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How LED Lights Can Benefit the Bottom Line of Yuma’s Businesses

Most businesses in Yuma look at ways to save on energy costs such as a new HVAC system, especially during the summer months.  A more economical way of cutting on energy costs is by changing out your lighting system throughout your business.  Lights can be a direct cause of high energy bills and can also be a reason your air-conditioning unit runs more than usual.  Here are some benefits for changing the lighting in your Yuma business. 

D&H Electric can help save Yuma businesses some serious cash with LED lights.

Incentives and Tax Deductions

Many utility companies offer incentives for businesses willing to switch to energy saving lighting.  The federal government can also offer tax deductions to qualified lighting projects for commercial enterprises.  Not only will this pay dividends on your electric costs, but you can also receive tax breaks for the project as a whole.  

Saves on HVAC Cost

Traditional lighting emits a large quantity of excess heat.  These lights such as incandescent bulbs are better at producing extra heat than light. This excess heat works your air-conditioning unit more than is necessary and in the summer months this can be costly.  Before thinking of changing out your air-conditioning unit you might want to replace your lighting to LED which is more energy efficient. 

Saves on Energy Consumption

The Department of Energy predicts LED lighting used in regular application could reduce energy consumption by nearly 50 percent.  This would have a huge impact on energy costs.  D&H Electric does anything from lighting retrofits to changing out your entire lighting system in order to reduce your energy use.     

Saves on Maintenance Cost

Switching to more energy efficient lights such as LED will cut down on lighting maintenance.  The life span of LED’s can have up to 50,000 hours which means you will not have any replacement costs for potentially up to 15 years.  There is also a quick turn of investment on LED lighting which will allow you to justify spending money on such projects over a new HVAC system. 

 Simple ways to save on energy costs:

  1. Lights:  Turn off lights when they are not in use. Timers and sensors can help insure lights will not stay on all night.  Reminding employees to turn off lights when leaving work will also help.   
  2. Office Equipment: Newer office equipment have low-powered sleep modes. Users are usually not aware they have to enable this feature on most pieces of equipment.  Utilizing the sleep mode will save your business on energy over an annual period. 
  3. Common-Area Lighting:  Try putting daytime lights on a dimmer in order to reduce demand on energy.  If your business has natural light try to offset the lighting based on the time of day. 

If you have any questions about the lighting for your work space give D&H Electric a call at (928) 726-5671 and let our expert electricians give you a hand! 

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5 Electrical Safety Warnings You Should Never Ignore

Yuma’s Best Electrical (D&H Electric) wants to stop an issue before it leads to this!

Electrical issues are something you should not overlook in your Yuma home or business. Regular inspections and repairs by a good electrician will help prevent dangerous situations.  Not all electrical needs are dire, but using caution when you do not know the problem is a better option than risking major damage or a potential fire.  Here are 5 electrical safety warnings you should never ignore. 

  1. Circuit Breaker Issues – The circuit breakers in your electrical panel are designed to protect your home from potential power surges.  If one or more of the circuit panel won’t reset or keeps tripping, then it’s an indication something is not right.  To test this you can plug an appliance in a different circuit and if it keeps tripping you should call an electrician for an inspection.      
  2.  Flickering LightsFixing a flickering light can be as simple as having a loose or malfunctioning light bulb.  If your lights are flickering it usually means there is a short circuit in the system.  If you notice lights flickering throughout the house you may have short circuits in walls which can cause fires so do not waste time in calling an electrician.   
  3. Electrical Shock – These shocks usually come as a jolting unpleasant surprise when you plug a wire into a socket or touching appliances.  If you feel a shock every time you do so, the appliance may have a ground fault or improper electrical wiring.  If left unchecked this serious electrical condition could cause major damage. 
  4. Burning Odor, Sparks – The scent of a burning odor can easily be identified and if so you should turn off the electrical panel’s power.  The burning is a good indication your wiring is damaged or you may have a loose connection.  Sparks, if occurring frequently may also indicate a problem with the circuit or outlet.  Both situations warrant an immediate call to an electrician.   
  5. Defective Electrical Outlets – Many fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets.  Common faults may be due to loosened wiring or internally cracked device.  Any loose plug in your receptacles may pose a serious problem to everyone in your home.  Having an electrician inspect your home will insure repairs will be done if needed.   

If you are having any electrical issues with your home or business give D&H Electric a call at 928-726-5671. Thanks, Yuma!

