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Making the Most of the Outlets in Your Small Space

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From first apartments to the currently popular tiny houses, many people live in small spaces, which may also translate to a small number of outlets. With the number of electronic devices an average family owns today, running out of outlets in a small space can definitely happen.

If Possible, Install New Outlets

The most effective and permanent way to cope with not having enough outlets in a home is to add more. However, this is easier said than done. If you are renting from someone else, you will need their permission to add more outlets to the house or apartment. If you own your home, creating a new outlet on a blank wall is still challenging and it best handled by a license electrician, like Rose Brothers & Sons in Walton, Kentucky. Wiring will need to be run from another electrical source and unless you know exactly what your walls are made of, you may be in for a surprise when you try to make room for an outlet in one of them.

Give Existing Outlets or Switches an Upgrade

Are many of your outlets occupied by charging mobile devices like tablets and phones? Traditional outlets can be fairly easily switched out for outlets with built-in USB ports, so you can plug in your device without taking up a socket. One of the most common configurations for these outlets has the standard two sockets with two USB ports, giving you plenty of room to charge your phone and tablet while still keeping your lamp and alarm clock plugged in. Adding an outlet with USB ports is similar to converting a two-prong outlet.

If you have a single light switch in a place where an outlet would also be convenient, replace the switch with a switch/outlet combination. This solution works especially well for bathrooms in older homes that may not have any outlets at all because the switch is often located on a wall near the sink and mirror.

Other Ways to Add More Outlet Space in Your Northern Kentucky Home

If you are not at all handy, the number of sockets per outlet can be increased without changing the outlet itself. Adapters that plug into a socket of an outlet instantly add four new places to plug things in. If space is small where the outlet is (e.g. behind a piece of furniture), use an adapter with rotating sockets so plugs lay parallel to the wall instead of sticking out and being in the way.

Power strips are similar to adapters in that they only use one outlet space and provide six to eight more places to plug things in. Many power strips have the added benefit of providing surge protection for sensitive electronics, including computers and TVs. Some armoires and entertainment centers come with built-in power strips, increasing your outlets and providing additional storage space.

If you need power somewhere not near one of your few outlets use extension cords. Some brands have multiple outlets along the length of the cord. If you don’t want the extension cord to show, use a cord cover that runs along your baseboards and conceals it. Be sure not to run extension cords under things that could crush them or disrupt the electrical current and cause a fire.

If you require assistance with increasing the outlets in your home, or any other electrical service, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric and Construction. We serve all of Greater Cincinnati, Southern Indiana, and Northern Kentucky, including: Florence, Ft. Mitchell, Villa Hills, Union, Ft. Wright, Hebron, Burlington, Covington, Erlanger, Independence, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glencoe, and Williamstown.

 

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Emergency Electric Repair Service

Emergency electric repairPower outages are not an unusual experience in the Midwest; after all, we do have some exciting weather events from time to time. Power failure is only one of the emergencies that can occur when it comes to electricity. Damaged or faulty wiring, falling tree limbs breaking a live electrical wire, and sparking electrical plugs are just a few of the emergencies that require a professional, licensed electrician.

What to Do When the Lights Go Out

I’m sure that all of you know how to change a light bulb, despite the multitude of jokes that exist on that topic. But what if it isn’t just a blown light bulb? What do you need to do if you lose power to your home or business?

  • Turn off all major appliances and lights. This will prevent a surge or circuit overload when power is restored.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage. .
  • If your neighbor has lights but you don’t, reset your home circuit breakers. If your neighbor’s home is also dark, there is probably an area wide power failure.

Emergencies happen when you least expect them to. That follows true even with your electricity. Being prepared is your best defense when it comes to losing power. In the Midwest, snowstorms and ice storms are pretty typical in the winter months, and with them come broken tree limbs and downed power lines. Unfortunately, an electrician is not of great benefit if the entire power grid is down. Planning ahead can have you calmly weathering a power outage.

Make sure you have on Hand

  • A working flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Battery Powered Radio and spare batteries
  • Charged Mobile Phone
  • Fresh Water (if your water pump relies on electricity)
  • An alternative cooking source that does not require electricity
  • A current list of emergency contacts.

