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Why Use Programmable Thermostats?

Happy Halloween to all of our customers! Programmable thermostats have become hugely popular this Fall and Winter and the reason is that they provide some very substantial energy saving benefits, improved comfort, convenience and cost – $$$ effective savings. These thermostats save energy and money on utility bills by allowing residents to set home temperatures…

Controlling your Fall & Winter Energy Bills

Now that winter is around the corner and the temperature is already dropping, the heating bills will start to increase. Here are a few ways you can keep down your expenses this season. Lower the thermostat at night – Wrap yourself up in bed and turn down the thermostat by 10 degrees. If you are…

Outdoor Electrical Safety Check

In one of our recent blog articles, we discussed Indoor Electrical Safety and the areas of your home you should be aware of in order to prevent a fire or potential injury. In this article, we will be going over Outdoor Electrical Safety – safety measures that are just as important if not more important…

What Is Radiant Floor Heating and What Are The Advantages Of It?

What is Radiant Floor Heating and what are the advantages of it?? We get asked that often. Radiant floor heating is the best heating system a house can have and one that you don’t realize it is there! Just imagine: no radiators clanking in the night and no vents whooshing like a jet preparing for…

Indoor Electrical Safety Check

Electricity is among one of the many things we have come to take for granted over the years. It is important to recognize that many of our every day activities could potentially be dangerous and may result in a fire or injury. It is recommended to have your home inspected by a professional on a…

Extension Cord Safety

If you are like most families, you probably have an extension cord – if not multiples – around your house. But did you know that these are among the most dangerous electrical appliances in your home? If not used properly or cared for appropriately, an extension cord could be the cause of fatal injuries, electrocutions,…

Electrical Safety Precautions During a Disaster

Electricity can be a lethal weapon that can threaten a person’s life or cause major injuries to yourself, others or your property. We would like to take the time to discuss some of the precautions to be taken after or during a power outage, flood or other life-threatening disaster. Downed Power Lines carry large currents…

Track Lighting Advice

The beauty of Track lighting is that it is timeless and versatile. A track light layout can be expanded or reconfigured as needed. In a very simple and inexpensive way you also move the light heads around, add more and change types or direction. Since track lighting is directional light it performs best as task…

All About Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)

Since 1980, the GFCI building code requirements have expanded. Previously only used on construction sites, GFCI’s are now required in many different rooms of your home, especially those with moisture – washrooms, kitchens, pool areas, etc.

Electrical Hazards in Older Homes

Approximately 200 electrical fires occur in B.C. each year with a large portion of these fires found in older homes. As sad as it is, it’s understandable. Homes built before 1970 didn’t have the types of technology we have today – not only to build a more sound electrical system but to sustain the types of products we now use on a daily basis (coffee machines, hairdryers, computers, the list goes on). If you live in an older home or are looking at buying one, be aware of these electrical hazards.

  • Wiring older than 30 years old
  • Under 100 amps of power
  • Not equipped with AFCI’s

Wiring – New cables and methods of wiring have been introduced since the building of your old home. These new cables provided ground protection, higher rated insulation temperatures and are suitable for recessed lighting. This eliminates the need for knobs and tubes, which proved to be a fire hazard overtime.  If your wiring is older than 30 years, it is recommended to have an electrician review the safety of your wiring. If caught early, you may be able to simply modify your wiring rather than rewire your entire home.

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