Mr. Electric - Energy Savings http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/15 en An Introduction to the Different Types of Electrical Outlets http://www.33pulse.com/blog/an-introduction-to-the-different-types-of-electrical-outlets <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>An Introduction to the Different Types of Electrical Outlets</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicelectricaloutlets.jpg?itok=dp5Bq0Zv" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3000" height="1500" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicelectricaloutlets.jpg?itok=dp5Bq0Zv" width="3000" height="1500" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Mary Scroggins</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 12:00am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>There are 75 electrical outlets in the average home, of various sizes, shapes, and functionalities. Are the ones gracing your walls the right ones for the job? Here we’ll take a closer look at some of the most common types in your home, including what they have to offer, as well as new home outlet contenders designed to make your space more user-friendly. ? ?</p> <h3><strong>What Are the Most Common American Electrical Outlet Types?</strong></h3> <p><strong>Old &amp; Outdated: 2-Prong Outlets </strong><br /> Common in older homes, this 15 amp, 125 volt, 2-wired outlet is used for ungrounded circuits only, and is rapidly becoming obsolete due to safety and code requirements.</p> <ul><li><strong>Old Faithful: 3 Prong, 15 amp, 125 Volt Outlets</strong><br /> One of the most easily recognized and common outlets found in homes, this outlet features two long, upper slots, with a bottom, upside-down u-shaped slot for grounding, helping to prevent electrical shock should any wiring comes loose. ??</li> <li><strong>Marvelous Multi-Tasker: Switch/Outlet Combos</strong><br /> This winning combination outlet provides two features in a single device. Great for kids rooms and night lights, it can also allow you the ability to transform a receptacle, adding an additional switch or outlet to an existing box - without the need for any added wiring. ?</li> <li><strong>Shockingly Safe: GFCI Outlets</strong><br /> GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets are required in areas with close proximity to water, such as bathrooms, the laundry, wet areas of the kitchen, crawlspaces, basements and the outdoors. They prevent electrical current from leaking, monitoring flow, and cutting off power to equipment if current leaks or spikes to a hazardous level. They can be easily identified by the 2 small buttons in the center – a “TEST” button, and a “RESET” button, each of which is in a different color.</li> <li><strong>Large &amp; In-Charge: 20 Amp, 125 Volt Outlets</strong><br /> Used with high current devices as specified by electrical code, such as large kitchen appliances, these outlets are similar in appearance to standard, 15 amp outlets, but with a slightly different look: On these outlets, there is a horizontal slot connected to the top left vertical slot of the outlet. ?</li> <li><strong>The Hobbyist’s Friend: 20 Amp, 250 Volt Outlets</strong><br /> With a design not typical of standard outlets, the unique shape of these outlets is made specifically for air compressors or hobby shop equipment</li> </ul><h3><strong>Newer Types of Electrical Outlets</strong></h3> <p>In addition to the above commonly-used outlet types, there are an array of amazing new outlets. Inexpensive and quickly installed, they offer functionality many of today’s standard outlets do not.</p> <ul><li><strong>USB Outlets</strong><br /> Family fighting over outlets due to mobile-device charging overload? USB outlets offer a functional, simple solution.</li> <li><strong>Recessed Outlets</strong><br /> Add extra space to your home, and banish large gaps between walls and furniture with recessed outlet options.</li> <li><strong>Tamper Resistant Receptacles</strong><br /> A must-have for every home, these specialized outlets are now required by code in newly-built homes, and feature a barrier to prevent children from inserting small objects into them.</li> <li><strong>Built-In LED Night Light Outlets</strong><br /> Keep tiny and fragile night light components away from little fingers with this convenient, safe, nighttime lighting option.</li> </ul><p>Interested in learning more about specialty electrical outlets to better improve the function of your home? Get a closer look at outlet options on our blog, or contact Mr. Electric? today.</p> <p>?</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/an-introduction-to-the-different-types-of-electrical-outlets" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0000 Mary Scroggins 6610 at http://www.33pulse.com Summer is the Most Stressful Time for Your Electrical System http://www.33pulse.com/blog/summer-stress-electrical-system <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Summer is the Most Stressful Time for Your Electrical System</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicstressfreesummer.jpg?itok=twy2beBw" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="1529" height="748" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicstressfreesummer.jpg?itok=twy2beBw" width="1529" height="748" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 9:19am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The weather is heating up, and with it, so is the load on your electrical system. Don’t let the stress pile up. Protect your electrical system – and your wallet – from the stresses of summer with the help of these simple tips.</p> <h2>Take a Load Off</h2> <p>Is your electrical system bearing the burden of your poor appliances choices? Don’t become a victim of “operator error” by overlooking these seasonal adjustments to appliance use:</p> <h3>Don’t Blow It</h3> <p>Heating and cooling comprises about 30-50 percent of your electric bill, making it one of the biggest stressors on your electrical system. However there are many ways to reduce that stress, including…</p> <ul><li>Keeping your air filter clean.</li> <li>Scheduling a professional cleaning and tune-up once a year.</li> <li>Clearing your outdoor system and indoor vents of debris and blockages.</li> <li>Addressing ductwork leaks.</li> <li>Setting your system on 85 degrees when you’re not home, or…</li> <li>Installing a programmable thermostat.</li> </ul><h3>Keep Your Cool</h3> <p>Your refrigerator is among the largest consumers of energy in your home. Keep a lid on energy consumption by…</p> <ul><li>Ensuring seals are clean and tight.