the outlet if a short is detected. This is by far one of the safest.

These tips can help childproof your house and protect the little ones that are so dear to us all.  Remember for all your electrical safety needs, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.

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When to Replace Your Circuit Breaker

When to Replace Your Circuit Breaker

When you are experiencing electrical problems in your home

the first thing to check is your circuit breaker box. A circuit breaker can trip when there is too much of a load on one circuit, which will cut off the electrical flow going to that circuit. If the electrical problems you are having do any damage to the breaker, than it will have to be replaced. When you do find the breaker and reset it, watch it to see if it trips again. If it goes off again immediately, this is a good indication that you might have to replace the switch as long as the wiring is alright and nothing else is causing the problem.

When the circuit Breaker is Worn out

A circuit breaker will generally last a long time, but they can become broken, worn out or just become malfunctioning. As mentioned, a big clue to this is when a specific breaker trips very frequently or it will not remain reset. If the breaker is hot to the touch or is giving off a burning smell, looks burnt or black, or has frayed wires, this is the biggest indication that it needs to be replaced. If needed, you can always use a mulitmeter to test the circuit breaker in question to see if there is power flowing to it. If you do not detect any sign of power, than the breaker is faulty and needs to be replaced.

Older wiring may need to be replaced

Older homes may not be up to code.  Electrical codes are in place to insure your home is safe and problem free.  Older circuit breakers should be replaced with a more modern unit.

When you do need to replace a breaker, your best option is to call an electrician to do this for you. Dealing with electricity can be dangerous and difficult if you are not properly trained. Plus, a professional will be able to tell you if the problem is larger than the circuit breaker itself, such as a problem with the circuit box or the wiring in your home. Using a trained electrician will keep you and your family safe, and make sure that the job is done correctly the first time. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help you with all your electrical needs.

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Electrical Wiring Contractor

Finding an electrical wiring contractor is generally a hard job. However, without the right set of skills, trying to repair the electrical wiring in your own home often is a hazardous job. Deadly electrical shock, skin burns, and deadly electric shock can be the result of a lack of experience. Badly done wiring can also lead to issues with appliance shorts and electric fires. It is even possible that electrical fires can start fires and ruin your own home.
Typical Electrician Jobs at Home

These tips will help you reduce the chance of making any grave errors and will aid in the success of your project, however there is always the possibility of injuries. Below are a couple electrical wiring projects and some things to consider for each one.

Home Heating / Cooling System Wiring

If there is a problem with your HVAC system, you may think that it is an issue with your thermostat wiring. You may think to take the thermostat off the wall to take a look at the wiring inside the unit, but you should not tinker with thermostat wiring unless you are an electrical wiring contractor. Thermostat wiring is made up mostly of wires that control the unit itself, but within the thermostat there is often extremely dangerous wiring that can cause you grave danger if you are to touch it. You are best off leaving this wiring alone, and instead focusing on other areas to see if you can find an the issue with your home heating and cooling system.

House Fan Electrical Wiring

You never want your house ceiling fan to be powered from a dimmer switch, as the variation in voltage can be harmful to the ceiling fan and may start fire. An electrical wiring contractor can will be able to give you different options for modifying the way your ceiling fan works, and will give you the most options for your project. An electrical wiring contractor may install additional wires so that you may control the ceiling fan with one switch and the light with a second switch.

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Electrician in Covington KY

Electricians In Covington KY

Are you in need of an electrician in Covington KY? We’ve worked with hundreds of satisfied customers in the Northern Kentucky area. Covington electricians at Rose Brothers & Sons bring years of experience, qualified credentials, and friendly attitudes to each and every job we perform. Regardless of the nature of the electrical job, our Covington KY electricians are prepared to come in and complete it for you. Fulfilling the needs of local residents and businesses for years, our dedicated team strives to deliver top notch service each and every day. In fact, you won’t find friendlier, more experienced individuals than our dedicated Covington electrical contracting team at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.

Not a single electrical project is too tiny or too complicated for our staff of Covington electricians. We do it all from ceiling fan installation to new track lighting to circuit breaker replacements to all types of rewiring needs.

Has something gone wrong with your electricity that you can’t put your thumb on? Then you should get in touch with our trusted electricians in Covington KY and arrange for an electrical inspection to determine exactly what is going on. We can diagnose the problem quickly and fix it in no time at all.

If you’re looking for quality service at a fair price, our Covington electricians are the only plausible choice if you want trained technicians who always provide quality work with a smile on their face. Our electricians always arrive on time to each and every job with the necessary equipment and quality electrical parts to perform the job. Our Covington Kentucky electricians are always prepared to provide high quality work, top notch service, and fair rates.

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