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5 things to Look for when Searching for an Electrical Contractor

Selecting a Yuma electrical contractor for your business can be stressful.  There are many other professions people search for such as doctors, dentists and or mechanics to make sure they are the right fit for individual needs.  Choosing an electrical contractor should be no different.  Here are 5 simple tips to think about when choosing an electrical contractor for your business

  1. Verify Licensing and Insurance – This is the most important thing when choosing the right electrical contractor. If asked the contractor will provide you with the appropriate license and insurance documentation.  Electrical contractors must have these documents in case of any accidents and injuries that may occur at your business.  Without these, your business can be liable for any mishaps.
  2. Check References – Ask friends, family or other business owners of electrical contractors in the area. Networking is a great way to see if others were pleased with the finished product of specific contractors.  Electrical contractors should also be able to provide you with references upon request so you can check on past jobs similar to yours.
  3. Check Credentials and Training – Experience of electrical contractors and the training of their employees is very important. There is an array of expertise in the electrical field so you want to know you have well trained personnel working on your home or business.
  4. Get Estimates – Once you think you have a quality licensed contractor, ask for an estimate. This will give you an idea of how much your project will cost before going through with the plans. Getting estimates from more than one contractor will help you avoid any red flags on pricing.
  5. Define What You Need – When it comes to commercial projects, you want to make sure your contractor can handle the job and do it in a timely manner. Not all contractors have the materials or man power to do major projects.  It is best to choose a company with a lot of experience in commercial buildings to ensure the best results.

Questions you can ask before selecting an electrical contractor:

  1. Do you hold current state licenses? – We cannot assume all contractors have a proper state license. Hiring an electrician who’s not licensed or insured can cost your business a lot of money if something goes wrong during the repairs or renovations.
  2. Are your workers local? – Working with local electricians allows you to have instant access to the crew working on your business. Hiring local ensures the contractor knows the skill sets of all the electricians working on your project.
  3. How experienced are you? – Knowing that a contractor has been in business awhile can give you confidence they provide a great service. You might also want to ask how their employees are trained.

D&H Electric has many years of experience providing home and commercial electrical services.  We pride ourselves on quality work and paying attention to the fine details.  If you need any work done to your home or business give us a call 928-726-5671.  Thanks, Yuma!

 

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Tips to Light Your Yuma Office or Workspace

When it comes to your work space, lighting goes beyond the visibility factor.  The quality of your lighting in the workspace can have a dramatic effect on your productivity, your comfort and potentially your happiness at work.  The electricians at D&H Electric can help you choose appropriate lighting and fixtures to help optimize your work space environment.  Here are some tips to consider when lighting your office space.

Natural Light

The first thing to take into account when it comes to visibility is the amount of natural light that is already provided.  If your office has windows move the furniture near or under the window so you can take advantage of the natural light.  Natural light is easier on the eyes and sunlight can improve the overall mood of the workplace.

Overhead Lighting

Overhead lighting may not be the best source of light in an office setting.  This lighting can sometimes be to dim and the location of the lights can be ineffective.  It is recommended to have other sources of light to pair with the overhead lights.  Unique fixtures on the ceilings could be a great way to spruce up the work space.

Task Lighting

If your office lacks natural and overhead lighting, adding task lighting can benefit the employee work areas. Task lights are usually lamps you can plug in behind computers and work stations.  You might want to consider an LED strip or other styles of LED lights made to mimic the look of natural light.

Ambient and Corrective Light

Staring at a computer for eight hours can cause serious eye strain if not properly lit.  Ambient light can help soften light that can come from overhead and or track lighting.  LED lamps are a great way to set a positive mood as well as help light up your workspace.  You can even select different colors to fit your needs.

Common mistakes when lighting an office:

  1. Selecting lights without planning: Before choosing any office lighting, always have an idea of where you want the lights placed and what you want the lights to do.
  2. Improper Installation: Doing installation on your own could cause you more money in the long run. Using certified electricians will guarantee effective instillation.
  3. Choosing the wrong type of lighting: The lights in your office should be bright but not too bright.  You do not want to create an uncomfortable feeling in the office.
  4. Using the wrong fixtures: Choosing fixtures that are not effective can shorten the lifespan of your office lighting, thus costing you more money.

If you have any questions about the lighting for your Yuma office give D&H Electric a call at (928) 726-5671 and let our expert electricians give you a hand!

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Electricians in Yuma: D&H Electric Serves the Community

The Best Electricians in Yuma

D&H Electric Crew!

