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Setting New Year’s Resolutions

new year's resolutionSetting New Year’s Resolutions has been a tradition for many years. In fact the tradition dates back as far as the ancient Babylonians who made promises to their gods at the start of each new year. They would promise to return items they borrowed and pay back debts. The Romans began each year making promises to the god Janus and that is why the first month in the calendar year is January. Traces of the tradition of setting a New Year’s Resolution continued, through the Middle Ages and on.

Judaism and The New Year

During Rosh Hashanah and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) Jewish people reflect upon their actions over the year and seek forgiveness and offer forgiveness to others. This is similar to personal reflection and promises made during the lent season.

Reflecting Upon Self Improvement – New Year’s Resolutions

New year’s Resolutions involve many aspects of life. Physically you may want to exercise more, eat less or start walking a mile each day. Mentally you may decide to smile more often or quit being negative. You may want to improve your career or finances. The decision to volunteer more, pray more often or take a trip is a common goal for the New Year. Deciding to remodel your home or settle down and get married may be on your list too.

Decisions To Take Care of You and Your loved Ones Better

You may decide to make changes to your life or to better the lives of your loved ones. Having an electrician who can help keep you and your family safe is one idea. You can call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric to get a safety audit to make sure your home’s electric is safe and the wiring won’t cause an electrical fire. You may also decide to upgrade your electrical services in the New Year. If you have any questions or need your electrician’s assistance, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Electric Gadgets Changing the Way We Do Life

electric gadgetsWith today’s technology, many people are enjoying the conveniences of modern electric gadgets and smart home electronics. Here are a few areas where we see some high performance, easy innovations that are revolutionizing the way we do life.

Home Lighting

Wireless LED bulbs, smart lighting and home lighting apps allow you to control the lighting in your home like never before. Automated shades and blinds allow you to control the sunlight and the use of natural lighting.

Home Security

When it comes to home security, you can easily install a system that will give you the high tech appearance of a fortress. Home security systems are becoming more reasonably priced each year and the technology to install remote controlled cameras and watch your home from any smart device has made home security easier than ever.

Programmable Thermostats

Home control automation allows more control over our energy use and the cost of heating or cooling your home. These devices work with or without your home automation device to allow you more control over more aspects of your home at once.

Home Audio

Listening to music is simple with Bluetooth audio, wireless speakers or home theatre surround sound. Listen to the music you want when you want. Whole house systems allow you to enjoy music as you move through the house or for when you want to entertain a whole house of guests.

Home Theatre Systems

The idea of turning your home into a cinema or creating the sounds and effects of a real cinema is more popular than ever. Seating has come a long way to capture the atmosphere. Surround sound and smart TV’s are also developing to make your home theatre better than ever. You can enjoy programming or stream movies or the Internet on your big screen TV.

Modern Electric Gadgets

This time of year, more than ever, you may find yourself needing the help of an electrician to wire your house for your new electric gadgets. Dedicated circuits or upgrades can help you enjoy the modern technology. For all your electric repairs or installations, call your electrician at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.

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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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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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Pests Causing Electrical Repairs

electrical repairs Pest can cause you to need electrical repairs in Northern KY because of exposed wiring.  Many rodents like mice, rats and squirrels like to chew through the insulation on your household wiring.  This exposes the wires and can be a fire hazard. It can also cause your electrical appliances and household wiring to need electrical repair.

Noticing Pest Infestation

You may notice rodent droppings in enclosed areas or the attic.  Rats and mice will come into your home through small openings in the floors and doorways.  They are usually after food and in the winter a warm place to nest.  Squirrels are often found in the attic.  If you have noticed a rodent problem, you can bait and trap the animals or call an exterminator to get rid of squirrels. If you are looking for professional exterminators, you could check something like pest control Des Moines for the most effective solution to the problem of pests. If you use poison, you need to be careful with pets and children.  You will also run the risk or having the rodent die inside your house where it will smell offensive.

Checking Your Wiring

You may find that animals have been gnawing on your wires in your home.  If you find chewed wires, you may have a short in your electric.  You can call a professional electrician to help with your Northern KY  electrical repairs like these.  You may also notice your lights flickering or your electric going in and out.  This may be a sign of an electrical short and wiring that has been chewed.

Calling for Dependable Electrical Repair in Northern KY

If you are looking for a company to do electrical repairs in Northern KY, choose a company you can depend on to provide you with excellent customer service and knowledgeable electrical repair.  Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a company servicing the Northern Kentucky area with electrical repair service.  They have master electricians who are qualified and experienced in all types of electrical repair.

