Category Archives: Electrical Tips

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs–Are They Worth It?

Are Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs really Worth the Hype?

ABT Sheds Light on Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

We at ABT Plumbing, Electric, Heat & Air are committed to helping Nevada County residents make their homes more “Energy Efficient and Environmentally Conscious.” As a part of this commitment, our Office is helping utility ratepayers identify products and services they can use to help combat rising energy costs and the push to make their Grass Valley homes more energy efficient. While there are a number of costly home improvements such as solar roof paneling or replacing all of your home appliances with Energy Star products, there are also less costly energy saving options that are available. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Lighting accounts for close to 20 percent of the average home’s electric bill.” So we at ABT have decided that it’s time to “shed some light on energy efficient light bulbs.”

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Quiet Standby Generator, Lake Tahoe

No More Loud and Obnoxious Roar
Perhaps the image you’re conjuring up is that old obnoxious generator at your Grandparents Lake Tahoe cabin. The good news is that emergency standby generators built today are a lot quieter than those loud dinosaurs of the past. Although it’s not like they run on stealth mode like a submarine patrolling enemy waters, the noise they do produce no longer presents serious problems like those old backup generators did and still do.
This is a rather important issue to consider, especially for anyone living in the peace and quiet of the Sierra Nevada. In the past this necessary emergency piece of equipment constantly roared a headache producing sound. Now, up to date manufacturing techniques have produced better muffling components and a sound deadening cabinet resulting in fewer sales of aspirin during those annoying power outages.
Call ABT for a free quote (530-272-9120) and find out just how quite a new Generac emergency standby generator is.
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Electrical Hazards in Your Placer and Nevada County Home

Is your home safe from an electrical fire? An estimated 28,300 residential building electrical fires occurred each year between 2003 and 2005, resulting in 360 deaths, 1,000 injuries, and $995 million in losses, according to the United States Fire Administration.

Nearly half (47%) of these electrical fires, where equipment was involved, were started from wires overheating, causing their insulation to melt and ignite. Many of our homes are built with materials and methods of wiring that cannot sufficiently handle the heat build-up from the electrical demands of a typical household in the 21st Century. Heat-producing electrical equipment such as hair dryers, portable heaters and cooking appliances, use significantly more power than other electrical equipment. These devices may overload a circuit, especially one that is already reaching its maximum amperage allowance. Coupled with faulty circuit breakers and poorly wired outlets, this overload can cause the products to overheat and possibly to catch fire.

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