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A Whole Home Surge Protector Will Save You Money

whole home surge protectorA whole home surge protector can save you money. Whether you are worried about protecting your computer, TV or any large appliance, lightening strikes and electrical surges can damage appliances in your home.  It doesn’t take but one bad storm, one downed tree or one lightening strike to cause damage. Here are a few things you can do to protect your family and your electrical appliances.

Invest in a Whole Home Surge Protector

Recently my neighbor’s home was struck by lightening. One of his water pumps was damaged costing him 1300.00 to replace. Over the years I have heard similar stories of homeowners who lost costly electrical equipment because of lightening. Investing in a whole home surge protector could have saved them from the expense of replacing appliances and office equipment.

Most people know that lighting can cause damage to their TV and appliances and yet many of us don’t take the time to unplug our appliances every time a storm comes or every time we leave the house. You can rely on a whole home surge protector to protect your belongings even when you’re away.

Full Protection

Whole home surge protectors will protect you home from up to 40,000 amps or more depending on the size of the protector. Adding this to your electrical panel will protect your home, but you still need individual surge protector outlets and/or power strips. Having both will ensure you are protected from lighting and power surges within your home.

Dedicated Circuits

Having your TV, Computer or other appliances on dedicated circuits can also protect you and your electrical equipment from electrical fluctuations that could cause poor TV quality, or surges when other appliances on the same circuit start running. This can result in fluctuations, surges and the like that can become a problem.

Your Electrician Can Help

If you want to learn more about installing a whole home surge protector or if you are considering adding a few dedicated circuits, your electrician can provide you with information and help with the installations. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric  your electrician in Northern Kentucky, for all your electrical needs.

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How To Save Money on Your Electric Bill This Fall

save money on your electric billIn many homes, the coming of winter spells higher electric bills because of heating systems and other electrical appliances. There are some things you can do that are easy and can save you money.  Your electrician can help you find things in your home that are using electricity.  By passing these items if they aren’t necessary is an option when you are trying to conserve your energy consumption and lower your electric bill.  Here are a few other things you can do:

Use Natural light and heating

During the winter you can take advantage of the natural sunlight and heat by opening your south facing window coverings each day and closing them at night.

Seal Your Home For Winter

Cover drafty windows with insulating window treatments. Honeycomb shades or heavy drapes work well. Seal around any opening to your home so cold air doesn’t come in and warm air doesn’t escape. This includes openings around windows and doors, and openings around pipes and fixtures.

Heating System Maintenance

Heating systems consume a lot of energy. Make sure your heating system is running efficiently.    Repair any leaks or damage to your heating system. Adjusting your thermostat down a little can save you money on your electric bill. At night use warm blankets and wear warm clothes during the day. You can save money by turning the thermostat down when you’re out of the house.  A programmable thermostat can help you keep track of your settings.

Other Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill

One quarter of your electric bill comes from running your water heater. You can save money by reducing the water temperature a few degrees. Switching to LED lights can also help you conserve on your electric bill.

 

For an energy audit or help in conserving your electric bill, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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Installing Your Electric Fireplace

installing your electric fireplaceElectric Fireplaces are popular this time of year. There are many good reasons why people choose an electric fireplace insert over a gas or wood-burning fireplace. Here are the pros and cons of choosing an electric fireplace or electric fireplace insert.

Electric Fireplaces are Safe

When it comes to electric fireplaces, you don’t have too much to worry about. Unlike wood burning fireplaces, you don’t have to worry about fires or the smell of smoke. Wood fireplaces are messy and require some work. You have to clean the fireplace and hunt for or buy wood. Gas fireplaces also emit a smell or fumes. They have a flame so fire is possible but their casing allows them to be placed directly next to wood or other burnable materials. Because a leak cannot be detected right away, you need a carbon monoxide detector to be safe if you have a gas fireplace.

Electric fireplaces have no fumes, no flames and don’t emit odors or hazardous gases. They are safe and can be used next to wood and other flammable objects. They are least expensive to install and work well if you have no fireplace chimney or natural gas nearby.

Can Electric Fireplaces Heat Your Room?