</li> <li>Verifying proper operating temperate: 37°-40°F in the refrigerator and 0°-5°F in the freezer.</li> </ul><h3>Keep Things From Boiling Over</h3> <p>The water heating is typically the third largest energy expense in your home. The hotter the temperature of the water, and the more it is used, the harder your electrical system is forced to keep up with the heating demands. Summer is hot enough! Cool your use by…</p> <ul><li>Setting water heater temperature to 120 degrees.</li> <li>Properly insulating your tank.</li> <li>Taking a shower instead of a bath.</li> <li>Turning hot water – and your heater – off when you don’t need it.</li> </ul><h3>Go Au-Natural</h3> <p>Hanging clothes on the line rather than running the dryer, the second largest energy-consuming appliance in your home, can keep your home and energy bills from becoming too hot to handle.</p> <h3>Fire up the Grill</h3> <p>Using your stovetop or oven in summer’s heat can really put a strain on your air conditioner and electrical system. Save some dough and maintain comfort by firing up your grill instead.</p> <h2>Reduce Appliance Stress</h2> <p>Today’s homes use a multitude of gadgets and appliances that can cause a considerable amount of stress to your electrical system. Give your system the TLC it deserves:</p> <h3>Flip the Switch</h3> <p>Turning off items that are not in use rather than letting them run such as lights, laptop and mobile devices, TVs, radios, and more can take a lot of pressure off your electrical system. How much? Lighting in the average home accounts for 12 percent, and electronic devices another 10-15 percent. Whew!</p> <h3>Go Unplugged</h3> <p>Vampire power can really drain you, sucking up five percent of your power bill or more – all for nothing. Among the biggest offenders putting a strain on your electrical system (even when they’re turned off): TVs, computers, microwaves, cell phone chargers… anything with a power adaptor, indicator light, standby function, or clock. Unplug these items or plug them into a power strip, flipping them off when they’re not in use.</p> <h2>Contain Yourself</h2> <p>Your electrical system can suffer stress from issues outside of your home as well. Are you closing your eyes to these electrical stressors from your home’s great outdoors?</p> <h3><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/light-dimmers-timers">Stay Out of the Spotlight</a></h3> <p>Outdoor lighting fixtures are heavily used and a great place to take a load off. Updating to more modern technology for outdoor lighting such as motion sensors, timers, and photocells for sensing daylight, in addition to CFL and LED bulb technology, can not only save a pretty penny in energy wasted on unnecessary illumination, but boost security as well.</p> <h3>Reinforce Your Protective Shell</h3> <p>Is the outdoors infringing on your indoors? Your home’s thermal envelope – the outer walls, windows, doors, floors, ceiling – may need support in the form of adequate insulation and air sealing to keep your home comfortable and help you avoid the stress of unnecessarily high energy bills. Ease the hardship on your wires and your wallet by putting this on the top of your priority list.</p> <p>Electrical system all stressed out? <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Contact Mr. Electric</a> today!</p> <div class="row"> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Other Related Blog Posts</h3> <div class="col-md-4"><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/blog/5-ways-to-be-kind-to-your-budget-tips-on-energy-savings"><picture data-picture-mapping="full-0" data-picture-group="full-0" class="img-responsive"><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-5waysbudget-blog.jpg?itok=PIRQOId1 1x" media="(min-width: 1200px)"></source><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-md/public/mre-5waysbudget-blog.jpg?itok=_NE18kfa 1x" media="(min-width: 992px) and (max-width: 1199px)"></source><source 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http://www.33pulse.com/blog/fall-pathway-lighting <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Save Energy with Beautiful Fall Pathway Lighting</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-light-the-way-this-fall-with-energy-efficient-outdoor-lighting.jpg?itok=n1xRm8uj" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-light-the-way-this-fall-with-energy-efficient-outdoor-lighting.jpg?itok=n1xRm8uj" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Kimberly Denman</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 12:06pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/landscape-lighting">Pathway?lighting</a> is one of the most dramatic ways you can improve your garden. 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Look for Energy Star-labeled versions of your favorite styles including:</p> <ul><li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Wall-mounted lanterns and sconces:</strong> Flank your front entry or garage doors with wall lighting and increase your home’s curb appeal. Place one strategic light above the address mounted on the front of your house so guests can locate your address in the dark.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Ceiling fixtures:</strong> Install these in porch overhangs for permanent lighting at your front or back entry.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Hanging pendant lights:</strong> These usually go on the porch to enhance curb appeal.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Spotlights, floodlights and well lights:</strong> Showcase your trees, fountains, architectural columns and other features at night. Spotlights illuminate one spot brightly, floodlights have a more diffused beam, and well lights are buried in the ground and shine directly upward to brighten a tree’s foliage.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Post lanterns:</strong> Make a dramatic statement with tall post lanterns at the end of a walkway close to the street. You can also use posts to illuminate your pool, patio or backyard area for entertaining purposes.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Pathway</strong> <strong>lanterns: </strong>Light up walkways and garden beds with lanterns set close to the ground.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Step lights:</strong> These are typically installed on the rise of a step, shining downward to make the step easy to see without creating glare.