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LED Christmas Lights

Nicole Stevens

led christmas lightsAs soon as Thanksgiving dinner goes down, Christmas lights go up. For many families, it’s become a tradition in their homes, whether it be putting them up or just enjoying them around the neighborhood. As technology advances, it doesn’t skip the holiday décor. LEDs have made their way into Christmas decorating, and it is here to stay. It may be time to upgrade your holiday cheer this year and go full LED for a dazzling light effect!

Whether you plan to go full on Griswold’s or do a little more low-key lighting this holiday season, LED is the way to go. The benefits are staggering and blow old, traditional bulbs out of the water. One of the best benefits of using LED is how eco-friendly it is. Less energy means a better environment, as well all know. So it should be a no-brainer when LED Christmas lights consume only 5 watts of power vs. a whopping 20 watts of power for a traditional strand of lights.

Another big advantage is the shelf life of LED Christmas lights. Mechanically speaking, they were built to last. Unlike traditional Christmas lighting, there is no element inside the lights, causing heat and shorting out. This makes LED sets last ten times longer than any traditional strand lights. It also keeps the home safe, seeing as faulty wiring (i.e., old, traditional Christmas lights) can cause a potential fire inside and outside the home. LED Christmas lights eliminate that risk.

So you’ve got all these advantages and of LED Christmas lights, but what about the main course? How much do LEDs typically cost? Well, a strand of LED Christmas lights is typically a little over double that of a traditional strand of Christmas lights. In mass quantities, this can add up sure, but seeing the amount saved on the power bill during those brightly lit nights easily makes up for the one time cost of the lights themselves.  Not to mention how long they last, so replacements aren’t going to be needed for at least a decade.

Full of LED Christmas lighting is the smart way to brighten up your home for the holidays. Year after year your family can enjoy the festive lights beaming brightly throughout the season with no worries of bulb burnouts, frayed wires, or unwanted Christmas fires.

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Heated Flooring

by Nicole Stevens

heated flooringImagine waking up on a cold winter morning, still comfortable and warm in bed, eventually getting up to  start the day and your feet hit an icy cold floor! It shakes the comfort right out of any morning. Sure, you could wear socks, but even they aren’t immune to the sting of a frosty uncarpeted floor. But there is another alternative that gets rid of that annoying cold floor for good, and that alternative is heated flooring. Heated flooring in itself is pretty self-explanatory, but how exactly does it work? And is never having cold tootsies again worth it? Continue reading and find out!

Heated floors are powered by a radiant heating system. Radiant heating is the same kind of effect an open oven has once heat escapes the confines of the oven. According to energy.gov, “The systems depend largely on radiant heat transfer -- the delivery of heat directly from the hot surface to the people and objects in the room via infrared radiation." The report goes on to say “Despite its name, radiant floor heating depends heavily on convection, the natural circulation of heat within a room as the air warmed by the floor rises." There are also three types of heated floor systems; air-heated, electric, and hydronic. The most popular out of the three being hydronic (which means the liquid is circulating) and is also the most cost-effective where available.

So is all the installing and work worth the  result? Well, the shelf (or in this case, floor) life of heated flooring can last up to 35 years, so it’s a sound investment. It is also a great add-on feature if the home were to ever be up for sale! Having heated flooring sounds like it would tack on more to utility bills every month, but quite contrary. The heat radiating from the floors, generally warming the feet, keeps the body at a comfortable temperature, making it easier on the thermostat in the winter. Sure, you could get a portable heater, but almost all of them have an odd sort of humming sound that is quite annoying if it’s often run  throughout the cold months. A heated flooring system creates no extra noise and lessens the usage of the central air in the home, pushing out allergens that could affect allergy sufferers. Another great benefit is that it doesn’t have to be all over the entire house! With the electrical heating system, mats can be placed under certain areas of the floor to centralize the flow of warmth.

Ultimately, having a heated floor system is a smart and comforting addition to a home in the winter, or anytime there’s a chill in the air. Never start your day on the wrong side of the bed to a cold floor ever again!

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Electrical Upgrades for your home this Holiday Season

holiday lightingWith the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to prepare for the extended use of your oven, furnace, thermostat, holiday lights and decorations. This time of year is the perfect time to have everything looked over carefully, checked and tweaked for optimum performance.