Most electric fireplaces are used for their aesthetic appeal. They do produce some heat to help make a room cozy. They operate anywhere from 1500 BTUs to 5000 BTUs on average. Usually a 40,000 BTU gas fireplace can heat an average size living room to give you an example.   On the positive side, the heat can also be turned off if you just want to look at the flames.

Electric Fireplace Cons

Besides looking nice and heating a little, electric fireplaces will cause your electric bill to increase a little. They aren’t really meant to heat a large area. The fire itself looks somewhat real. How real it looks and what the appearance is has a lot to do with the price and quality of the unit you purchase. Some models allow you to adjust the flames too.

Installing Your Electric Fireplace or Electric Fireplace Insert

Installing an Electric fireplace is easy.   Often you just need to plug it into an electrical outlet. You may need to move an outlet to accommodate where you want to place your fireplace.  Electric fireplaces come in all kinds of sizes and styles, including a wall mount.  If you are using an electric fireplace insert, you need to close off your existing chimney and make sure your unit fits properly. You can also construct a casing for your unit.

If you have any questions about installing your electric fireplace or you need help installing an electrical outlet. Call Rose Brothers and Sons electric and we will be happy to help you.

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Common Electrical Accidents

electrical accidentsCommon electrical accidents can usually be prevented if you are careful.  Using your appliances and extension cords properly and having good wiring may be all you need to do to prevent an electrical accident. Here are a few things to consider to keep you and your family safe.

Water and Electricity Don’t Mix

Most people know to avoid using electrical appliances around water or while taking a bath.  What you may not know is that every year many electrical accidents occur because of using electricity around water.  All outlets that are in the vicinity of water should have the proper GFCI receptacle.  This includes, your kitchen, bath areas, laundry rooms, garage and pool areas as required by National Electrical codes.  An electrical inspection can reveal if you need to add more of these to areas of your house.

Cords and Plugs

By far the most common electrical accidents that are fatal occur because cords and plugs aren’t used properly.  Extension cords and surge protectors should be used carefully.  Never overload your cords and never use an extension cord for a permanent hook up.  Don’t hide extension cords under carpeting or rugs.  The biggest thing to remember is never use a cord that is damaged by melting or missing insulation.  If the cord or plug looks damaged, replace it or the appliance right away.  It is not worth the risk to use a damaged cord or plug.  Also, make sure you use the right outlet for the plug.  Never force a 3-prong plug into a regular outlet.

Appliances

If you’re using an appliance and you notice a burning smell, see smoke or hear a buzzing sound that is unusual, stop using the appliance until you can have it examined.  Most small appliances just need to be replaced at this point.

Fixtures

Be sure and pay attention to the bulb wattage that is recommended for your fixtures.  Putting a 100 watt bulb into a fixture rated for 40 watts can melt the wiring and cause shocks or fires.  Plugging a plug adapter into your fixture can also be dangerous and can easily overload your fixture.

Household Wiring and Electrical Accidents

When it comes to the safety of your home, you are better off allowing a professional electrician service your electrical system, circuit breakers and wiring.  If you are moving into a new home or have an older home, having an electrical inspection can give you the information you need to protect your family.  You want to make sure the wiring is done correctly and that no circuits are overloaded.  Anytime you detect a potential problem with your electricity it is important to get repairs done right away.  Your electrician in Northern Kentucky will be happy to help.  Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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New Electrical Ideas for Your Kitchen

electrical ideas for your kitchenThere are many electrical ideas for your new kitchen and new electrical kitchen gadgets to help with all your cooking and baking needs. If all you’ve thought about is your new bar furniture for home use and have completely forgotten to sort out your electrical needs then don’t worry. All you have to do is keep on reading for a few easy to add electrical solutions for the kitchen that will make your life easier and the time spent in your kitchen more enjoyable.

Electrical Outlet Ideas in the Kitchen

When it comes to designing your kitchen, it doesn’t take much to add the right amount of electrical outlets and to have them conveniently placed throughout the kitchen.  You can choose to have them mounted in the back-splash either vertically or horizontally for a unique look.  You can also have them mounted under the cabinets where they are hidden.   Under cabinet lights are also a great option, to provide lighting for each area of your counter top.