</li> </ul><h3><strong>Energy Efficient Features</strong></h3> <p>To enjoy great beauty and other benefits of outdoor lights without paying much more on your energy bill, look for outdoor fixtures with these features:</p> <ul><li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Automatic daylight shutoff:</strong> Light sensing controls automatically turn off the fixtures at dawn. This way, you save energy without having to set your alarm early to manually turn of the lights when the sun comes up.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Timers:</strong> The next best thing to an automatic shutoff is a timer. Set it so the lights are only on when it’s dark out.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Motion sensors:</strong> If you intend to install some lights purely for security purposes, motion sensors are a great option. Most of the time they remain off, adding nothing to your electricity bill. If someone approaches your back door or driveway (or wherever else you choose to install the motion sensor light), the fixture comes to life and illuminates the intruder.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>LED bulbs:</strong> LED lights are praised for their low energy consumption, impressive durability and high performance in cold environments. You can use these bulbs in exposed fixtures without fearing problems with rain and snow.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Dimming capabilities:</strong> This allows you to place outdoor lighting above a seating area at the precise brightness you need. When relaxing with a glass of wine, dim the lights for a more private, romantic setting. When you have friends over for a game of cards, brighten the lights so everyone can see well.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Solar-powered lighting:</strong> These lights contribute nothing to your electric bills because they draw energy from the sun all day, giving them enough stored power to stay illuminated all night.</li> </ul><p>For help brightening up your yard with energy efficient outdoor lighting, please contact <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Mr. Electric?</a>.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/fall-pathway-lighting" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:06:36 +0000 Kimberly Denman 6210 at http://www.33pulse.com Ask the Experts: Attic Ventilators http://www.33pulse.com/blog/ask-the-experts-attic-ventilators <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Ask the Experts: Attic Ventilators</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/spark-conversation-series-do-i-need-an-attic-fan-rev.jpg?itok=kSlN8nMh" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/spark-conversation-series-do-i-need-an-attic-fan-rev.jpg?itok=kSlN8nMh" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Mary Beth Farrell</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, July 27, 2015 - 5:45pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Even though the summer brings high temperatures, don’t let it bring high electric bills with it as well. Did you know that you could find huge savings on your electric bill in your attic? With functioning attic ventilators, savings can be yours. Let the experts at Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup> help you understand what method will be of greatest benefit to you.</p> <p>Brad Richards with Mr. Electric of Tucson offers his expert opinion on attic ventilators and will explain how to save money on your electric bill in the summertime.</p> <hr /><p><strong>Mr. Electric:</strong> What exactly does an attic ventilator do?</p> <p><strong>Brad Richards: </strong>An attic ventilator fan is essential in the summer because it evacuates the hot air that accumulates during the day from the attic and draws air in from the outside. Think of it as a means of cycling the trapped air out with fresh air from the outside. It ensures that the temperature of the air in the attic is closer to the air temperature outside. With stagnant air, the sunlight on the roof heats the air inside the attic greatly. It is best to evacuate that hot air in the summertime so that you can save money on your cooling. If you’re air conditioning unit (A/C) is running and you don’t have a functioning attic ventilator, your attic is acting like a radiant heater while you’re A/C is trying to cool the room at the same time. Essentially, they are working against each other and costing you more money.</p> <hr /><p><strong>Mr. Electric:</strong> What are the different types of attic ventilators?</p> <p><strong>Brad Richards:</strong> There are two types. One of them is a roof-top unit that draws air directly out through the roof and pushes outside air into the attic to regulate the temperature. The other type is a 120-watt gable fan system. This system consists of one fan that blows air into the attic and another fan that blows air outside, creating airflow that is constant to reduce the temperature in the attic. The gables are triangular in shape and are located on opposite ends from each other on the sides of the attic.</p> <p>With both types of ventilation systems, there is a solar option. The system that we recommend most often is the roof-top solar fan. Hot air rises and the fan tends to pull the air up and out of the attic, while both gable openings are open for the fresh air to come in. This is the most efficient and best money saver because when the sun comes up, the solar cells power the fan and the fan speeds up the more the sun becomes more direct. Then, when the sun goes down, it naturally turns itself off because there’s no more direct sunlight on the attic.</p> <hr /><p><strong>Mr. Electric:</strong> What are the benefits of a homeowner installing an attic ventilator?</p> <p><strong>Brad Richards:</strong> The number-one benefit of having an attic ventilator in the summer is you are able to keep your home cooler for less money. Solar-powered fans offer an even higher return on investment because you aren’t paying for electricity to run the fan. Using natural sunlight to cool your attic is a great way for homeowners to save money in the process.</p> <hr /><p><strong>Mr. Electric:</strong> Do you have any additional tips or recommendations?</p> <p><strong>Brad Richards: </strong>Regardless of whether you choose roof-top vents, gable fans, or solar powered fans, any home in the summer would benefit from attic ventilation. In other words, if you have an attic, there is a benefit to having ventilation.