Heat wave puts pressure on big power users

If you’re an industrial or other big power user, today might be an important day — because if you use power at the wrong time during a heat wave, it could create higher electricity costs for you next year. “I’ve been busy contacting clients all morning,” said Matt Brakey, president of Shaker Heights-based Brakey Energy, which consults big power users on ways to decrease their electricity costs. It’s all because the rates of big users are largely determined by how much power they use during times when demand on the electric grid is at its highest, Brakey said. Rate programs often look at how users drew power during the five hours when the demand is highest on the grid for the year, which almost always occur on the hottest days of the year because of air conditioners being run longer and harder. “Today is going to be one of those days,” Brakey said on the morning of July 26, as a heat wave moved across the Midwest and toward the East Coast, where a larger population shares the same grid as Ohio. “Yesterday was already the highest demand-day so far this year — actually, it was the highest since 2013,” Brakey said. Most sophisticated users of really big amounts of power, like steel mills or foundries, are already attuned to what’s happening. Many such operations, including many of Brakey’s customers, will shut down their operations in the afternoon and resume them in the evening, when demand on the grid is much lower. Some users, like big high-rise office buildings, have little choice in the matter — they have to provide electricity and air conditioning to their tenants and employees. Other smaller businesses, or residents, don’t [...]

By |August 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Home Landscape Lighting

Home Landscape Lighting Have you ever been downtown at night, maybe attending a concert or sporting event and were impressed with the lighting along a park walk or on a fancy office building? Most of us, at one time or another, have experienced awe, comfort, serenity or relaxation at the sight of well-designedlandscape lighting. Sometimes lights pointing up at the side of a tall building or low profile lights under plants along a downtown walkway can have a very powerful effect on you. Beautiful lighting can completely change your mood and experience of events around you. As far as our homes are concerned we tend to think about outdoor lighting in strictly practical terms. We have a light outside at the front and back doors and maybe a motion detector triggered light above the garage door. They are attached to the house or garage and are there just so you can safely see where you are going when outdoors at night. But your homes outdoor lighting can be so much more than that. It doesn't need to be just for seeing things at night. Properly done outdoor lighting can have a beauty and charm all its own and at the same time provide nighttime safety for your walkways and garden. For many years savvy Ohio homeowners have tried to duplicate this beauty with landscape lightingin the yard around their homes and in their gardens. For the most part it has not worked out very well for the average homeowner. In the past most dependable landscape lighting systems were powered by standard household electricity (120 volt). It had to meet a strict electrical code and you had to have an electrician do all the installation and hookup. [...]

By |May 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ott Electrical Celebrates their 30th Anniversary Family owned and operated, Ott Electrical Services celebrated 30 years of service this year in April. John Ott, owner of Ott Electrical Services, has been joined by his father and sons, as well as a highly experienced staff of electricians, bringing more than 100 years of knowledge and experience to any residential or commercial job. They service Medina, Portage and Summit counties and provide around-the-clock emergency service. Ott Electrical Service, which was originally located in Stow, can be found at community events in the area and most recently enjoyed time at the Stow-Munroe Falls Community Showcase, where staff members were able to visit with current customers and meet new faces. Working in the electrical industry his whole life, John Ott says he takes pride in the long-lasting relationships they have developed throughout the years and contributes Ott Electrical's success to the goal he set 30 years ago of being the best. "Our motto is Quality: in materials, installation, and customer service as well as providing ways to increase all of our customers' quality of living. In the last 30 years, we have wired banks, restaurants, office buildings, apartments, 600+ new homes and have serviced thousands of existing homes and businesses. We are definitely the area experts in older and historical homes," said Ott. "We have always taken great pride in our work and in our customer's satisfaction. We may enter someone's home as a stranger, but our goal is to leave them as a professional that they trust and will call on when they need us again," he added. Located at 4191 Karg Industrial Parkway in Kent, Ott Electrical Services can be reached at 330-677-9249.

By |May 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Major Remodel? Upgrade Your Electrical Service!

