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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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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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