Consider a Power Backup System

If being without power is not an option for your home or business, consider having a power backup generator installed. A backup generator can be hard-wired into your electrical system. Within seconds of a power loss it will engage automatically. If your business is dependent on a steady power supply or if you have health issues that require electrical machinery to run without fail, a standby generator is recommended.

Damaged or Faulty Wiring 

If you have had work done in your home by an unlicensed person, you may have wiring that does not meet building codes. Faulty wiring is a fire hazard. Have you ever felt a slight shock or vibration or heard a buzz when you turn on a light or an appliance? These are all clues that you need to have the wiring in your home checked by a qualified electrician. Changes in temperature and old age can lead to frayed wires or cracks in wiring insulation. If you’ve ever smelled an overheated transformer, the smell is distinctive. Unfortunately, faulty electrical wiring, and the resultant potential electrical fire, is odorless and invisible. You need to be vigilant of subtle changes in the way your appliances behave and call an electrician for a home electrical evaluation before you need emergency electrical repair.

Falling Tree Limbs, Live Electrical Wires

That tree that you love in your front yard can create an electrical emergency if a limb breaks during the next storm and brings down the electrical wire that runs under it. Utility companies try to be diligent in trimming tree limbs above power lines but if you notice a potential problem area, notify your electric company. If you see a downed electric line, stay back from the area and maintain at least 100 feet of space from the live wire. Call your power company immediately. If you are in a vehicle that comes in contact with an electric line, stay in the vehicle and wait for assistance. If you must leave the vehicle, jump clear with both feet together, insuring that you do not come in contact with the ground and the vehicle at the same time. Maintain your feet together position and shuffle away while maintaining contact with the ground.

Sparking Electrical Outlets

Your electrical outlet should not spark, or be hot to the touch. If you experience either of these, or if you notice charring around the outlet, stop using the outlet and call for an electrician.

For assistance with any home emergency electrical repair, or for assistance in electrical preparedness, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric Service or schedule an appointment through our webpage. We proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas.

 

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What Causes Power Surges In A Home?

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A power surge is defined as “an unexpected, temporary increase in the current or voltage of an electrical circuit.” This current increase can be compared to the rush of water that occurs when a dam breaks, and it can be just as damaging. But instead of destroying buildings or trees, it can wipe out anything that uses electricity.  So, what causes power surges in a home?

Causes of Home Electrical Power Surges

Lightning – A lightning strike is by far the most spectacular cause of power surges. It is also one of the most predictable. If you hear thunder or know a storm is approaching, you can take precautions to protect your electronics.

Blackout or intentional power outage – Blackouts occur when too much power is being used at the same time and the grid shuts down. Utility companies occasionally turn off the electricity to entire areas to do maintenance. These two situations don’t actually cause a power surge. It’s the return of electricity afterward that can cause a surge.

Downed utility lines or switching grids – A utility line being damaged or destroyed can send power surges through other operational lines and into your home. If the electric company has to change grids to accommodate usage in a certain area, an electric surge may occur.

Large appliances – This type of surge is minimal and limited to your home. When an appliance that requires a larger amount of electricity shuts off, a small surge may occur and affect more sensitive components.

How to Prevent Damage from Power Surges

The best way to protect yourself from home electrical power surges is with surge protection devices. Two types are available. The first one is a surge protector that plugs into your outlet and protects only the devices plugged into it. While effective against some surges, this type will not hold up against extremely strong currents, leaving your electronics susceptible to damage. A quality plug-in surge protector can cost anywhere from $20 to over $100, so don’t use them on items that are inexpensive to replace.

The second type is a whole-house surge protector that is installed at the electric panel. It senses electrical spikes and sends them to the ground instead of allowing them into your home. Whole-house surge protectors are hard-wired into your electric panel and should be installed by a licensed electrician. Many surge protection companies offer warranties against damage when their products are used.

Because larger appliances can cause electrical surges when they power down, avoid plugging sensitive electronics – like a TV or DVD player – into the same circuit as a refrigerator, washer and dryer, dishwasher, or air-conditioner.

