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Would Your Home Benefit from Solar Panels?

If you find your monthly energy bills to be too high, there is an alternative option to reduce them. Solar energy relies on natural light to power your home. There are some considerations to keep in mind before putting solar panels on your roof, as some homes are better suited than others.

To receive the most production of energy in the northern hemisphere, it is best to have a south-facing orientation. This has the most direct sunlight exposure. The ideal to place solar panels is on an area that is within forty degrees of directly south to guarantee optimal generation. You can have panels installed on flat roofs or mounted to the ground, but the system will be tilted to ensure the highest south-facing exposure.
Your home is a good candidate for solar panels if there is minimal shading. If you have tall trees surrounding your house, this will shield the sun from reaching the panels. When living in the city, adjacent taller buildings also produce shade. You may have the option to remove any obstructions if you are certain you want a solar energy system for your home.

The amount of roof space you have will be a factor in how much of a benefit you obtain. Panels can be installed around vent pipes, skylights, and chimneys. However, obstructions will reduce the space for panels. Ample room for the solar technology allows for the greatest return on energy. If your roof features dormers, this will also have an impact.

Solar panels are becoming more popular, and for a good reason. Since 2010, the cost of installation has decreased by more than 70 percent. Relying on solar energy for power can equate to saving over $100 every month. You can also start seeing a return on investment from day one. Solar also offers stable energy expenses, so you do not have to deal with a nearby utility provider that is continuously changing. Solar panels are a great selling point if you ever put your home on the market. Houses equipped with solar panels are sold an average of twenty percent faster. They also have a market value worth about seventeen percent more.

If you are worried about your environmental footprint, making the switch to solar energy will have a positive effect on the ecosystem. The carbon dioxide emissions released by a car travelling 100,000 miles is offset by using solar panels. Your solar equipment will be around for a while, as well. The industry standard promises that after 25 years your solar panels will still be producing at 80% performance. Solar energy is also a step towards reducing dependency on foreign energy. Around 40% of the United States imports are a combination of coal, oil, and natural gas products.

For all your electrical needs, rely on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We are available for all types of electrical problems from residential to commercial to industrial. We are focused on delivering exceptional service to ensure customer satisfaction. We are accessible 24 hours a day in case an emergency situation arises. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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Tips for Saving Money on Your Energy Bills

Monthly energy bills are an unavoidable expense. If your bill is causing your bank account pain, there are some simple methods to increase your energy efficiency and save you money.

If your home requires air conditioning and heating, there are some tricks to ensure you get the most from your money. Make sure all the vents are open and clear. Closing vents to prevent access to certain rooms does not limit energy consumption. This is a myth that will result in increasing your energy expenses. Air filters in your vents need to be replaced on a monthly basis or proper airflow will be restricted. The filters eliminate the unnecessary particles, like dust and dirt, from circulating in your home. You can purchase filters in bulk which will work out to one to two dollars for each. Measure your vents to ensure you get the correct size.

Altering your laundry routine can help save you money. When your washer is running, 90% of the energy the machine consumes is used for heating the water. Washing your clothes in cold water has multiple benefits. On top of reducing your energy costs, the colors will not bleed as much. This can allow you to mix light and dark loads with no worries of dyeing your clothes. Make sure you are not adding too many articles of clothing in your load of laundry. If there is no room for movement in the dryer, the heat will not be able to properly dry all items. You may have to do another cycle in the dryer, which is an unnecessary energy expense. To use the machines at the most effective rate, there should 25% of unfilled space in the washer and dryer. Some power companies offer lower rates during non-peak hours. Most commonly the discount begins at eight PM, so this is when you should start doing your laundry to save money. If doing your chores at this hour is possible, your wallet will surely benefit from the switch. The time will vary by utility company, so be sure to contact your energy provider.

Turning off lights when you leave rooms is an easy way to cut down on energy waste. Lighting accounts for 20% of your energy bill, so it would be valuable to switch out your lightbulbs for a more energy efficient option, like LED lightbulbs. The cost to light 10 incandescent bulbs for an hour every day is $24 a year. However, you only have to pay $5 annually to power 10 LED lightbulbs for an hour each day. These savings are possible because LEDs are 80% more efficient than incandescent bulbs.

These are small changes that can improve the energy efficiency of your home. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are a locally-owned and operated business. We are focused on saving our clients time and money by finding the root of the problem and solving it quickly and efficiently. Other electricians can be fixated on fixing the issue at the surface but not the actual cause. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Cincinnati and Northern KY.

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Thinking of Switching to LED Bulbs? We Can Help!