</p> <p>For more information about attic ventilators and how they can benefit you, your home and your wallet, check out <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/blog/what-is-an-attic-ventilator" target="_blank">this article</a>?from the experts at Mr. Electric.?</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/ask-the-experts-attic-ventilators" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:45:44 +0000 Mary Beth Farrell 6171 at http://www.33pulse.com Energy Saving Tips for Summer http://www.33pulse.com/blog/energy-saving-tips-for-summer <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Energy Saving Tips for Summer</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/freelance-blog-energy-saving-tips-for-summer.jpg?itok=Me8Xndaw" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/freelance-blog-energy-saving-tips-for-summer.jpg?itok=Me8Xndaw" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Mary Beth Farrell</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:43am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Summer is here and temperatures are spiking – is your energy bill? Cool things down with these energy saving tips…</p> <h2>Put a freeze on your cooling bill:</h2> <ul><li><strong>Give your HVAC some TLC.</strong><br /> Change your filter regularly and schedule annual professional maintenance to ensure efficient operation and extend the life of your system.</li> <li><strong>Put a plug in it.</strong><br /> Address leaks and gaps in ductwork and leaks in your home structure.</li> <li><strong>Get with the program.</strong><br /> Looking for effortless energy saving tips? Keep your home warmer in the summer while you are away, but still return to a cool, comfortable home with the help of a programmable thermostat. Set it at 78 degrees Fahrenheit (or warmer) for optimum savings, raising the temperature when you leave.</li> <li><strong>Stop pressing that button.</strong><br /> Much like the button for an elevator, cranking the thermostat down will not cool your home any faster but instead wastes energy dollars.</li> <li><strong>Put a spin on it.</strong><br /> Using ceiling fans in occupied rooms can help you raise thermostat temperatures by 4 degrees Fahrenheit without a reduction in comfort, giving your air conditioner a break. Turn off fans when you leave or install sensors to ensure savings.</li> <li><strong>Have it made in the shade.</strong><br /> Some energy saving tips won't cost you any money - like pulling window treatments to block the sun’s rays during the hottest times of the day to prevent your air conditioner – and you - from feeling the heat.</li> </ul><h2>Keep your home out of hot water:</h2> <ul><li><strong>Vent your problems.</strong><br /> Properly using natural ventilation – opening windows and doors in the morning and evening when it is cool, then closing them before temperatures rise – can really take a load off your cooling needs. Not enough? Mechanical ventilation (WHAT IS AN ATTIC VENTILATOR ARTICLE LINK) can lend a hand as well.</li> <li><strong>Take a cold shower.</strong><br /> Cooler, shorter showers save energy and reduce uncomfortable humidity levels in your home. To ensure savings, turn down your water heater to the warm setting – 120 degrees Fahrenheit.<a name="_GoBack" id="_GoBack"></a></li> <li><strong>Get out of the kitchen…</strong><br /> At least during the hottest times of the day. Cook in the morning instead, when temperatures are cooler, or opt for microwaves or outdoor grilling for food prep.</li> <li><strong>Fill yourself up.</strong><br /> Don’t run dishwashers, clothes washers, or dryers until they are fill, preferably at night to reduce heat and humidity released into your home. Opt for air-drying as often as possible.</li> <li><strong>Get a bright idea…</strong><br /> Like ditching those ancient?incandescent?light bulbs, which give off 90 percent of their energy as heat. Instead opt for cooler, more efficient alternatives like?CFLs?or?LEDs.</li> <li><strong>Treat that spring fever.</strong><br /> Looking for energy saving tips that give you an excuse to have fun? Spend less time indoors -?swimming, hiking, and gardening your way to energy savings!</li> </ul><p>Summer energy bills have you feeling a little wilted? Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup> has the energy saving tips you need to perk up your life. Contact us to schedule an energy audit today!</p> <p>?</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/energy-saving-tips-for-summer" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:43:30 +0000 Mary Beth Farrell 6170 at http://www.33pulse.com The Relationship Between Weather and Energy Usage http://www.33pulse.com/blog/the-relationship-between-weather-and-energy-usage <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>The Relationship Between Weather and Energy Usage</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-freelance-blog-the-relationship-between-energy-usage-and-weather.jpg?itok=BCfx19C2" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-freelance-blog-the-relationship-between-energy-usage-and-weather.jpg?itok=BCfx19C2" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Mary Beth Farrell</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 8:26am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The relationship between weather and energy usage is a never-ending cycle. Spikes and drops in temperature and humidity lead?to spikes and drops in energy use (and costs), which in turn correspond with spikes and drops in greenhouse gas emissions, further affecting climate. What does this relationship mean when it comes to your energy usage?</p> <h2>Running at Maximum Capacity</h2> <p>Temperatures above 100 and below 40 stress your heating and cooling system, pushing it to capacity, reducing efficiency, and draining energy supplies, along with your wallet. Quite simply, this amounts to less bang for your buck in terms of comfort. Add to temperature?issues, wind, cloud cover, and precipitation and the snowball effect continues, further impacting comfort levels, not to mention your ability to illuminate interior spaces. Compound the issues – and the population affected – and you’ve got grid strain to boot.</p> <h2>The Worst Offenders</h2> <h3>Heat</h3> <ul><li><strong>The problem:?</strong>Spikes in the mercury lead to peaks in electricity use as cooling demands rise with temperature. So much so those demands can account for up to 50 percent of your bill.