Instant Hot Water Tap

This is a great invention for allowing you to get just the right temperature water at all times.  It can be energy efficient and allows you to dispense with the kettle on the stove for tea.  There are hot only models and hot and cold models too.  They look similar to your kitchen sink and are a great convenience as an electrical kitchen gadget.

Induction Stoves

Induction stoves are a great alternative way to cook.  They are more energy efficient than regular cooking stoves because they don’t actually heat the surface of the stove, they heat the pan.  They cook similar to a gas stove as far as cooking goes, however there is no flame.  They do require special pans and flat bottoms on the pans.  They are one solution for handicap ready kitchens as they have less heating area which makes them safer,  they turn off by themselves and they are shallower so that you could install them with room for your wheelchair.

Electrical Ideas for Your Kitchen are Limitless

When it comes to designing a new kitchen, there are so many wonderful electrical ideas for your kitchen.  With all the electrical kitchen gadgets and ideas for handicap ready kitchens, designing a solution for your lifestyle is fun and rewarding.  If you have any questions or need help with your electrical ideas for your kitchen, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Electric Repairs and Tips To Save You Money

electric repairsThere are a few electric repairs and summer time money saving tips that can help lower your electric bill.  August can be one of the hottest months of the year and the average home spends hundreds of dollars a year on energy costs, mostly because of air conditioning.  You can lower your electric bill and help save the environment by following some of these recommendations.  See which of these you can implement and start reaping the rewards of extra savings.

Control Your Thermostat

If your house is like mine, there is a constant war over the thermostat.  My daughter is always hot and likes to keep the air on really high.  My husband is more conservative and follows behind her and turns it back down.  It is suggested that your thermostat should be set to 78 degrees when your home and 80 or more when your away.   You are likely to save up to 3 percent per degree over 72 degrees. Many people are installing new digital thermostats to regulate their homes more.  There are many different ones on the market that can help control your energy use.  Your professional electrician can help with electric repairs and thermostat installations.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep the air moving in your home.  Many times you can set your thermostat higher and stay comfortable with the use of ceiling fans.  Make sure your fan blades are rotating counter clockwise to push air down and maximize air circulation.  If you need to install more ceiling fans, call your professional electrician and they can help.

Use Appliances Sparingly

Your microwave is the most energy efficient way to cook.  It uses less energy than your stove and it won’t heat up the kitchen.  This will help with your cooling bill.  Your dryer is also a huge consumer of electricity.  You can lower your utility bill by hanging clothes outside on a clothes line.  Peak electricity use hours are from 4pm to 6pm.  Avoid running appliances during this time especially if an electricity emergency is declared. Turn off appliances, lights, power strips and equipment when not in use. Unplug  the spare refrigerator if you have one but don’t really need it.  Freezers that are plugged in but not full will be more costly to run too.  Consider replacing older appliances with newer more energy efficient appliances.

Install a Whole House Fan

If you don’t have an attic fan, consider installing one.  A whole house fan can draw cool air into your home through the windows and suck the hot air up and out through the attic vents.  These are best used in the evening and early morning and can help reduce your air conditioning use.  Your electrician can help you determine if an attic fan would work in your home.

HVAC Maintenance

Having your HVAC system checked and maintained will cause it to work better and more efficient.  You can save energy with clean filters too.  If you have an older a/c unit, you may want to replace it with a newer more energy efficient model.   If you plant trees around your a/c unit, it will use about 5% less energy.   Leaking ductwork needs to be repaired to save around 25% of your energy bill.

Keeping Up With Electrical Repairs

Whenever you notice a problem with your electricity it is important to get it fixed right away.  Repairing things when the problem is first noticed and small, beats waiting and facing larger and more costly repairs later.  Electrical repairs and  electrical upgrades can also help with your energy and utility bills.  Older homes may need electrical repairs to ensure their electric is efficient and economical.  Your electrician can help you determine if there are other ways you can save on your electric bill.  If you have any questions or need electric repairs, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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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. Read this helpful guide to creating an energy efficient home.

 

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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