Earlier this year, we were deeply humbled to be chosen by the Yuma community as the best electricians in Yuma. We won Yuma’s Best Electrical Services in 2016 and 2017, and we think that is because of our commitment to the Yuma community and our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

D&H Electric has been serving Yuma and the Yuma area since 1976, our nation’s bicentennial year. Much has changed since that time – both Yuma and Yuma County has more than doubled in size. Regulations, technology, and practice have changed considerably. However, D&H Electric has been a mainstay and it’s because we believe in and love this community. Our customers are our fellow Yumans. We aren’t based out of Phoenix and/or a satellite office to some other, bigger market. Small businesses are the bedrock of this community, and we’ve partnered with many other small businesses and organizations to help make Yuma better.  We are excited about our future as well – we can’t wait to see what the future holds for our families and community.

We are proud of the reviews we receive from our customers.  Check out our Google Reviews and Facebook Recommendations. The reviews show our commitment to the community and the knowledge and skill of our electricians. If you have had work done by us, we would love a review or a recommendation. You can also leave reviews for us on our Better Business Bureau and HomeAdvisor profiles. We humbly thank you for your comments in advance. As a small business, we depend on your recommendations and reviews (yes, even those done the old-fashioned way!). We know there are other electricians in Yuma, and we appreciate your support!

We hope that you will consider voting for us again for Yuma’s Best Electrical Services 2018. Thank you, Yuma, and please consider D&H Electric for all your residential, commercial, and industrial needs.

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6 Simple Tips to Help Save Energy During the Thanksgiving Season

6 Simple Tips to Help Save Energy During the Thanksgiving Season

The holiday season can be filled with love and laughter when it comes to family gatherings.  Thanksgiving spares little to no expense when it comes to the holiday menu.  Hosting such a feast can be expensive so it is important to save money where you can.  Here are 6 simple tips to help save energy during the Thanksgiving season.

Lower The Thermostat – Using the oven during meal preparation will produce heat and keep the house warm, which allows you to lower the thermostat a few degrees. The extra bodies in your home will also produce enough heat for your guests to feel comfortable with the lowered temperature.

Simultaneous Cooking – Try as best you can to cook side dishes with the turkey.  Cooking dishes together will reduce the amount of time the oven is running.  If you need to cook specific dishes separately, try to cook continuously to avoid having to pre-heat your oven more than once.

Limit Food Checks – Opening the oven to check on the food allows for heat to escape.  The more you open the oven the longer it will take for your food to cook.  Try to use the oven light when checking on your food’s progress.

Use Your MicrowaveMicrowave ovens consume less than half the energy of conventional ovens, and they cook for a much shorter period of time.  Another alternative to your oven is using a slow cooker which also saves on energy.

Use The Dishwasher – The dishwasher will save on energy and water.  Try to load the dish washer as much as possible in order to conserve energy.  You can also save on water by scraping food off the plates instead of pre-rinsing.

Allow Foods To Cool – By letting the leftovers cool before refrigerating decreases the demand on your refrigerator.  The cooling period should not hurt the taste of the food when you go looking for leftovers!

D & H Electric wishes you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.  If you need an electrical inspection before you embark on your cooking journey give us a call at 928-726-5671.

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5 Tips When Hanging Holiday Lights

Tis the season and that means it’s time for holiday lighting! Whether you like to decorate for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas (or all holidays!) there is always décor to liven your home.  Some of our most cherished moments come from hanging lights during the holidays.  Here are 5 tips to consider when hanging your holiday lights.

  1. Access Power Safely – One thing to always remember is the safest power source is the outlet next to your light display. If you need to use an extension cord be sure it’s made for outdoor use. You might even want to consider an outdoor power stake that can bring power right where you need your lighting to start.
  2. Avoid HeatTry to avoid hanging lights around your electronics. Items such as televisions and home theaters can cause enough heat to damage the cords from your holiday lights.  You also want to keep indoor lights from touching curtains and furniture.
  3. Use Heavy Duty Extension Cords – Heavy duty extension cords are usually thick and made for outdoor use. A safe tip is to make sure you do not plug more than 3 sets of lights per cord. You also want to make sure your extension cords are neatly tucked away so they do not become tripping hazards.
  4. Don’t Overload a Circuit – If you plan on using a Clark Griswold amount of lights make sure to spread the light strands across multiple circuits to avoid overload. For outdoor lights and inflatable decorations you want to plug into ground-fault circuit interrupters when possible. You will know if your outlet is a GFCI if it has a “test” and “reset” button on the front.
  5. Inspect Lights – Double check your lights for frayed wires or cracks and replace the damaged strands. If you have damaged bulbs replace those as well.  Hanging lights that are not lit look bad and waste energy.