</li> <li><strong>The solution:</strong>?Save energy by switching your AC’s fan setting to “auto” and your thermostat to 78 F and 82+ when you leave your home for any length of time. Or, make life easier by upgrading to a programmable thermostat. In addition, boost efficiency by cleaning or replacing the air filter monthly.</li> </ul><h3>Cold</h3> <ul><li><strong>The problem(s):?</strong>Portable heaters and strip heaters are among the highest sources of electricity demand during periods of extreme cold, straining your wallet and the electrical grid. Wind, ice and snow can also worsen grid problems, breaking lines. Heating oil and natural gas prices also peak during this time as well, due to increased demand.</li> <li><strong>The solution:?</strong>Building an airtight, properly insulated structure and dressing appropriately to start with, and using portable heaters wisely. Heat only occupied rooms with a portable heater in combination with lowering your thermostat temperature to avoid heating unoccupied spaces. ??</li> </ul><h3>Humidity</h3> <ul><li><strong>The problem:</strong>?Moisture in the air makes you feel warmer, causing you to lower the thermostat in an effort to stay comfortable. This causes your air conditioner to run longer and increases energy usage.</li> <li><strong>The solution:</strong>?Ceiling fans can help you feel cooler with far less energy usage than your air conditioner. They can also help maintain winter comfort as well.</li> </ul><h2>What does this mean for the environment and climate?</h2> <p>That depends on the source of energy. In the US, 83 percent of energy usage comes from fossil fuels, which release gases such as CO2 into the environment during the creation of energy. Unfortunately, these gases trap heat in the atmosphere. Atmospheric greenhouse gases have increased 30 percent since the pre-Industrial Revolution era alone, and the level continues to rise with energy demand. As levels increase, so does the effect on the environment. Thousands of scientists agree the trapped gases are currently affecting the climate, and will increasingly weigh on it as time goes on. This has resulted in an increase in interest in cleaner forms of energy, including nuclear, solar, wind, and geothermal.</p> <h2>The Ugly Stats</h2> <ul><li>2009 estimates indicate the US?consumed 94.6 quadrillion (946,000,000,000,000,000) British Thermal Units (BTUs) of energy.</li> <li>One quadrillion BTUs is referred to as a quad. One quad equals about 300 billion-kilowatt hours of power.</li> <li>Residential and commercial building sectors combined account for 40 quad of this use, and have the greatest climate and weather related fluctuations in energy use.</li> <li>Of the 25 quads of raw energy used to generate electricity, 16 of them are completely lost in energy conversion and transfer.</li> <li>Weather related energy usage is also impacted by sector: <ul><li><strong>Residential:</strong>?58 percent of energy is used for heating and cooling. A 1.6 F increase in average winter temperature decreases space heating needs 6-10 percent. A 1.6 F drop in the summer decreases cooling needs 5-20 percent.</li> <li><strong>Commercial:</strong>?40 percent of energy is used for heating and cooling, with similar savings to residential energy usage with temperature changes – 7.4-9 percent and 9.4-15 percent,?respectively.</li> <li><strong>Industrial:</strong>?In industrial settings, there is a weak relationship between temperature and energy usage, though some sectors may be affected.</li> <li><strong>Transportation:</strong>?Running the air conditioner reduces fuel efficiency 12 percent. Additionally, temperature changes effect the energy required to keep foods cool – an extra 26-32 million barrels of diesel per year.</li> <li><strong>Agriculture:</strong>?Warmer temperatures affect evaporation rates and irrigation needs, with a significant fraction – 9 percent – of electricity load used for irrigation in some areas. Livestock may also require the use of electricity for heating and cooling. ??</li> </ul></li> </ul><h2>What can I do to reduce my energy usage?</h2> <ul><li>Install a programmable thermostat.</li> <li>Have your HVAC system professionally maintained annually.</li> <li>Change your air filter every 3 months.</li> <li>Seal air leaks around windows, doors, ducts, chimneys, outlets, and cables.</li> <li>Consider upgrading windows.</li> <li>Install adequate insulation.</li> </ul><p>Watts up with your energy usage? Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup> can help you find ways to save. Contact us today.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/the-relationship-between-weather-and-energy-usage" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:26:07 +0000 Mary Beth Farrell 6162 at http://www.33pulse.com Common Electrical Problems in Your House http://www.33pulse.com/blog/common-electrical-problems <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Common Electrical Problems in Your House</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-common-electrical-problems-in-your-home.jpg?itok=7-reukdJ" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-common-electrical-problems-in-your-home.jpg?itok=7-reukdJ" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 2:30pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Have you been disregarding these common electrical problems around your home? You may be able to fix it yourself!</p> <h3><strong>Common Electrical Problems in Your House: Harmless or Hazardous?</strong></h3> <h4><strong>Harmless</strong></h4> <p style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Loose Outlet Plug</strong><br /><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Turn off the breaker. Double check for voltage to the outlet (use a volt meter or plug something in). Unscrew the cover plate and add outlet shims until the outlet is flush with the wall.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Broken Light Switch</strong><br /><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Turn off the circuit breaker (the light will go out when you choose the right one). Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the faceplate and a Phillips head to remove the light switch. Test the two wires connected to the screw for electricity. If it’s safe, disconnect and reassemble the light switch.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Simple Short Circuit</strong><br /> Some electrical appliances, such as hairdryers, can frequently trip or short circuits. Reset the breaker. Repeated occurrences with the same appliance indicate it’s the appliance – not the electrical system. Without the appliance? A short in the wiring or receptacle needs to be addressed by a pro.