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While lighting and light bulbs are usually low on your to do list, they rank very high on the list for great design techniques. Since every room in your home needs lighting to function properly, you should only want the highest quality light bulbs. There is a wide variety of different light bulbs out there, including compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), incandescent light bulbs, Halogen light bulbs, and the ever-popular light emitting diode light bulbs (LED). Have you ever wondered how LED light bulbs became so popular? People that wanted to move away from generic bulbs did their research and found out that they are all around better for their home. They found that LED bulbs could also save them money, and good news travels fast! Our trusted electricians at Rose Brothers & Son’s Inc Electric and Construction , located in Walton, KY, know all the ins and outs about anything dealing with electricity, and it would be our pleasure to pass on our knowledge to you!

You work hard for the things you have, so why not make them work for you? When you choose non-LED bulbs, rather than saving money on your electric bill, they can actually cause it to be higher. Plus, you have to replace them fairly often. Along with LED lights being environmentally friendly, they are also pocket friendly. The upfront cost of LED bulbs may be a little more, but the long-term savings are definitely worth a few extra bucks now.

Do you have random lights in your home that are different colors? That does not means that you have one room that is vibrant green and another room purple, but different hues of yellow. The difference in colors can be distracting to the eye, especially if it’s happening in one room where one side of your room is a warm yellow and the other side is a more of a lighter yellow. With LED lights, you can choose to have a specific light color. That way, you can have the mood set for your room without having to use dimmers. A cooler blue light is one of the more popular choices.

You don’t only have to place LED lights inside of your home. You can and should also place them in highly used areas outside of your home. If you are like most people, you probably forget to turn your front porch and garage light off when you leave for work in the morning. Wouldn’t you feel better knowing that you are still saving 85% more energy when you use LED light bulbs? Start spending less time buying and changing incandescent light bulbs and start saving time and money with LED light bulbs.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you with all of your electrical needs, from knowledge about changing your light bulbs all the way up to rewiring your entire house. With over 45 years of experience, you can be confident that our family-owned company will get the job done right the first time. We proudly serve Northern KY, and Cincinnati.

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How to Tell If Your Electrical Meter Is Faulty

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If your electrical bill is higher than normal and doesn’t seem quite right, a faulty electrical meter could be the culprit. Rose Brother’s & Sons of Northern Kentucky can help you determine if this is the real issue and guide you through getting the problem fixed.

Check Your Meter

If you have noticed unusual energy bills, one way to test to see if you have a faulty electrical meter is to check it every day. Note the reading on your meter for 7 days straight to see if your daily consumption is consistent. If this does not give you the results you wanted, turn off and unplug everything in your home and see if there is any type of output on the meter. If you are on a time-of-use tariff, you should be able to check the clock on your meter and look for electrical rate changes. Make sure the schedule is consistent and seems normal compared to the time of day you are checking. An energy monitor is another great way to discover if your meter is acting up. Monitors allow you to view your energy use in real time making it much easier to find a discrepancy.

Professional Testing

If you can’t find a problem by yourself, call a professional for a meter testing to make sure everything is as it should be. Contact your electricity company and talk to them about what you are concerned about. Electricity suppliers are required to test your faulty meter on-site and perform a basic check. If their findings are inconclusive or not as you expect, you can have the meter tested at a private facility of your choosing. A private test will cost you money out of pocket and will only be refunded if there is a conclusive report that your meter is faulty. Your electric company may charge you for the cost of installing and removing a temporary meter and you should ask how much this will cost before you have a private test performed. If your meter does not have a problem, this will not be refunded.

What to Do After

If your private testing facility discovers that there have been faulty readings, your electrical company will replace your meter and refund you the money you have lost. If you have been overcharged every month, your supplier is required to refund you the money during the period in which your meter was faulty. If your test determines that you are being undercharged, which is also likely, your supplier should not charge you for more than 12 months of charges.

If you suspect a problem with your meter and are ready to have a professional test, contact Rose Brothers & Sons today. Serving all of Greater Cincinnati, Southern Indiana & Northern Kentucky, including: FlorenceFt. MitchellVilla 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, Glenco, and Williamstown, our experienced team can help you discover what is wrong and put your mind at ease. With an A+ rating from the BBB and over 45 years of combined experience, Rose Brothers & Sons is the best choice you can make.

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Tips For Spring Energy Savings

tips for spring energy savingsTips for Spring Energy Savings go hand in hand with normal spring-cleaning. By taking a few extra minutes to think about energy efficiency and what small changes you can do to increase your energy savings, you’ll be ready for spring in no time. Here are a few home maintenance tips to get you started.

Ceiling Fans

Today I started my spring-cleaning with my ceiling fans. Not my favorite job I have to admit.   One of the first things I do each spring is make sure my fans are working properly. This includes changing the direction of the airflow so that warm air is drawn up. This helps cool the room and ensures constant air flow. Having dust free fans not only helps with air quality but also helps your fans work better and last longer.

HVAC Units

Make sure you have your HVAC unit serviced if you haven’t done so. Some things you can do yourself like changing filters. This does not replace the need for a routine maintenance to ensure your air conditioner is ready for the new season. Clean around the outdoor units as well to remove debris and leaves leftover from fall.