If you need service, they are available 24/7 to help with all your electrical repairs and electrical needs.  They are experienced in repairing small problems and larger problems in residential and commercial areas.  For all your electrical repairs in Northern KY, call the electricians you can trust, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Electrical Repairs in Erlanger KY

electrical repairs in Erlanger KY When you have electrical repairs in Erlanger KY, it is a good idea to call a professional electrician.  Rose Brothers & Sons Electric in Florence Ky is a locally owned company in the Northern Kentucky area that has experience in all types of electrical repair.  They are available to help you no matter how big or small the electrical repair is.  Here are some areas of repair they handle.

Lightening Damage

This is the time of year lighting strikes residential homes and businesses causing a rise in calls for electrical repair in Erlanger KY.  Lightening will travel down a wire and find a way out causing breaks in the wiring.  Many times the damage can be found and other times, the wiring is easier to replace.  This is a good reason to call an electrician.

Upgrading Electrical Service

Electricians also get many calls to upgrade electrical service.  Customers many want to add a few dedicated circuits to support new technology or appliances.  Sometimes, appliances are replaced or added without considering the how strong the electrical service is and an upgrade in power is needed.   Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help with any electrical upgrade.  Even adding new outlets if that is needed.

High Electric Bills

When a customer complains that their electric bill is consistently higher than usual, an electrician can look at their receptacles and outlets as well as their wiring and appliances to determine if their electric is running constantly.  Having a constant drain on your power can be costly.

Electrical Repairs in Erlanger KY

When it comes to having work done on your electric system, you know how important it is to have things running smoothly.  You can also imagine how dangerous working with electricity can be.  It’s important to know you are hiring a company that is licensed and insured to work on your electrical system.  Whatever electric problems you may be experiencing, call the company that is dedicated to providing fast, efficient electrical repairs in Erlanger KY.  Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

electric vehicle charging stationElectrical Vehicle Charging Stations (EV Charging stations) are becoming more and more popular as more and more people are buying hybrid cars.  The decision to use a standard 110-v outlet to charge your car or a dedicated 240-v circuit is a decision each electric car owner must make.  It won’t be long however until an electrical vehicle charging station is standard on all new homes.  This has already been written into legislation in some cities.

Charging Your Electric Car At Home

Most hybrid cars come with a standard plug to use at home on your 110-v outlet.  Before you begin charging your car it is a good idea to have a professional electrician inspect your home to make sure charging your electric car won’t overload your existing household circuits.  This is especially true if the circuit where you park your car also supplies lights and other appliances with electricity.  You may need a dedicated circuit breaker or an upgrade to your existing circuit breaker panel to charge your car.

If you have a small battery or don’t drive too much, this charging method will work well.   You can usually charge your car in a small amount of time (anywhere from 20 min to 3 hours).  If however, you have a larger battery or drive a lot, you will find this method takes a long time (up to 25 hours on some models).  You can reduce your time by up to 60% in most cases by purchasing and installing a level 2 Electrical Charging Station or dock.  For example, if your car fully charges in 11 hours on a 110-v circuit, then it will charge in 3 hours on a 240-v circuit.

Installing an Electric Vehicle Charging Station

It is important that you hire a professional electrician to install your EV charging station.  It requires a dedicated 240-v circuit similar to what air conditioners or clothes dryers use.  Your electrician is the most qualified to work on your circuit breaker and provide you with the safest repairs and upgrades available.  In some cases this may involve pulling a permit and following other regulations.

If you have any questions about charging your electric car at home, please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric and we will be happy to help you.

 

 

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4 Signs You Need Electrical Repairs

Electric ShockElectrical repairs are a normal part of house maintenance.  You should be aware of warning signs that indicate you need to call an electrician.   It is all about keeping your family safe and your home and belongings secure.  Here are some common warning signs that indicate you need electrical repairs.

Light Bulbs Burn Out or Flicker

If you are constantly replacing popped light bulbs, you may have a bad main neutral connection.  You should call an electrician before this becomes a bigger problem.  If you ignore this sign, it could progress to your appliances and cause severe damage.

If you notice your lights flickering, you could have a poor connection somewhere.  This can be from one outlet or fixture or it can be more widespread and include the whole house or area of the house.  Your professional electrician will be able to determine the cause and repair any problems.

Outlets Needing Electrical Repairs

Over time electrical outlets will wear.  If you have a dead outlet or switch, you probably have a broken wire.  This needs to be repaired.  It is common at times for an outlet to spark but if you have an outlet that is continually sparking it is best to have it looked at before a fire or injury occurs.

