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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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Why You Should Have an Electrical Inspection

Clearly this electrical work was not performed by professionals!

When it comes to electrical inspections it is always a good idea to have your home checked by professionals periodically.  During an electrical inspection, your home’s wiring will be looked at as well as the electrical box. These inspections by contracted electricians will make sure the electrical connections in your home comply with state law as well as electiccal codes. Here are 3 instances when you should have a professional conduct an electrical inspection.

  1. Before buying a new home – a new home inspection is important before closing in case there might be hidden issues with your home. If there have been changes to the original wiring of the home it is important to ensure that they were done correctly.  For older homes, it is also important to make sure the older wiring meets the demands of modern living and its electrical load.
  2. Before major renovations – when upgrading your home with any renovation, an inspection will uncover if your current electrical system can support your plans. When adding outlets to any new project an inspection ensures that you are within any building codes which will keep you and your family safe.
  3. For Insurance purposes – Your insurance might ask for a home electrical inspection. The more current your inspection the better an insurer can assess the risks of your home and possibly help you save on premiums.

Reasons for yearly electrical inspections:

  1. Fire Safety – over 50,000 electrical fires happen annually in the US. Many of these are done to improper electrical wiring.
  2. Safety of the occupants – the physical safety of individuals can be at risk with outlet overloading, potential electrical shock, and outdated wiring.
  3. Adherence to Government Electrical Standards – electric standards change every few years which means certain fixtures in your home could be out of compliance.
  4. Avoiding damage to electrical appliances – electricity may damage appliances due to power sources being outdated.

If your home or business needs an electrical inspection and or you have any other electrical needs give D & H Electric a call at (928) 726-5671!

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5 Summertime Tips to Save Money on Your Electric Bill

For those of us in the desert heat, the summer means soaring electrical bills due to air conditioner costs. However, D&H Electric is here to give you some tips that should help offset some of these costs and save you a little money this summer. We asked for some tips via Facebook and those are included in this list. Check it out, we might just save you money on your electric bill this summer!

  • Regularly Change You Air Conditioner Filters– this one was suggested by Ernesto (super D&H Electric employee). Replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one can reduce your energy consumption by as much as 15%. Given that HVAC is half (or more) of your electric bill, that is a savings of 7.5% off your total electric bill you are missing out on if you are using dirty air filters. Also, a dirty HVAC filter causes your air conditioner motor to work harder, increasing the likelihood of a problem. Change those filters!
  • Use Fans – Using fans helps the air to circulate properly which puts less pressure on your AC. If you have a ceiling fan it should have a switch to change the direction of the fan’s rotation. If it is hot in the room, you want to push the hot air up and out of the room, so the fan should rotate in a counter-clockwise. If you use air conditioning, ceiling fans will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. Every degree you raise your AC and instead use fans will likely save you 4% in energy costs. That can save you a lot of green this summer!
  • Use other appliances less – You can offset the high energy costs of cooling by using appliances less to save money. Air dry your clothes, hand wash your dishes, and unplugging unused appliances (energy vampires) can reduce your electrical costs. It’s easy to tell how much you are saving by using the Energy Use Calculator.
  • Use a solar oven – This was suggested by Jennifer on Facebook. Thanks, Jennifer! Take advantage of the heat by cooking meals naturally with a solar oven. You can buy one or even make one and cook everything from cookies to chicken to pasta. Not only are you harnessing the power of the sun to cook but stoves warm your house up, causing your HVAC to work harder. If you are feeling less adventurous, you can get the same benefit by cooking meals on the barbeque.
  • Turn off the lights and keep curtains closed – We know it’s dark, but the lights heat the house up and the sun coming through the window will heat your house up quicker than you can say “but it’s a dry heat!” To get the maximum benefit, use blackout curtains. If you must use lights, make sure you are using LED bulbs. LED bulbs last longer and will cost you less money in the long run because they use less electricity. Less electricity also means the bulbs warm your house less, saving you on your energy bill.

Thanks for reading! Stay cool this summer Yuma!

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What to Do When Your Circuit Breaker Tips

It’s always a good idea to label your circuit breakers, Yuma!

What to Do When Your Circuit Breaker Tips

So the lights, an appliance, or an outlet are not working in your house. If applicable, you reset your GFCI and the outlet or appliance still doesn’t work. So you head out to the breaker box and you notice that one of the breakers is going the opposite way of the other breakers. Using your powers of deduction, you determine that you tripped your circuit breaker. Is that bad?