If you are contemplating a major remodel, the addition of a room or garage, or a new kitchen you should consider upgrading your electrical service. Thirty years ago, the average new home was equipped with a 60 amp electrical service connected to a screw-in fuse panel with two fuse blocks. The common distribution was a fuse block for the stove and one for the hot water tank. The balance of the homes electrical needs were served by six, 15amp screw-in fuses. Twenty years ago the average new home was equipped with a 100 amp electrical service and some of them used the latest in technology, circuit breakers. Now the average home is equipped with a 200 amp electrical service with a distribution panel handling up to 40, 15amp circuit breakers serving the electrical needs of the home. North American’s are electrical power hungry. Today our air conditioning systems take more power than an entire home did 30 years ago. A kitchen, in a new home, will usually be equipped with a number of receptacles capable of supplying more than 60 amps just to counter top appliances. Adding receptacles does not increase the available power if they are looped from other receptacles. To get more power to a location the circuit should run directly from the distribution panel. Old style distribution panels, those with screw-in fuses are generally considered fire hazards. The contact between the base of the fuse and the buss bar oxidizes or charcoals from poor contact. In order for the current to continue to flow heat is generated. In many areas, insurance companies will not renew homeowner insurance if the home is equipped with an electrical distribution panel that has screw-in fuses. If your current electrical service to your [...]

By |August 16th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tips in Choosing the Right Home Power Generator

Usually, when one sets out to look for an Ohio home power generator, he ends up confused and perplexed. There are just too many home power generators nowadays that come in various shapes, sizes, models and prices coming from different manufacturers and retailers. More often than not, instead of going home with a home power generator, one ends up going home with nothing other than more confusion. To prevent this from happening to you, make sure you cover all the tips discussed in this article. What is the first thing that I should consider? Since the main purpose of a home power generator is to supply electricity, the first thing you should ask yourself is the amount of electricity you usually need at home. Generally, medium-sized homes between 1000-3000 square feet will need a generator that can supply 3000-5000 watts. This will be used for emergency home power backup. But of course, no matter how big or small your home is, it depends on how many electrical devices you have at home. To get a more definite figure on your energy consumption, you can try adding the total number and type of electrical devices that will require electricity at the same time. Typically, watt ratings are printed on the device itself so you won't have a hard time figuring it out. Afterwards, you can sum up the wattage requirements for these devices to get the overall wattage you'll require from your generator. Other than wattage capacity, here are some more features you must consider when looking for a home power generator. Sound How noisy is the unit? Of course, since you will be using the electric generator at home, you do not want it to be [...]

By |July 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Save Money on Your Electrical Bill with Ohio Electrical Heating

There are some inexpensive ways to heat your home and Ohio electric heating systems can easily be more affordable than gas. Especially when the proper installation is used, such as a heat pump or radiant heat systems, as well as when the temperature is evenly controlled to be more efficient, such as a programmable thermostat. Ohio Electrical Heating Is Efficient Heating With the more energy efficient Ohio electric heating systems, you can save money, especially when your home is properly insulated and weather-stripped, along with proper air sealing. There is a difference in forced air Ohio electric heat and the radiant heat systems, however. In a forced air heating system, you have Ohio electrical blowers that run, which use electricity. With radiant heat systems that use less electricity, the elements allow the air from the heated elements to seep into the room and keep it warmer, with less effort. The best way to compare these two Ohio electrical heat methods would be to consider the difference in an appliance, like a toaster that warms the air through elements to heat the bread and make toast, versus a hot air popcorn popper that uses warm air that is considered forced air. Ohio Electrical Heating Is Faster They are both ways to heat the air, but the hot air popper would take considerably longer to make toast than a toaster would, making the forced air popper less efficient. In the northern climates, the radiant heating systems can save 25% to 30% over a gas heating system, during winter months. There are several ways that Ohio electric systems are more efficient and environmentally friendly than a gas heating system, through smoother operation and less waste. This is especially true in the case of electric heat pumps, [...]

By |June 4th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why Hudson Electrical Repairs Should Always be Done by Professionals

Most households and buildings regularly require Hudson electrical repairs. This is logical as electricity is always used for operating appliances, equipment, and other machines. Short-circuits and small electrical shocks are normal and are quite usual. However, it is surprising that services of professional electricians are hardly sought. No one could blame home and building owners for finding ways to cut on costs. Hiring professionals to perform Hudson electrical repairs could be quite expensive especially when done on a regular basis. Many people tend to apply their basic knowledge and skills in electricity. Some hire unlicensed electricians, who charge significantly lower rates. According to experts, households, businesses, and building operators should always opt to hire professional and licensed electricians. Repairing faulty electrical wirings and other electrical damages should be left to the professionals. This is to make sure everything would be done properly and efficiently. There are logical reasons why such repairs should be handled only by licensed professionals. First, professional electricians have been educated and trained to do their job. They are knowledgeable not only about the electricity but also about all other related concepts, which could affect electrical wirings and connections. Their expertise is holistic and broad so that other related problems could be identified and resolved at once. Second, their licenses are always at stake whenever they do their jobs. Just like in all other professions, electricians’ licenses are their pass for practicing. If they make serious and careless mistakes, their licenses may possibly be revoked. Thus, they would logically intend to always make sure they are doing the right thing. This could be a protection or shield on the part of the clients. Third, professional electricians do not look at just the specific area of the problem. [...]