</p> <p style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Cut or Damaged Extension Cord</strong><br /> Unplug both ends. Cut off the old plug. Gently score and peel back the insulation jacket. Strip each wire with a wire stripper, twisting each wire tightly at the end. Screw them into the back of the plug: black to gold; white to the silver screw; green to the green screw. Then close the plug and secure the wires. Cut in the middle? Purchase extra ends and turn the damaged cord into two new ones.</p> <h4><strong>Hazardous</strong></h4> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>Flickering or Dimming Lights</strong><br /><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">This could be a sign of a poor connection and can lead to eventual arcing – loose/corroded connections making intermittent contact that could result in sparking, overheating, and fire.</span></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>Light Bulbs Burn Out Frequently</strong><br /><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">If you’re experience frequent bulb blowouts, it could be more serious than overuse. You may have a loose connection in the socket or circuit. Recessed lights that frequently fail? Nearby insulation could be causing overheating and these fixtures are designed to shut off to prevent fire.</span></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>Dead Outlets</strong><br /><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Dead outlets can result from a tripped poor connection (and possible arcing), or a tripped breaker due to excessive heat buildup resulting in melted wires or outlets.</span></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>Warm Outlets or Switches</strong><br /><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Unless it is a dimming switch, warm outlets are as a serious safety concern and should be addressed by a pro immediately.</span></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>Frequently Tripping Breakers</strong><br /><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Usually a sign the circuit is overloaded and using too much electricity. You should add a circuit or consider upgrading your electrical service.</span></p> <h3><strong>Electrical problems have you in over your head?</strong></h3> <p>Don’t be a DIY daredevil. Dealing with electrical is not like dealing with dry wall - electrical problems can bite! And while drywall can be cheaply and easily replaced, you cannot. If you don’t have the tools or expertise necessary to tackle these common electrical problems, Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup> can help. Don’t ignore potential dangers. <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Contact <em>Mr. Electric</em></a> for help today.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/common-electrical-problems" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Thu, 14 May 2015 19:30:09 +0000 Super User 5874 at http://www.33pulse.com Light Up Your Yard for Summer Entertainment http://www.33pulse.com/blog/light-up-your-yard-for-summer-entertainment <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Light Up Your Yard for Summer Entertainment</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-lightupyouryardsummer-blog.jpg?itok=WVUXyv96" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="1440" height="704" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-lightupyouryardsummer-blog.jpg?itok=WVUXyv96" width="1440" height="704" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 1:52pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Looking to jazz up your yard for this season’s summer festivities? A little outdoor lighting can go a long way! From fancy patios to tree-lined country yards, the right outdoor lighting can help you meet an array of needs, including illumination that makes tasks easier, sets the mood, and keeps your family and guests safe.</p> <h3>Porch and Patio Lighting</h3> <h4>Wall-Mounted Lights</h4> <p>Cooking and entertaining festivities held outside after dark need lighting that is convenient and safe. Practical and economical, wall mounted lights can meet an array of needs, providing focused task lighting for…</p> <ul><li>Safely illuminating entryways.</li> <li>Cooking and work areas.</li> <li>Dining areas.</li> <li>Small decks.</li> <li>And more…</li> </ul><h4>Carriage Lanterns</h4> <p>Carriage lanterns can help define patio and walkway edges, lighting the path to doors and entryways and illuminating obstacles such as stairs and garden beds.</p> <h4>Parameter Lights</h4> <p>Parameter lights offer form and function, adding a decorative element, but more importantly, when properly placed at key points in your yard, add guidance to entry and exit points on your property.</p> <h4>Mixed Lighting</h4> <p>Mixed lighting can create a truly magical effect throughout your property. Professional installation can save you time and money, conveniently planning and tapping into preexisting electrical lines.</p> <ul><li style="list-style-type: none;"> <h5>Uplights</h5> </li> <li style="list-style-type: none;">Uplights in planting beds spotlight larger trees and shrubs from underneath.</li> <li style="list-style-type: none;"> <h5>Downlights</h5> </li> <li style="list-style-type: none;">Downlights conveniently spotlight stairs and seating areas.</li> <li style="list-style-type: none;"> <h5>Stair Lights and Strip Lights</h5> </li> <li style="list-style-type: none;">Lighting with stair lights and strip lights for railings greatly improves safety.</li> <li style="list-style-type: none;"> <h5>Floor Lamps</h5> </li> <li style="list-style-type: none;">Floor lamps easily illuminate seating and workspaces.</li> </ul><h4><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/lighting-controls">Dimmers help lights do double duty</a>.</h4> <p>To easily control brightness levels according to time or mood, you may wish to consider adding dimmers to newly installed or existing outdoor lighting.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/landscape-lighting">Decorative and Ambiance Lighting</a></h3> <h4>LED Illuminated Planting Pots</h4> <p>Make plants and landscaping pop with LED illuminated planting pots. Far from the average run-of-the-mill flower pot, these amazing lights not only make plants pop, but radiate high level outdoor light, making them an excellent choice for walkways.