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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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Average Arizona Home Energy Breakdown

These days, everyone is looking to save a little extra on their electrical bill especially with APS raising their rates on energy consumption. We’ve given you tips on how to reduce your electrical bill in the past, and we thought it might be helpful to examine how the average Arizona home consumes electricity.

According to the US Department of Energy, the average Arizona home consumes ¼ of its energy by running the air conditioner, which is 4x the national average.  However, according to APS, 40% of the energy consumption of an average Arizona home goes to cooling with that number leapfrogging to cooling being 70% of your total bill in the summer.  Either way, cooling your home is a significant expenditure. If you are looking to save money on your electrical bill, making sure your cooling system is tuned up and consuming energy wisely would be a great place to start. APS has some great tips to save money on cooling costs. We also wrote an article recently how a smart thermostat could save you a lot of money as well.

However, a significant amount of the average Arizonan’s electrical bill (43%) comes from appliances, electronics, and lighting. Since this is such a large expenditure, little things like turning off lights when not in use, unplugging/powering off “energy vampires” (computers, phone chargers, and streaming devices), and using LED light bulbs could potentially mean big savings on your bill.  In addition, we recommend using newer energy efficient appliances. While people love to use old fridges in Yuma, your second fridge in your laundry room or garage could be costing you hundreds in excess energy costs. If you need a second fridge, get a newer energy efficient one!

The third largest expenditure of the average Arizona home is water heating, accounting for 17% of average consumption. Turning down your water heater by 10 degrees or more could save you 3-5% on your water heating costs. Lastly, a great way to save money is to simply not use hot water. By washing your clothes and dishes with cold water, you stand to save some green!

It should be unsurprising that heating only accounts for 15% of the average Arizonan’s electrical bill. However, it does get cold in the winter. By ensuring that your heating/cooling system is well maintained, you can save some money in the winter months. In addition, pull out those heavy blankets and wear a sweatshirt…. Less heat means more money!

Hopefully, you found this post helpful. Which did your find the most helpful? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook! Thanks for taking the time to read our blog and don’t forget to use D&H Electric for all your electrical needs! Give us a call at (928) 725-5671!

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Are Smart Thermostats Worth it?

Should you get a smart thermostat? Smart appliances are all the rage with people turning to technology to give them the ability to program their appliances using their phone. Wouldn’t it be cool to program your thermostat without getting out of bed or while you are out of town? With a smart thermostat, you could do that!

 

How does a smart thermostat work?

A smart thermostat replaces your traditional thermostat. Using your phone, tablet, or computer, you can program your thermostat settings at or away from your home. This allows you to turn your thermostat up or down or turn off/on your heating/cooling system via an app.

Can a smart thermostat save me money?

Yes! Although they require an initial investment, properly programming them can save you some cash. These thermostats can detect patterns of occupation and set your thermostat accordingly. Why heat or cool an unoccupied house?  The thermostat can even be set to run right before you come home so that when you arrive your home is the appropriate temperature. According to APS, you can save as much as 15%  in energy costs using a smart thermostat. That means you can save $360 a year if your electricity costs are $200 a month! In addition, APS will send you a $30.00 rebate when you properly install, register, and program a smart thermostat in your home.

What does it take to start using a smart thermostat?

You need to do a few things first. First, make sure your HVAC and heating system are compatible. Many of the smart thermostat manufacturers like ecobee and Nest have online compatibility checks so you can see if it works with your system before you buy. Second, you need to download and familiarize yourself with the app and be able to connect the thermostat to your Wi-Fi. Last (but most importantly) make sure the thermostat is installed correctly. If you would like D&H Electric to do the installation to ensure it is done correctly give us a call at (928) 726-5671! We’d be happy to help!

So, are they worth it?

Yes! We think if installed and used correctly you could save some serious cash with a smart thermometer (especially in the summer months). Once it’s installed, all you have to do is make sure you keep up with the programming. Think about how much money you could save after a few years!

Maybe you could do that LED landscaping project you always wanted to do with the money you’ll save! Thanks for reading and remember to use D&H Electric for all your electrical needs!

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D&H Electric at the Yuma Main Street Water Treatment Facility

This Tuesday (March 27, 2018) D&H Electric did some electrical work at the Yuma Main Street Water Treatment Facility. This treatment plant can produce up to 40 million gallons of water daily and has been providing the Yuma area with drinking water since 1892! Here we are installing an 800 Amp Cell. Check out this great pic:

When D&H Electric does important projects such as this, we also provide education and training to our customers. Here we are training City of Yuma Employees on proper procedures related to the installed cells. It’s important that the cell is closed and opened properly and that proper procedures are followed.

When we say that we serve Yuma, we really mean it! When you turn on your faucet, the water you drink has been treated by the City of Yuma powered by D&H Electric’s work! Not only are we keeping the lights on, we are keeping the water running too!

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Stay tuned for more from D&H Electric!

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Getting to Know a D&H Employee: Mike Powers

Meet Mike Powers. He’s the Energy Efficiency Specialist at D&H Electric. He’s had a lot of different jobs in the past: he’s been a teacher, a retail manager, a personal trainer, and a consultant. However, he loves his current role at D&H Electric because he is “constantly learning” and “gets to have fun, wow clients, and work with the best!” In his spare time, he loves to play rugby and his hidden talent is that he can draw and paint.

