Sunday, September 27, 2009

Save Money Now! Power Save Unit

Hello All! Welcome again to Ask Doug The Electrician!

Save your money and electricity immediately! See 8% - 25% reduction on your next energy bill. PLUS provide Surge Protection for your entire electrical system for 2000 joules! What is this Doug, you ask? Its a 6" X 6" X 4" device that I can install in 45 minutes or less, start saving electricity needed for your house immediately and will pay for itself in about 6 months. I have been installing them for a couple of years now, and they work! Designed by a NASA engineer, approved by UL, the Department of Energy, and CSA certified. Its life expectancy is 60,000 hours at 95% survival!

The unit provides energy savings by reducing the amount of power drawn from your utility with the use of specially designed harmonic resistant capacitors. Power-Save 1200 systems optimize your home's power factor thus reducing the amount of energy your homes motor loads use such as air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, pool pumps, vacuum cleaners, furnace blower motors, fans, etc. Motor loads require more energy to do their work compared to other electrical equipment in your home. The Power-Save 1200's "Power Factor Optimization" significantly increases the efficiency of your motor load and stores waste energy resulting in decreased demand and usage of electricity from your utility company. This equates to significant cost savings for you, the home owner.

COMPLETE INSTALLATION WAS $825, but times are not too awesome right now.... So I’m offering my own economic stimulus and installing them for $685! Please call or email to reserve yours. Additionally, POWERSAVE guarantee’s 60 days Customer Satisfaction!

Check out these two links below. The first is a CBS news team showing an actual installation with savings results.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Solar Rebates

Hello from Doug The Electrician!

If you buy electricity from one of California's three investor-owned utilities (Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, or San Diego Gas & Electric), and you have roof or ground space that gets unobstructed sunlight from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. year round, you qualify for cash back incentives through the California Solar Initiative. Customers of municipal utilities also qualify for incentives through their municipal service provider.
In January 2007, the State of California launched Go Solar California, which included two new solar incentive programs, with slightly modified program requirements compared to the older programs, like the Emerging Renewables Program and the Million Solar Roofs Program. The Energy Commission provides incentives to energy efficient new home construction under the New Solar Homes Partnership. All other facilities in investor-owned utility territories receive rebates from the CPUC-administered program, the California Solar Initiative.
The California Solar Initiative (CSI) offers financial incentives for solar installations based on the expected performance of a given solar installation. The expected performance is derived from the size of the solar array, and also takes into consideration the angle and location of the system installation. For larger systems, the incentive is based on the actual performance of the system over the first five years.
Stop by again for more information!
Thank you from Doug
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

We are now installing SOLAR/PHOTOVOLTAIC systems


I am excited to be a part of the growth of self-generating power! Photovoltaic/Solar solutions are a wave of the future, and the future is definitely now. With so many options now available, and a standard 25 year warranty on panels or Modules, and up to 50% in rebates, more and more customers are inquiring about ways to get off the "Grid". Installations that are available now range from residences to commercial buildings, and even portable weekend units for camping or charging your electric car! One of the newest products that I am excited about is a Photovoltaic paint. Thats right, paint it on and hook up your DC power charging system! Awesome ideas and innovative movements towards a greener planet. Its a great time to act and help become a part of a solution to helping our planet recover!
Thank you again!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Should I get City permits?

Hello All ! Are you questioning whether or not to request/pull a permit with your city because of work at your home? Ask Doug the Electrician ! In most cases, when you are dealing with electrical circuitry or devices, it is a good idea to get a permit before you begin work. Most contractors should know that it is a requirement, depending on the scope of work you are completing. Not all work needs to have a permit, like sheet rock repairs, painting rooms or walls, patching various holes inside or out, etc. You can change all the cover plates on the switch's and outlets too. Most city's have a website to answer any questions you have about detailed information about your project. The city wants your money, period. The city of San Jose, CA., requests that you pull a permit to change out 1 outlet or switch. I personally feel that is going overboard, but, if you were to have someone change out ALL of your outlets and switch's in your home, then I would absolutely recommend pulling a permit. First of all, the city will note the improvements on you home with city records, which brings the value of your home up. Second, even though you (SHOULD ONLY) hired a licensed electrician, national electrical codes are brought into the current law often, and the city will be sure to inform the electrician of any changes that need to be made in order to comply. Main electrical panel changes, upgrades or additions, should also be permitted for the same previous reasons.
So! On your next project at home, especially if you are hiring a contractor, ask them about permits as well. If they seem like they would really rather not, or they try to convince you not to and you are not to sure, DONT HIRE THEM. They could be unlicensed and do not have the correct knowledge to correctly complete your project. Its a good idea to get a couple or even three estimates for your project, so you can basically interview each person to make sure you are comfortable FIRST! Working with someone who you can relate and communicate exactly what you are hiring them for is the best way to make yourself feel accomplished, and satisfy your projects need the way YOU WANT IT!
Thanks again, please reply if you have any questions or concerns!
Doug The Electrician !