</p> <h4>String Lights</h4> <p>Not just for holiday lighting anymore, string lights can add sparkle and mood to any outdoor setting, such as trees, pergolas, arbors, posts, and furniture. They are also very effective when used to line railings, guiding guests along walkways.</p> <h4>Hanging Tree Lamps</h4> <p>From classic outdoor camping lanterns to fun craft finds, suspending lanterns from trees with fishing line can bring romance and magic to outdoor entertaining spaces. Battery operated or real tea lights make illumination a breeze, just be sure to keep candles a safe distance from leaves.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/ballast-bulb-replacement">Energy Saving Lighting Options</a></h3> <h4>LED</h4> <p>When choosing fixtures and bulbs for outdoor lighting options, consider energy saving LED options, which use up to 85 percent less energy than incandescents and up to 50 percent less energy than fluorescents. Hate changing outdoor bulbs? LEDs last more than 10 years on average - that's 25 times longer than incandescents and 2-5 times longer than fluorescents.</p> <h4>Solar</h4> <p>Solar lighting options are also an excellent choice, converting and storing the sun’s energy and coming in a variety of types and uses, including wall-mounted, lamppost, security lights, and lanterns. Be sure to check “nightly run times” on product labeling to ensure you have enough sunlight for operating solar lights in your area. Feeling crafty? Make a few <a href="https://www.bubbyandbean.com/2011/08/diy-tutorial-pretty-decoupaged-mason.html" rel="nofollow">solar decorative lights</a> of your own.</p> <h3>Ensure Outdoor Lighting is Safe</h3> <p>Adding outdoor lighting to your property can be fun if it’s done properly and safely. Some installations may require running underground electrical cables, additional wiring within the walls of your home, the installation of fixtures, proper <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/gfci-outlets">GFCI outlets</a>, and more. Ensure all outdoor home electrical work is installed properly and safely by a licensed professional, using UL listed, weatherproof, safety compatible materials and devices.</p> <p>Transform your space and take full advantage of your time outdoors. <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Contact Mr. Electric? </a> and brighten up your yard with the latest in outdoor lighting today.</p> <div class="row"> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Other Related Blog Topics</h3> <div class="col-md-4"><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/blog/summer-stress-electrical-system"><picture data-picture-mapping="full-0" data-picture-group="full-0" class="img-responsive"><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-stressfreesummer-blog.jpg?itok=O4Gulevl 1x" media="(min-width: 1200px)"></source><source 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field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/light-up-your-yard-for-summer-entertainment" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 06 May 2015 18:52:02 +0000 Brad Roop 5868 at http://www.33pulse.com 6 Types Of Electrical Outlet Upgrades http://www.33pulse.com/blog/6-types-of-electrical-outlet-upgrades <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>6 Types Of Electrical Outlet Upgrades</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-typesofoutletupgrades.jpg?itok=U9Krpp2p" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-typesofoutletupgrades.jpg?itok=U9Krpp2p" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 2:26pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="row"> <div class="message col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5" data-align="left"><a href="http://www.www.33pulse.com/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg" target="_blank"><picture data-picture-mapping="full-0" data-picture-group="full-0" class="img-responsive"><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg?itok=bejGi8Fy 1x" media="(min-width: 1200px)"></source><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-md/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg?itok=Sz3mirRl 1x" media="(min-width: 992px) and (max-width: 1199px)"></source><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-sm/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg?itok=aOXGrysq 1x" media="(min-width: 768px) and (max-width: 991px)"></source><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-xs/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg?itok=E_rQagnO 1x" media="(max-width: 767px)"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><!--[if lt IE 9]> <img data-picture-mapping="full-0" data-picture-group="full-0" class="img-responsive lazyload" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg?itok=bejGi8Fy" alt="6 Types of Electrical Outlet Upgrades" title="" /> <![endif]--><!--[if !lt IE 9]><!--><img data-picture-mapping="full-0" data-picture-group="full-0" class="img-responsive lazyload" srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-typesoutletsinfographic_0.jpg?itok=bejGi8Fy 1140w" alt="6 Types of Electrical Outlet Upgrades" title="" /><!-- <![endif]--></picture></a></div> <p>Is your home in need of some electrical outlet upgrades? Mr. Electric has the inside scoop with the 6 most common types of upgrades. Take a look below or you can click on our infographic at <span style="color: red;">left</span> to learn more!</p> <h3>LED Night Lights</h3> <p>LED night lights give you longer light with more available plugs. Leaving you available outlets, LED outlets also save you money with a 20-year life expectancy. Your children can sleep with more ease at night with their LED night-lights while you are keeping more money in your pocket.</p> <h3>USB Outlets</h3> <p>USB outlets are becoming the standard for homes. Instead of dealing with bulky chargers and adapters, you can plug your electronics directly into the outlet. While charging your mobile devices, you also have access to outlets for other uses. It's convenience for less than you might think.</p> <h3>Recessed Outlets</h3> <p>Unlike standard outlets that leave plugs dangling from the receptacle, recessed outlets are set deeper into the wall, preventing plugs form extending beyond the surface.</p> <h3>AFCI (Arc-Fault Circuit Interruptors)</h3> <p>When something unexpected happens causing wiring to overheat, an AFCI is necessary to detect the occurrence and shut down the outlet before damage can occur. These outlets can be easily incorporated into your main service panel and are a must have for protection from any sudden overheating.