We sat down and asked Mike a few questions about his work:

What does a typical day look like for you at D&H Electric?  It’s different every day and that’s the beauty of working at D&H.  I never know what my day will look like.  It can change from hour to hour.  I spend my day meeting clients, visiting job sites, counting the lights, and delivering proposals.  I carve out a little part of my day learning about new products, technology, a client, or how I can leverage new technologies to make our company better.

How do you define success? For me, success is defined by delivering what I promised to my clients, my fellow team and to my company.  My personal philosophy is to learn and utilize what I learn to help others.

What has surprised you the most about working at D&H Electric?  I never realized how important light was.  Light used to be something I never gave much thought about until bulbs went out or I lost lights due to power failure.  I have a very different appreciation for lights.  Lights are not created equal.

If you could give any business owner advice about their electrical set up what would it be?  I would refer them to our professional staff to see how we can make their facility become more efficient.  I can help them with their lighting needs while saving them money.  Electric bills are one of the larger expenses and converting to LED will help any business save energy, reducing expenditure!

If you could give any homeowner advice about their electrical set up what would it be?  The best advice is to consult with a professional like our amazing electricians!

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Why You Should Always Use Licensed Electricians

A licensed electrician will ensure the work done is carried out safely and meets the relevant safety standards. Using a licensed electrician reduces the risk of fire, electric shock or any other electric incidents occurring in your home. This means you and your family can rest easy knowing you are protected.

Malfunction or electrical failures are some of the major reasons as to why there are fires in homes.  These unexpected disasters ultimately kill as much as 500 people in the United States and cause even more injuries and millions of dollars in property damage every year. Having a certified electrician can help you prevent such catastrophic events. 

Bad wiring is ugly, dangerous, and could actually cost you more in the long run. Use D&H Electric and get the best!

If you are thinking about having some renovations done to your building to improve its function and appeal, don’t forget to have the electrical wiring updated by a commercial electrician as well. Many employers forget to do so only to end up experiencing electrical problems with their facilities later on. To avoid the need for electrical renovations, later on, get them done by a bonded and insured commercial electrician while your renovations are going on. It’ll be cheaper that way because there are fewer walls and structures to maneuver through.

Don’t take chances with your building electrical wiring. Even the smallest electrical nuances can turn into major repair hazards for your workers. Bear in mind that it is your responsibility as an employer to provide your workers with a safe and hazard-free work environment. If you fail in duties to keep your building safe, you could end up dealing with workers’ compensation claims, litigation, and other inconveniences that may hurt your profits and reputation.

D&H Electric employs quality licensed electricians and fully guarantees their work. They are bonded and insured in both Arizona and California and have won Yuma’s Best Electrical Services back to back (2016 and 2017).  When you choose D&H Electric, you choose to go with the best. Give us a call at 928-726-5671 today!

 

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Retrofit Your Existing Light Fixtures with LED Lamps

As you can see in the above video, D&H Electric will retrofit your existing metal halide fixture with LED lamps. The LED lamp is not only more efficient than the metal halide but it also has a longer life cycle! LED retrofits also bypass the existing metal halide ballast as well, removing a point of potential fail for your fixtures!

We’ve talked about the benefit of LED lighting at your business before, but LED lamps end up being cheaper, more efficient, and lasting longer than their metal halide or halogen counterparts. Our top of the line technicians and retrofit kits will have you reaping the benefits of LED lighting faster than you can say “show me the light!”
Give us a call at (928) 726-5671 and we will show you why we were voted Yuma’s Best Electrical Services two years in a row!

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5 Reasons D & H Electric are Yuma’s Best Electricians

We are deeply humbled that you selected D&H Electric Yuma’s Best Electrical Services Provider for 2017. We are honored that our community decided to honor us as Yuma’s Best Electricians. Here are 5 reasons why we believe we won back to back awards in this category: 

  1. Our Staff –Everyone from our office workers to our field electricians is great at servicing the Yuma community. They are passionate experts in the field who are knowledgeable about the latest and greatest trends in electrical services. Whether it be commercial or residential, we have solutions that will allow you to look great and be the envy of your neighbors and competitors.
  2. We are proud Yumans! – we’re locally owned and operated – we have been since 1976. We were your classmates in high school. Our kids play little league with your kids. We love this community and are excited to serve you every day. A vote for us is a vote for the community that we love.
  3. We love to give back – we are a proud sponsor of the Yuma Special Olympics and are involved in several organizations including 4-H, the Yuma Regional Foundation, and Arizona Children’s Association. We sponsor several youth sports teams as well. We love what we do. The proof is in the pudding! Check out our Facebook to see just some of the ways we support our community.
  4. Our work – check out our reviews on Facebook and Google. Whether residential or commercial, our work is of the highest quality and we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service. We feel we have earned this reputation through hard work, continuing education, and a customer focus that makes us the best electrical contractors in Yuma.
  5. Our guarantee – we are fully licensed and insured in both Arizona and California and guarantee all our work. We think you will love our customer service and every interaction you have with us. Should you have any concerns, we will work to make sure we do right by you. We are focused on bringing you solutions that will be energy efficient and we offer 24-hour services because we know that emergencies can happen at the most inopportune times. We will be there for you because you aren’t just our customers, you are our neighbors, community members, and friends.

Give us a call at 928-726-5671. We think you will be glad you did. Thanks!

 

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