When you hear thunder or know a storm is on the way, unplug computers, home entertainment systems, and small appliances before lightning strikes. If your power goes out, turn off or unplug electronics and wait a few minutes after the power comes back on before using them.

Rose Brothers & Sons provides electric repairs and installation in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas, and is qualified to install surge protection in your home.  Call today, if you need more information about what causes power surges in a home.

 

 

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Lighting Trends for Your New Home

 

lighting trendsPicking out lighting for your new home can be overwhelming. There are so many options to choose from! Stay up to date with the latest trends in home goods and finally be able to be one step ahead of the Jones’. At Rose Brothers & Sons, we want you to stay in the lighting trend loop. We’re going to give you all of the latest lighting trends for your new home.

2016 Lighting Trends

Getting Back to Brass and Vintage Glass

You know you have that favorite shirt sitting in the back of your closet that you can never bring yourself to get rid of. As you know, everything eventually comes back into style. Well, most everything. According to Progress Lighting, vintage and rustic fixtures from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s are making a comeback. Vintage glass and brass accents made a bold statement during that era and they’re still trendy today.

Pendant Lighting

This lighting trend makes a statement that combines tradition and nuance. You can personalize pendant lighting to make it unique to your own home. Mix and match different styles of these light fixtures to make it your own. According to New Home Source, you can combine a couple of pendant light fixtures at various heights to make a fun and unique chandelier of your own.

Oversized Fixtures

Make a dramatic and bold statement in your new home by adding an oversized light fixture to your home. Oversized fixtures are a bold focal point for homes with large foyers or high ceilings. These trendy fixtures give your home some modern flair rather than opting for the classic and traditional glass chandelier.

Nautical Twists

According to Progress Lighting, navy is the top color trend for 2016. Compliment this beautiful color with a lighting fixture that adds a nautical twist to your home. Beveled or seeded glass light fixtures create that nautical feel in your home that you’re looking for. These nautical elements will make you feel like the shore is right outside your window.

We hope that these 2016 lighting trends will help you add some modern flair to your new home. At Rose Brothers & Sons we want to be your first call when installing your new light fixtures. We are electricians and electrical contractors serving Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas.

 

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5 Ways to Save Money on Electric Repairs

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Having the hassle of dealing with electric repairs across the home are enough stress for anyone, the last thing you want to worry about is the repairs breaking your bank account. Just like it is important to keep your electric appliances working properly, it is also important to find cost-friendly solutions to your problems from a trusted company like Rose Brothers and Sons. Like most everyone else, you might want to know some tips on how to save your money on electric repairs. Here are our top 5:

Easy Tips To Lower Your Electric repairs Budget:

  1. Preventive Maintenance. As the old saying goes, “be proactive instead of reactive.” Guess what? That can apply with electric repairs as well! There is no need for expensive repairs if you perform preventive maintenance beforehand. Regular maintenance can help the life expectancy of all of your major systems. For example, changing the filter on or deep cleaning a furnace can make it last much longer. For other appliances or systems, a deep clean, visual look over, or removal of debris can keep everything in working order. All of these can potentially prevent any costly repairs down the road.
  2. Off-Season Repairs. Just like your favorite fruits and vegetables, repair items have fluctuating prices dependent on the season. Finding the off seasons for certain systems or appliances are key in finding the cheapest prices for repairs on them. For example, furnace maintenance prices surge during the fall, so get yours checked out and repaired during the summer!
  3. DIY (Do-It-Yourself). If you are even slightly handy, you can go online to find tutorials on how to solve some of your electric problems on your own. The power of YouTube is amazing when you realize you can use the website to solve your real-world problems!
  4. Salvaged Materials. If you do end up fixing some of your own problems by hand, or can have any input on the materials used by your contractor, try out salvaged materials instead of new. Not only is it much cheaper, it’s also great for the environment. If bought secondhand, many materials can be bought for the fraction of a new price.
  5. Manufacturer’s Rebates. You know those fliers you receive whenever you check out at a store that give you chances to get money back on your purchases? Those are rebates and rebates are excellent ways to save money! When purchasing new appliances or materials, check the specific manufacturer or store for online rebates. Some may require surveys or a lengthy online questionnaire, but it is always worth it to get money back!