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/specialty-outlets">TRR (Tamper Resistant Receptacles)</a></h3> <p>Tamper resistant receptacles are a must have for every home. These specialized outlets feature a barrier to prevent small children form inserting any foreign objects in them. This allows you to rest easy knowing there is no risks of any injuries caused by electrical shock or burns.</p> <h3>GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters)</h3> <p>This type of outlet upgrade helps to protect you and your family form potential electrical hazards. A GFCI constantly monitors electricity flowing in a circuit and if an interruption is detected, quickly shuts off power to that circuit. Easy and inexpensive installation makes this upgrade a no-brainer for your home.</p> <p>Still have questions? No problem! Contact <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Mr. Electric</a> today to learn more about these and other upgrades you can make to your home!</p> </div> </div> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/6-types-of-electrical-outlet-upgrades" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:26:35 +0000 Brad Roop 5701 at http://www.33pulse.com Important Things to Consider If Your Business Needs Ballast or Bulb Replacement http://www.33pulse.com/blog/important-things-to-consider-if-your-business-needs-ballast-or-bulb-replacement <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Important Things to Consider If Your Business Needs Ballast or Bulb Replacement</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-important-things-to-consider-if-your-business-needs-ballast-or-bulb-replacement.jpg?itok=FgpibRYX" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="734" height="359" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-important-things-to-consider-if-your-business-needs-ballast-or-bulb-replacement.jpg?itok=FgpibRYX" width="734" height="359" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 9:43am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>If the lights in your business are on their way out, making a change to your ballasts or bulbs may offer you tremendous opportunity. There’s a lot to consider when selecting the right ballast and bulb combination, however, and the decision you make today will affect your business for years to come.</p> <h2>There’s more to choosing lighting than replacing that faulty ballast.</h2> <p>The right lighting can result in substantial savings on your monthly energy costs, of which lighting accounts for nearly 35 percent. The right lighting can also reduce maintenance needs, improve productivity, and reduce your carbon footprint.</p> <h2>Watts up?</h2> <p>Watts measure the amount of energy required to light a bulb. Today, however, bulbs are measured in lumens, or the amount of visible light produced. Why? It all boils down to efficiency. Opting for ballast and bulb combinations that are more efficient than yesterday’s incandescents offer a superior return on investment.</p> <h3>Halogen</h3> <ul><li>Twice as efficient as incandescents. ?</li> <li>Commonly used for outdoor applications such as stadium and security lighting.</li> </ul><h3>Fluorescent</h3> <ul><li>Use 1/5 to 1/3 as much electricity as incandescents.</li> <li>Last 10 times longer.</li> <li>The most commonly used form of commercial lighting.</li> <li>Opting for a newer, electronic ballast provides more efficient, flicker-free operation than magnetic predecessors.</li> <li>Today’s T8 systems far surpass yesterday’s T12 systems in efficiency.</li> <li>T5 systems may offer a suitable replacement for HID/Metal halides.</li> </ul><h3>CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light)</h3> <ul><li>Miniature version of fluorescents.</li> <li>Quick and easy energy saving replacement for incandescents in standard light sockets.</li> </ul><h3>HID/Metal Halide</h3> <ul><li>3-5 times more efficient than incandescents.</li> <li>Lasts 20 times longer.</li> <li>Produce large quantities of very bright light for warehouse and industrial applications.</li> <li>Purchasing/installing specially designed reduced wattage metal halide lamps may provide sufficient lighting while reducing energy consumption.</li> </ul><h3>LED (Light Emitting Diodes)</h3> <ul><li>Use 75 percent less energy than incandescents.</li> <li>Lasts 35-50 times longer.</li> <li>Multi-functional.</li> </ul><h2>Going beyond the bulb…</h2> <p>There’s more to upgrading your lighting than simple bulb and ballast replacement, however. According to the SBA (Small Business Association), technology plus effective design equals performance and energy savings. Screwing in more efficient bulbs are a great start, but not enough if you want the whole package. Ballast selection and lighting design are essential to getting the most bang for your lighting buck. For this, you’ll need the help of a Mr. Electric? lighting professional to coordinate:</p> <h3>Ballast or fixture selection</h3> <p>Finding the most efficient technology to meet your application needs and/or style.</p> <h3>Ballast and fixture placement</h3> <p>Including taking into consideration ceiling height, spacing, glare, light distribution, and task plane height.</p> <h3>Overall appearance and brightness</h3> <p>Including taking into account room finishes - paint colors and types that will improve lighting quality.</p> <h3>And more…</h3> <p>From safety considerations to integration with other building systems</p> <h2><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/electrical-services">Looking for a little more control and savings? You may want…</a></h2> <ul><li>Dimmers</li> <li>Occupancy sensors</li> <li>Vacancy sensors</li> <li>Bi-level switches</li> <li>Daylight sensors</li> <li>Intelligent lighting control systems</li> </ul><p>No matter what type of lighting your business utilizes, from LED indoor lighting solutions to landscaping and security lights, <em>Mr. Electric</em> has your covered. <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Contact Mr. Electric</a> and discover the many ways new lighting can brighten up your business today.</p> <div class="row"> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Other Related Blog Topics</h3> <div class="col-md-3"><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/blog/all-about-led-bulbs"><picture data-picture-mapping="full-0" data-picture-align="" data-picture-group="full-0" class="img-responsive"><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-ledbulbs-blog.jpg?itok=sTckU3Wa 1x" 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