First, it’s good that your circuit breaker tripped! Think of breakers as safety devices. They cut off power to your home to prevent overheating and fire.

Why Did My Circuit Breaker Trip?

            There are essentially 4 reasons why your breaker could trip:

  1. Circuit Overload – this happens when there are too many appliances on a circuit. This is one of the most common causes of a circuit tripping. If you recently added an appliance to a room (say a vacuum or a hair dryer) it is likely that this was the cause of the overload.
  2. A Short Circuit – this is when a hot wire touches a neutral wire in your home’s wiring system.
  3. Ground Fault – when a hot wire touches a ground wire, it overheats the system and causes a ground fault.
  4. A faulty appliance – if there is an issue with the wiring of an appliance, it can draw too much power an overheat the circuit.

If you believe that your circuit breaker trip was caused by a short circuit or ground fault, you should call an electrician right away.

How to Reset a Circuit Breaker

The good news is that it is relatively easy to reset a circuit breaker. Follow these easy steps:

  1. Turn off all the lights and unplug appliances. If you are overloaded, failure to do so may trip your circuit again!
  2. Locate your electrical panel (if you haven’t already).
  3. Make sure your hands are dry and that you aren’t standing in a puddle. If you aren’t comfortable, call an electrician for help.
  4. Look for the tripped breaker. It should be in the “OFF” position. Move it to the “ON” position.
  5. Test the area by reintroducing lights or an appliance to the circuit.

If your circuit breaker trips after you reset it, this may be the sign of an electrical problem in your home. Give us a call at (928) 726-5671 and our licensed electricians can help diagnose and fix the problem. Thanks Yuma!

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How to Avoid Electrical Pitfalls When Buying a New Home

For green parrots, moving is easy… for humans… not so much! Give us a call if you would like us to inspect your electrical system!

How to Avoid Electrical Pitfalls When Buying a New Home

 

What do you look at when you’re buying a new home?

 

Many buyers examine a range of different factors, from the state of the garden, to how many bedrooms a property has. Yet, you’d be surprised how many people fail to evaluate one of the most important features of their new property – the electricity. The home electrical system is frequently overlooked during the home buying experience because people are more focused on how a home looks and feels.

 

Unfortunately, if you move into a new home and find that your wiring is faulty, or there’s something dangerous going on with your built-in appliances, then you’re going to have a lot of stress ahead of you. Here’s how you can avoid electrical issues when moving into your new home.

  1.     Get an Inspection

 

While most mortgage companies will ask you to get a home inspection before you buy a property, it’s important to remember that these basic evaluations don’t cover in-depth things like the structure of the property, or whether the electrical system works as it should. To save yourself from disaster, think about hiring an electrical inspector to come and look at the property on your behalf, before you sign on the dotted line. This can save you a lot of time and money in the long-term. Thankfully, we would be more than happy to help! Give us a call at 928-726-5671

 

If your electrical expert notices something that needs to be fixed, they can provide you with a quote on how much the work will cost, so you can either reduce the offer you make on the home or take that into account when you’re budgeting your expenses.

  1.     Check the Electrical Items

 

Two-thirds of homebuyers fail to check the electrical systems in a home before they place an offer on a property. When you’re busy dreaming about the color you’re going to paint the walls in your new bedroom, it can be easy to forget to switch the lights on to check they work properly or check to see whether appliances are using electricity as they should.

 

As you walk around the home, make sure that everything you touch works as you would expect it too. It may also be worth asking the seller whether you can see a copy of his or her electrical bill, so you can see how efficient the electrical system seems to be in your potential new home. While electricity prices can vary according to the neighborhood, particularly high costs could be a sign of trouble.

  1.     Ask Plenty of Questions

 

Unless you’re an electrical expert, you might not know much about what’s going on behind the scenes in your potential new home, but you can ask for a few details from your realtor. For instance, the kind of wiring that’s in the home can say a lot about how secure an electrical system is. You can also keep your eye out for electrical outlets that look loose or dangerous in any way.

Just as you wouldn’t use a moving company like our friends at Bellhops Moving Arizona without asking them some questions about their experience, don’t move into a house without asking as many questions as you can think of about the mechanics of their electrical system. Again, should you need further assistance do not hesitate to give us a call at 928-726-5671!

Thanks!

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5 Signs You Should Replace Your Electrical Outlet

Have an old electrical outlet? Not sure if you should replace it? Here are D&H Electric’s 5 signs you should replace your electrical outlet.