Windows and Doors

Now is a great time to make sure your windows and doors have no leaks. Keep the track around your sliding glass door clean to prevent leaks in the seal of the window. Consider purchasing new window treatments or drapes to help keep the cool air inside this spring and summer. This can save you a lot on your heating and cooling bill.

Exhaust Fans

With the warmer weather comes the need for more showers. Make sure you have a good working fan in your bathroom and use it the recommended amount of time. Adding a timer to the fan will ensure you and your guest leave it running for 15 min. after each shower. Attic ventilation is equally important if not more so. An attic ventilation system will draw cool air up through the house. This can replace running the air conditioner during mild weather and runs at a fraction of the cost. Attic ventilation can also lower your heating bill in the winter.

Refrigerators and Appliances

As part of your spring home maintenance, clean the coils around your refrigerator and remove pet hair and dust from appliances. Air should be able to circulate freely around condenser coils. This will help your electric appliances to work more efficiently and lower your electric bill while helping ensure your appliance lasts the full life expectancy. Refrigerators use over 10% of your household energy. That’s quite a lot when you think about it. Make sure your refrigerator is in good working condition and has a good seal to lock in the cold. Whenever you purchase a new appliance or air conditioner make sure it is energy efficient and has the energy star seal.  Look for frayed chords and small appliances that need repaired or replaced and go ahead and make the switch.

Tips For Spring Energy Savings

If you have questions about our tips for spring energy savings or you would like a home energy audit to determine areas where you can save money, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We do electrical maintenance and repairs if you need them.  We also do electrical upgrades and installations.

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How To Save On Your Utilities This Winter

how to save on utilities this winterWe’d like to show you how to save on your Utilities this winter. If you haven’t already had an energy assessment, now may be a good time to call your electrician in Northern Kentucky to see how efficient your home is. You might be surprised to learn there are many ways to cut utility costs this fall. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Open all south facing window coverings to allow the sun to warm your house naturally in the daytime.
  • Cover drafty windows with tight fitting plastic. Select energy efficient window treatments the next time you replace your blinds or shades. Consider installing storm windows, which can save you 25% to 50% on heat loss through your windows.
  • Set your thermostat to the lowest setting you can tolerate during the day. Wear warm clothing to stay warm. At night lower the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees more for savings of up to 10%.
  • Seal Leaks around windows and doors using weather stripping or caulk. Find and seal leaks around pipes, gaps around the chimney and fireplace, gaps around recessed lights, and leaks in the unfinished spaces in cupboards and closets.

Fall Maintenance Prepares Your Home For Winter

Fall maintenance is a preventative way to prepare your home for winter and avoid winter time home repairs.  Your HVAC technician will make sure your heating system is clean and well lubricated: filters and vents that need changed or cleaned will be taken care of. Now is a good time to inspect the furnace, chimney, ducts and pipes for leaks, cracks or needed repairs. Insulate pipes, sweep the chimney, and cover your AC unit to get ready for colder weather.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector.  If you don’t have a quality smoke or carbon monoxide detector system, we can help with installation.

The Truth About Fireplaces

If you leave your chimney flue open all the time, you are losing heated air. It’s like having a window open in your home. Close the chimney flue after you’ve had a fire. Traditional fireplaces are not too effective when it comes to heating your house. Unless you have a newer fireplace insert you could be taking warm air from your room and simply sending it up the chimney. A better option to keep some of the heat in is to open a window near by about 1 inch. Close the doors to the room and turn your heat thermostat down to 50 or 55 degrees. This allows more of the heat to come into the room. Traditional fireplaces have been banned from new construction in some places because of the air pollution they cause.  You can save on your utilities by using your fireplace properly, adding a new insert or closing the flue between uses.  For more information visit the Energy.gov website about fireplaces and fireplace inserts.

A Simple Step To Save Electricity

One of the easiest ways you can save on electricity is by turning appliances off when you’re not using them. It is estimated over 3.5 billion dollars are wasted because most people leave computers and other appliances plugged in when they’re not in use. Using a power strip is the easiest way to save electricity from being used this way. Simply turn the power strip off when you’re not using the computer or appliance. This one simple step can save on your electric bill.

Replace Older Appliances

It is no coincidence that older houses and appliances use more energy. If you are wondering how to save on your Utilities this winter, consider upgrading your electricity or replacing older appliances with newer more energy efficient products. You’ll see savings right away.

How To Save On Your Utilities This Winter

If you are concerned about how to save on your Utilities this winter, contact Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and ask about ways you can ensure your electrical system is working properly and not wasting energy. A programmable thermostat may be an option that will help you keep your heating temperature under control. We would love to help you find ways to lower your heating costs and electric utilities. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today!

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