 

There are many ways to save money on electric repairs and these are just 5. If you are looking for electric repairs in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas, look no further than Rose Brothers and Sons for a convenient, efficient, and cost-friendly solution to your needs.

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Winterize Your Home In 10 Easy Steps

winterize your homeIf you have lived in Northern Kentucky for very long, you are aware that our winters can bring extremes in temperatures. Protect your family, home, appliances and budget by preparing your home for winter.  Here are a few tips to winterize your home.

  1. If you have an electric water heater, insulate it (If you have a gas-powered water heater insulation creates a fire hazard.) Insulate pipes leading to your water heater. This will cut down on the workload for your water heater.
  2. Seal any air leaks around your windows and doors. Put this on your fall schedule and you won’t be sorry. 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. Another way to check for leaks is to hold a lighted candle near your window on a windy day. If the candle flame bends, your window is leaking.
  3. Check the glazing on your windows for gaps or cracks. Glazing needs to be replaced periodically. If you tap on a window pane and it rattles your glazing may need replacement.
  4. Reduce the temperature on your thermostat when no one is at home and at night when all are sleeping.    Replacing your old manual thermostat with a programmable thermostat will automate this chore. Consider putting a timer on your water heater so that it isn’t heating water when it won’t be needed. Better yet, switch to a tankless water heating system.While this will only be done once when you winterize your home, you will be glad you took the time to make recommended replacements.
  5. Clean your gutters of debris. Check for any branches that might have grown and are hanging over electrical wires and have them removed.  
  6. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. Hot air rises so you want your fan blowing up so that the warmer air circulates around the room.
  7. According t the Department of Energy, door drafts can waste anywhere from 5-30% of your heat. Try making a draft snake to place at the foot of your door.
  8. Shut off the water supply to your irrigation system and outdoor spigots. Hire a contractor to blow out any water remaining in your irrigation system.
  9. If you have a chimney, make sure it is ready for use. Chimneys should be cleaned at least once per year.
  10. Make sure that your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Replace old batteries if necessary.

For assistance with your home winterization plans call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric or visit our webpage at www.rosebrotherselectric.com. Our electricians proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas and will be happy to help you winterize your home.

 

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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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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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Appliances That Require Dedicated Circuits

appliances that require dedicated circuitsThere are many appliances that require dedicated circuits. In fact, if you are constantly experiencing your circuit breaker tripping or lights dimming, you may have a problem with how your breaker box is set up. This can cause not only damage to your appliances but it’s also a fire hazard. You owe it to yourself and your family to keep your electrical system safe and working properly.

What Is A Dedicated Circuit?

A dedicated circuit is a circuit breaker in your electrical box that is used for only one appliance. It in effect is dedicated to doing only that one thing. Some major appliances that draw a lot of electricity will require more than one switch we usually refer to these as double pole circuits as opposed to single pole circuits. This configuration keeps you and your home safe from fires. Double pole circuits are for appliances requiring 30-50 amps and single pole circuits are for appliances requiring 20 amps.

The Appliances That Require Dedicated Circuits

Heating and Air Conditioning Equipment

Electric Ranges and Ovens

Refrigerators and Freezers

Dishwashers

Washers and Dryers

Microwaves

Electric Fireplaces

Garage Door Openers

Car Charging Stations

Garbage Disposals

Water Heaters

Sump pumps

Jacuzzi, hot tubs and Pools

Upgrading Your Electrical Circuits

If you are adding a new appliance or an older used appliance, you need to make sure your electric is set up to handle the new addition.   You can check the rating on the new appliance or electrical equipment to determine how much electricity it will use. Many appliances are compliant with Energy Star ratings and use less electricity than older models. If you experience fluctuating power, dimming light or you are constantly throwing a breaker switch, you should call your professional electrician in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky and have your electrical system checked out. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help you with fast, dependable electrical repairs and upgrades. Call today to speak with a professional electrician or to schedule a repair or estimate.

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