By |May 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Importance of Ohio Electrical Safety Inspections

It is essential for everyone, to check all their household systems and to follow the latest safety norms. Neglecting this might lead to electrocution of a family member or worse, fire from electrical sparks can cause the house to be in flames. Lack of electric maintenance or faulty electrical installation is responsible for many such mishaps. To avoid these mishaps, Ohio Electrical Safety Inspection becomes necessary. Meeting Electrical Safety Codes At times, it is found, that the electrical system of a home or workplace sometimes does not meet the expectations. The delay in repairing the electrical system might worsen the problem and can lead to a disaster. It is therefore, advisable to call a commercial or residential electrician in order to rectify the flaw and repair the system. With time and usage, the electrical appliances, systems and units slowly degrade in quality and performance. It is difficult for the common person to understand when to repair or when replacement is necessary for the electrical systems. Experienced electricians are capable of understanding when repairing and replacing is required, by inspecting the electric systems. They also inspect whether the system conforms to the latest norms of safety. When is an Electrical Inspection Required? Those who are not aware of when to avail the electrical safety inspection should look out for the following signs: Power overload occurs frequently. Flickering or dimming of lights. The power outlets have become discolored. The circuit breakers trip frequently. Smell of plastic or burning wires is found. Sparks are noticed from outlets or connections. These problems should not be neglected as it can be dangerous. Safety Inspection Services should be availed if any such signs are noticed. Precautions are taken in time will automatically minimize the chances [...]

By |April 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why You Should Call the Pros for Fairlawn Electrical Repair

If you are like most homeowners, changing a light bulb is about the extent of your electrical repair abilities. Fortunately, there are qualified Fairlawn electrical repair contractors just a phone call away. Electrical repairs are one of those things that homeowners eventually have to contend with, and there are several issues at stake that warrant a second thought about any D.Y.I. ideas or who the best option to hire is. The biggest and probably most important issue regarding electrical repair is safety. Most homeowners do not have the proper training to go mucking about with wiring, outlets and breakers. There is a good chance of coming into contact with electricity and some homeowners are not even aware of how to turn off the electricity to their home, which is important in the prevention of electrocution. Furthermore, if electrical repairs are not completed correctly, there is the chance of an electrical fire starting later on. What is risky for a homeowner to try on their own can quickly become a life or death matter for everyone living at the residence. Another important issue in electrical repair is the ability of inexperienced people spreading damage to other parts of the home. An expert Fairlawn electrical contractor can isolate electrical problems and contain them. They can tell if it can affect other parts of the house or whether a problem elsewhere is causing the problem that you notice. And goodness forbid if an inexperienced person were to get in there and end up destroying your home’s electrical system due to unwitting error. The last important issue that should not prevent you from calling a professional Fairlawn electrician is cost. While considering cost is important in this day and economy, the cost of getting something done right [...]

By |February 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Benefits of Landscape Lighting

Benefits of Landscape Lighting Landscape lighting is a home improvement trend sweeping the nation and is one of the most popular features in outdoor home improvement. It is one of the most dramatic improvements you can make to your home…front yard or back. Landscape lighting is breathtaking in its beauty and provides a safe, secure and welcoming environment to come home to. Also, low voltage landscape lighting is affordable, effective and is a primary deterrent to residential crime. Low-voltage landscape lighting is easy and safe to install, is safe for kids and pets, and it consumes less power than line voltage lighting. Pathways, ponds, statues, trees, and shrubs all produce a serene environment when landscape lighting is applied. Landscape lighting is a great way to line your driveway or sidewalks. Nothing else enhances your garden or yard at night better than exterior lighting. It provides an ambient effect to trees, shrubs and flowers. Garden lighting also has a practical side. It is a great way to mark pathways or accent garden areas. Get the full use out of your garden, yard and patio areas by adding decorative landscape lighting to your outdoor spaces. With outdoor lights you will also feel safer in your yard as you come home to relax in your garden. A garden with low-voltage landscape lighting can bring a whole new setting to the home and provide the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining. Landscapes emerge at dark under subtle outdoor landscape lighting to create wonderful shapes in hauntingly beautiful sculptured drama. To brighten up an overall outdoor look, and highlight a home's best features, homeowners can create an effective low-voltage landscape lighting system. In conclusion, low-voltage landscape lighting is a low-cost system [...]

By |January 6th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments