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Common Electric Wiring Mistakes

common electric wiring mistakesTo avoid common electric wiring mistakes, you need to have some knowledge about electrical current and electric wiring. There are many areas in your home where you can do repairs yourself but your electric wiring isn’t one of them. To make sure you avoid these common wiring mistakes, make sure you hire a professional electrician for all your residential or commercial electrical needs. Here are some common electric wiring mistakes we see:

Reversing Wires

It is easy to get the wires mixed up in your outlet. Unfortunately your lamps and other appliances will still working even though the wiring is wrong. The result could be fatal and you usually don’t notice a problem until someone gets hurt.  Every wire has a purpose and needs to be correctly used.  If you don’t know which wire does what, you shouldn’t be messing with your electric system.

Not Using The Proper Insulation and Electrical Boxes Correctly

There are right ways to do things and wrong ways. When it comes to electricity, it’s important that you don’t skip steps or skimp on materials. Wire connections should be insulated. All electrical wires should be connected inside a junction box. This prevents short circuits and sparks that could start a fire. Your professional electrician will do all the work according to NEC (National Electrical code) standards to make sure you and your family is safe. They will have all the necessary junction boxes and insulators to make sure your electrical system is safe and not over loaded.

Loose Connections

Your wiring should be done correctly to avoid common electrical wiring mistakes. When the connections are loose or put together poorly so that they become loose, a potential disaster could occur. Wires can arc and overheat causing a fire.

Common Electric Wiring Mistakes

It is important to know what you’re doing when you work with electricity. Hiring a trained electrician to do your repairs and electrical installations will prevent common electrical mistakes that could cause damage or hurt you or someone in your home. The money you save hiring a handyman to do the work isn’t worth the price you’ll pay if they don’t know what they’re doing. For complete residential and commercial electric service repair in Northern Kentucky, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.

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Summer Safety Tips from an Electrician in Covington KY

electrician in Covington KYHere are a few summer tips from your electrician in Covington KY.  This is the time of year when it is important to go over a few electrical tips with your family.  Keeping your family safe from electrical hazards can prevent a tragedy that is all too common this time of year.  Not only are people spending more time working and playing outdoors but with the summer storms, lightning and downed powered lines can also be a threat.  These are the precautions that could save your life.

Lightning

This time of year electrical storms and lightening is a threat.  If you are outside during a storm, stay out of the pool and other bodies of water.  Make sure you seek shelter as soon as you can.  Don’t seek shelter under a tree or other object that may get struck by lightning.  If you have to remain outside, a ditch or car is a better place to seek shelter.

Downed Power Lines

Avoid downed powered lines.  Electricity can travel more than people realize.  Even a trained electrician will avoid an area with a downed power line.  Never attempt to cross a downed line in your car.  Never try to release someone who is trapped by a downed power line.  It is best to call the power company or trained personnel to rescue someone.  If you are in your car and can drive away from a downed power line that is best.  If you are stuck under a downed power line then you should stay in your car until help arrives.  If you can’t, jump as far away from the car as possible and try to land on both feet.  There is no guarantee you won’t feel the shock.  Because electricity can travel in ways we don’t always see, you can get electrocuted across the street form a downed power line just by stepping in a small puddle.  Electricity is dangerous when it is out of control, so be careful.

Electrical Cords and Equipment in Water

Be sure and keep all electrical cords and electrical equipment away from water.  This includes using electrical lawn equipment in wet grass.  Don’t leave tools plugged in outside or near water.  Be careful of plug in radios and other electrical entertainment near water, lakes and pools.

Overhead Power Lines

Power lines overhead can electrocute you if you’re not careful.  You should stay at least 15 ft away from a power line if possible.  Never fly a kite or airplane near a power line.  If you get a kite stuck in a power line, you should call your local electrical company.  Avoid using metallic parts on your kites.

If you are doing yard work or need to go on the roof, be aware of where the power lines are.  Make sure you keep trees trimmed from the power lines.

Underground Power Lines

Before you dig, call your local electric company and have them locate your power lines.  This is usually free and can save you from accidents, repairs and loss of service.  Underground wires can be just as deadly as overhead lines.

Your Electrician in Covington KY Is Here To Help

If you have any electrical problems or questions about your electrical system or electrical safety, please call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.  We are a dependable Northern Kentucky Electrician who is dedicated to providing you with the best electrical service at reasonable rates.  For your convenience, we are also available 24/7 for emergency service.  Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric when you need an electrician in Covington KY and the surrounding area.

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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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