D&H Electric would be more than happy to inspect and or install any outlets you may want before the holiday season.  Give us a call at 928-726-5671.

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4 Reasons Yuma will Benefit from LED Streetlights

source: YumaSun.com

The City of Yuma is planning on retrofitting approximately 7,000 street lights with LED lighting.  The city’s tentative schedule is to have all lights replaced by the end of December. LED lighting has many positives.  Here are 4 reasons LED lights will benefit Yuma:

  1. Cost Effective – LED lighting can save anywhere from 40% -60% saving in energy consumption. The city of Yuma anticipates up to a 50% energy savings on streetlights once all street lights have been changed.  LED lighting degrades very slowly over time which will also cut down on maintenance costs. This is a great thing for the taxpayers of Yuma!
  2. Road Visibility – LED lighting tends to provide a more evenly distributed light. This allows for more light between each street lamp.  The improved visibility will help see oncoming traffic and hopefully help prevent accidents.
  3. Pedestrian Safety – More effective lighting will help us see walkers, runners and bikers at night. Given the Yuma heat many people exercise at night to avoid the hottest times of the day. The more visible the sidewalks the more reaction time drivers have if pedestrians come close to the road.  More light also acts as a deterrent for crime.
  4. Environmentally Friendly – LED lights do not contain hazardous chemicals like most traditional street lighting does. Most fluorescent lighting and high intensity discharge lighting contain mercury.  When the longer lasting LED lights do need to be replaced, there will not be harmful chemicals to dispose of.

D&H Electric has been using LED lighting to improve homes and business throughout the Yuma area.  If you want to know more about how specific lights can improve visibility, safety, curb appeal, and save you money give us a call at 928-726-5671.

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Electrical Safety Tips for Kids

At D&H Electric, we want to remind you that electrical safety isn’t just for adults but for kids too! In the United States, over 4,000 children are treated in the emergency room due to electrical shock, and over 100 kids die from electrocution every year. While many of these occur due to tampering with outlets or electrical cords, accidents can also occur when students play near faulty electric equipment.

We are parents and Yuma community members that would like to keep our children safe. To that end, we have put together a list of safety tips for your kids to follow. Check them out:

  • Never put fingers more medal outlets in an electrical outlet
  • Keep metal objects out of toasters
  • Never use anything with a cord or plug around water
  • Never pull a plug out by its cord
  • Never plug in anything near a tub or sink full of water (hair dryer, phones, video game chargers)
  • Never place drinks on computers or video game systems
  • Keep radios and other electrical appliances far away from pools.
  • Stay away from substations and power lines.
  • Don’t climb on power poles
  • Never fly kites near power lines
  • Stay away from broken, fallen, or sagging power lines
  • Never touch or climb trees that are near power lines
  • Never touch or climb on big, metal transformer boxes with warning signs

 

We hope these tips are helpful in keeping our children safe! Thanks for reading! Remember, if you have any concerns about children being shocked, particularly children under 5, it is best to call 911. Thanks, Yuma!

 

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What You Should know about Power Surges

A power surge refers to an increase in voltage that substantially exceeds the standard designated flow of electricity (120 volts). When this happens too much current is forced through your electrical system and can do heavy damage to electronics and even cause fires. Here are some ways power surges can effect your homes and businesses:

Internal Power Surges:

Internal power surges are the most common type and may occur numerous times a day.  These power surges usually occur when devices with motors start up or shut off like with your refrigerator and air conditioner.  Other appliances like dryers, garage doors, and even power tools can cause surges.  These high powered appliances can cause for a demand for electricity and disrupt the constant flow of voltage in the electrical system. If your appliances keep tripping your breaker this could be a sign you have faulty wiring and you should call an electrician before something more severe happens.

External Power Surges:

An external power surge is most likely caused by tree limbs touching power lines, lightning striking utility equipment, or when power turns on after a power outage.  When your power comes back on, the lines receive a surge of current and this could fry a television or computer monitor without proper protection.  You can protect damage to your electronic equipment by switching off lights, appliances, and computers until the power comes back on.

Why Worry About Power Surges?

Your home and or business can be susceptible to power surges.  Any device with a microprocessor can function improperly if an influx in current happens.  Microprocessors can be found in numerous appliances such as refrigerators, televisions, computers, microwaves, and washing machines. Simple surge protectors with a breaker to trip are fine for standard electrical outlets and can protect your appliances and electronics.

If you have any power surge concerns or any other electrical matters for your home and or business give D & H Electric a call at (928) 726-5671.  Thanks, Yuma!

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