Here are a few ways we suggest you tune up your home’s electrical system for the upcoming holidays:

  • Trees - trees and holiday lighting can get tricky. Check to be sure the new tree growth isn’t threatening the wires around your home. If the wind can blow a branch into your electrical wires, you need to schedule a tree service to have the threatening branches trimmed back to avoid downed power lines and electrical fires.
  • Electrical Panel - look inside your electrical panel carefully for any signs of burns or scorching around the fuses or breakers, which could indicate a loose or sparking wire. If these are noticed, contact an electrical professional immediately.
  • Outlets -  look closely at all outlets in your home (even if they are not often used) to check for tell-tale signs of loose or sparking wires indicated by the presence of burn or scorch marks and if any are discovered, immediately contact your electrician.
  • GFCIs - the easiest way to make sure your GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) are properly working is to carry a small lamp with you to each outlet, plug the lamp in, and press the “test” button on the outlet, making sure the lamp turns on and off each time you press the test button. Use this same test for each outlet to ensure they all work.
  • Make a list - look around your entire house for leaks, breaks, cracks, wear, loose outlet covers, boxes, and receptacles and jot down anything you find may cause an issue to give to your electrician.
  • Schedule an Inspection - using your list, contact the electrical professionals at DUT to plan a thorough and comprehensive inspection of your home’s entire electrical system. Your electrician will be able to address any issues you’ve discovered as well as provide you with information on repairing anything you may have overlooked.

How Electric Cars Are Changing The World

As time goes on, it is increasingly important to preserve our natural resources and keep our planet healthy and continuing to grow. To attain this outcome, it takes a lot of work from a lot of different parts. One part, in particular, has a very big impact in the ultimate condition of where we all live, and that’s everyday auto emissions. Owning an electric car is a big step toward changing the world and here’s why:

  • It drastically reduces your carbon footprint. Now, for one person that doesn’t do much for our planet as a whole but imagine the neighbors now have electric cars, then the taxis, next to public transit buses, and so on! Electric cars produce 0% emissions, which would be ideal for high traffic areas to switch to.
  • No gas motor means no expensive repairs! Oil changes won’t exist anymore, in fact, no fluids will exist in cars anymore period. No leaks, no cracks, no rusting. This also benefits our need for petroleum, drastically cutting it if not eliminating itcompletely.
  • Electric cars are being used more in fleets. The UK government added 140 electric cars to its ministerial range back in 2015 (Wang). And here in America, a company called Zero Motorcycles in Scott Valley, California offers a line of electric motorcycle fleets for police, military, and security (McCall).
  • Police work just got a whole lot stealthier with the use of electric vehicles. It provides the L.E.O. With an advantage of a quiet motor, rather than a loud rev of a Crown Vic or Impala that’s classically used for most police vehicles. With this new quiet motor, it makes certain missions a bit easier for work to get done. This benefits everyone else though, too! Ask anyone who’s ever lived next to a busy highway; noise pollution can be just as frustrating as air pollution. Electric vehicles would leave busy highways peaceful for once.

In a nutshell, electric cars are already changing the world in little leaps and bounds and continue to grow. The energy waste of an electric car is much, much smaller than the gas guzzlers we own today (20% vs. 85%...yikes). The choices in electric cars are also expanding greatly, various models, sizes, colors, battery life; you don’t even have to drive some of them yourself! The choice to get an electric car is a choice to help continue to change the world for the better. 

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Why is my dryer not drying clothes as fast as it use to?

dryer not dryingDespite what most appliance stores would have you believe, if you are experiencing an issue with your dryer running but not heating or drying your clothes, the problem may not be your dryer at all - it's your electricity!

You see, the heating element for your dryer runs off a 30 amp double pole breaker. If one side of your breaker is burned open, that leaves just 110 volts of electricity running through your dryer. That's enough power to make your dryer rotate, but not enough to dry your clothes.  Electric dryers require two legs of 120 volts AC totaling  240 volts. It is not uncommon for just one fuse or breaker to trip resulting in the dryer running but not heating. If this problem occurs with your dryer, it is important to contact an electrician. They will check the fuse box or circuit breaker or measure the voltage at the outlet using a multimeter.

Often, people will spend an exorbitant amount of money on a brand new dryer only to discover they have the same issue with the new dryer. Now you're out a perfectly working dryer, and you've spent additional money. So, before you head over to the appliance store to buy a dryer, you don't need, contact your electrician first!

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