Outlets can become warn.  You should replace an outlet that is loose or not working properly.  Switches can have loose connections as well and need to be replaced when they begin acting up.

If you notice a burning smell at the outlet you need to call your electrician immediately.  If you suspect a fire, call 911.

Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers that are continually blowing fuses or tripping are an indication that you could benefit from some electrical repairs.  Adding another breaker might be the best option.

Shocking Appliances

If you notice that your getting shocked by appliances, it’s a good idea to call your electrician and make sure the appliance is grounded properly and safe to use.

Your professional electrician can inspect your electrical system any time you are concerned there is an electrical problem.  Getting electrical repairs early will prevent them form escalating and will keep your family safe.  If you have any questions about your electrical system, please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today!

 

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AC Units Can Cause Electrical Problems

electrical problemsThis is the time of year an electrician will start getting calls for electrical problems connected to Air Conditioning.  AC Units will start tripping circuit breakers, dimming lights and sometimes causing partial power outages.

Why Your AC Unit Causes Your Electric to Go Haywire

There are a few common reasons why AC Units can cause problems with your existing electrical wiring or cause your circuit breakers to trip.  It could be that your home is underpowered and doesn’t have enough electricity to handle the AC Unit and all it’s other electrical needs.  Another reason is that your AC Unit may be connected to an overloaded circuit.   Faulty breakers or loose connections inside or outside the circuit breaker panel are also common reasons why your AC Unit may be causing problems.

When To Call Your Electrician For Electrical Problems

Anytime you have problems with your electric is a good time to call your electrician. It takes a skilled technician to fix electricity and to follow the rules and codes of electrical wiring.   If you notice problems with your electricity when you turn your AC Unit on, it’s time to call your electrician for some electrical repair.

Your electrician will be able to tell you a few solutions to the problem you’re having and what you can do about it.  Sometimes circuit breakers are obsolete or need to be overhauled.  If your home is underpowered or your circuit breaker is overloaded, your electrician can give you options to fix your electrical problems.

Things You Can Do to Be Energy Efficient

Use ceiling fans to help cool your house.  They will keep the air circulating and keep you cool.  Turn off the lights when you’re not using them or if you can use sunlight.  This will reduce your electric use and help keep your house cooler.

Switch to LED light bulbs instead of incandescent lights.  They are cheaper to run and they run cooler so you’re not putting off heat into the room.

Consider installing a timer on your thermostat so you can regulate the temperature to stay cooler when you’re home or sleeping.   It doesn’t make much sense to cool your house when you’re not there.

Your electrician is a good person to call if you are having electrical issues that need attention.  He can also help you determine if your house needs an electrical overhaul.  Maybe you don’t need many repairs but your electric bill is sky high.  Your electrician can evaluate your home and give you advice on what you can do to lower your bill.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a company you can count on.  If you have any questions or need to schedule electric repairs, please call (859) 746-9440

 

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What to Do With Flickering Lights

Flickering LIghtsShould you notice your lights flickering, you need to determine the cause.  Sometimes it is just as simple as tightening the bulb or replacing the bulb.  Other times, the repair is not that simple and you will need to call your electrician.

Flickering Lights are Clues

Watch the flickering lights.  Do they suddenly dim and then get brighter or do they seem to momentarily brighten and then dim.  Being able to tell your electrician this will help in troubleshooting the problem.  It could be a loose connection at the circuit breaker box or a faulty connection somewhere else.  It could be the wires don’t have proper ground or neutral.  Watching how the lights flicker will help determine the problem.

Load

Many times lights flickering are caused by  circuit overload  in the building.  This often happens when motors are turned on.  Anything from a washing machine to your neighbors septic tank.    Watch to see if  they flicker when other items are turned on causing too much electricity to be drawn at the same time?  This can be a problem, as you don’t want to blow a fuse or overload an appliance.  Surges and spikes in electricity can also cause lights to flicker.

Faulty Dimmer Switch

Another common problem is a faulty dimmer switch at the wall.  These can cause your lights to dim and brighten.  It could be the switch needs to be replaced or the wiring is loose.  Many times these switches are not rated for the correct load being used.  Installing the proper switch can fix this problem and reduce fire safety hazards.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you will all your electric needs including lights flickering.  We are located in Florence Kentucky but we service all of Northern Kentucky.  If you need an electrician, check out our website and see that our service and reputation are backed by license and experience.  Call Us today!

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