  1. Outlets are getting hot, sparking, or are making a sizzling or popping sound: you shouldn’t need this list to tell you that you have a problem! This is a fire hazard that needs to be taken care of If you have an outlet with this issue remember you can call D&H Electric 24/7 at 928-726-5671.
  2. Your outlet is discolored or looks burnt: just like if the outlet was getting hot or sparking, this is a sign that there is a problem with your wiring. This is also a fire issue and you need to call an electrician (us) immediately!
  3. Plugs fall out of the outlet: a loose outlet is caused by worn contacts. These outlets need to be replaced because loose sockets can cause electrical arcing putting you at risk for fire.
  4. You have two pronged outlets: unless you live in an old house, you probably won’t see these outlets. However, not only are these outlets a pain because you can’t use them with three pronged plugs, they are also dangerous. That means that the outlet itself isn’t grounded, and it should be replaced because it’s a fire risk.
  5. Cracked outlet covers, or outlets with large gaps caused by undersized wall plates: those gaps allow dust to settle into the outlet, which will increase the risk of fire. It’s best that you replace the outlet all together, not just the faceplate.

If you notice any of those 5 signs, make sure to call an electrician immediately. Call D&H Electric at 928-726-5671. Thanks, Yuma!

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Electrical Jokes That Are Actually Funny

While we take our service of Yuma County seriously, we are also known to have some fun. We think one of the reasons we were lucky enough to win Yuma’s Best Electrical services back to back is the relationships we build with our customers. Our electricians and support staff are warm and friendly, and take pride in what they do!

Here are some favorite our favorite electrician jokes. Some of them may be a little corny, but sometimes those are the best ones! Hope these jokes can brighten your day! If you have a favorite one or one you think we should add to our joke list, tell us on Facebook.

Get it?

Q: What is an electrician’s favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Shock-o-lot(Chocolate)

Q: Why did Mr. Ohm marry Mrs. Ohm?
A: Because he couldn’t resistor!

Q: What’s grey, crispy and hangs from the ceiling?
A: An amateur electrician.

Q: Why did the lights go out?
A: Because they liked each other!

Q. Why do fluorescent lights hum?
A. Because they can’t remember the words.

Q: How many electricians does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: One, just hold the bulb up and the whole world revolves around him.

Q: Why can’t there be an LED beauty pageant?
A: Because the winner would be Miss LED!

 

I finally managed to get rid of that nasty electrical charge I’ve been carrying. I’m ex-static!

My cheap neighbor doesn’t want to pay for an electrician to re-wire his house so he’s going to try and do it himself.
“How hard can it be?” he said. I think he’s in for a shock.

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5 Effective Ways to Childproof Your Electrical Outlets

Childproofing one’s home from potential electrical hazards can be time-consuming but is essential in protecting your children from harm.  According to the National Protection Fire Association, approximately 2,400 children suffer from severe shock and burns caused by various objects being poked into electrical outlets every year. Here are 5 effective ways to help keep young children safe:

  1. Outlet caps – All homes with small children should have this simple means of protecting their children.  Any outlet within reach of young ones should have a cap which will block tiny fingers and foreign objects from entering an outlet.  However, these can prove to be annoying when needing to use the outlet and children may be capable of removing the caps.  Therefore, the next three suggestions will b more effective in preventing electrical hazards.
  2. Electrical outlet covers – Simply replace your current outlet covers with safe plates.  These baby proof outlet covers allow you to plug in your appliances by sliding the faceplate until it lines up with the outlet.  This allows easy access to the outlet while protecting children.
  3. Tamper Resistant Receptacles- This spring-loaded receptacle plate closes off the slots and prevents any foreign objects from entering the outlet. This is the safest way to keep children safe and the expert staff at D & H Electric would be happy to change out your old outlets and replace with a receptacle plate.
  4. GFCI Outlets- These outlets will shut off the electrical circuit if it detects an imbalance.  If a child were to stick something in a socket, the GFCI Outlet would cut power thus protecting the child from further harm. Once installed, these outlets can easily be detected is this the right word you are looking for? with the test and reset buttons.
  5. Wire an outlet to a switch – By wiring your outlet to a switch, you can control the flow of electricity to an outlet. By keeping the switch in the off position when not in use, you can reduce the risk of electric shock.

 

Your child’s safety is of the utmost concern. Above are four simple ways to minimize your child’s risk of electric shock. If you have any questions or would like help childproofing your electrical system, give D&H Electric a call at (928) 726-5671. For more on childproof receptacles, check out this infographic below:

Tamper Resistant Receptacles – Childproofing Done Right

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