How To Reset Electrical Meter

June 21, 2021

As a building owner, you can manage your electric bills by tracking how much energy you use. Finding trends in your monthly use of energy even enables you to audit your energy supplier. The way you track energy use is through an electrical meter. The powerlines of your building are fed into your meter, and your meter is where energy flow is recorded. The data shows itself as a series of gauges and numerical readouts. Knowing how meters work and where to find them is what we cover in detail here. Once you’re familiar with your electrical meter, your energy supplier can be held accountable if you reset that meter. Doing so forces your energy supplier to only document each month’s use. Why Should You Reset Your Electrical Meter? Resetting your own electrical meter allows you to track your energy usage more accurately than a paper bill can. Energy suppliers aren’t responsible for resetting your meter when they visit to check its readings. In these cases, an electrician reads your usage based on a prior reading being subtracted from your current one. This common scenario makes it important that you reset your meter yourself. You can also reset your meter...

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Why Is My Electric Bill So High?

June 9, 2021

Spending time evaluating how you use electricity can help you cut your electric bill without having to sacrifice convenience or comfort. We at have put together these tips to help you save energy and money in your Seattle home. Heating and Cooling Systems The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports that HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) systems are the most energy-hungry appliance in homes and buildings. There are ways to keep their energy use at a minimum, primarily through maintenance and smart operation. Air Filter The single most important thing you can do to keep energy use low is to change the air filter regularly. Nothing drives up your cooling and heating bills faster than a dirty filter. A clogged filter slows the passage of air through the system, which makes it run longer to condition your house. Make it a point to check the filter monthly when your air conditioner or furnace is running frequently. Routine Maintenance Is Key Next to ensuring that you have a clean filter, having your system serviced at least once a year is the best thing you can do for your HVAC unit. The technicians from will go through each component carefully, cleaning...

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How To Check Electrical Wiring In Your Home?

May 24, 2021

The electrical wiring in your home keeps your appliances, gadgets, HVAC unit and other important equipment running smoothly and safely. When problems develop, though, you face much more than an inconvenience. Each year, more than 50,000 homes are lost to fires caused by faulty wiring and electrical issues. Knowing the signs of wiring problems and how to locate them ensures that your family is safe. Signs of Electrical Wiring Problems Many electrical problems in homes in and around Seattle go unnoticed or are dismissed due to the age of the structure. However, you should pay attention, especially if you notice: Electrical burning smells Tripping circuit breakers Damaged wires Outlets that vibrate or feel warm Scorched wires or outlets Smoke If you notice any of these issues, shut off the circuit breakers right away. You can then check the wiring system yourself or call to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians. Routine Safety Checks for Electrical Wiring Electrical wiring checks are a great way to keep your home and family safe, and you can run through the checklist as a preventive measure. Often, homeowners in Seattle and surrounding areas of Washington find smaller signs of trouble and take care...

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Where To Place Electrical Outlets In New Home

May 14, 2021

When building a new home, you should get actively involved in the planning stages to ensure that your contractors don’t overlook some details. For example, one major decision that you need to make is the location of electrical outlets. When ignored, you might end up moving into your new house only to realize that the electrical outlet placements don’t go well with your furniture plan. Worse still, you might realize that you have fewer outlets that don’t efficiently meet your needs, so you are forced to use extension cords or a power bar. Ensure that there are electrical outlets in the following areas to ensure that your house is well-wired for convenience. 1. Your Kitchen The kitchen holds many small and large electric appliances. First, determine where you intend to place the refrigerator, dishwashers, oven, and stove. Then, install strong enough outlets to handle such devices. Next, consider your cooking needs to know how many outlets you need for the smaller appliances. Finally, find out how many items you need to run simultaneously and those you only take out when necessary. Install outlets on the countertops and around your kitchen island to power microwave, mixers, toaster, beaters, and coffee machines....

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What Way Should My Ceiling Fan Turn During Summer?

April 12, 2021

Your ceiling fan will save you hundreds of dollars if it rotates in the right direction. The proper use of the fan provides better air circulation and also enhances the device’s efficiency. During summer, ensure that your blades turn counterclockwise because this creates a breeze that leads to more cool air in your home. How Counterclockwise Rotation Creates a Cooler Space When the blades of a fan rotate in reverse, or counterclockwise, they create a breeze that cools your skin. This reverse rotation gives the same effect as when you use a paper fan to cool yourself. Perhaps you’re thinking to yourself that cooling the air is the job of your air conditioner. That’s true, of course, but properly circulating the air you’ve paid to cool makes a world of difference. It will even reduce the expense of cooling it in the first place. The ceiling fan doesn’t produce the cool air itself, but it enhances better circulation of that air in your space to make a room more comfortable. When the fan rotates in the correct direction near the ceiling of your home, the cooling air circulation is maximized. This will greatly assist your air conditioner in accomplishing its...

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What Do Electrical Inspections Include?

April 6, 2021

The electrical system in your house contains many components that need a comprehensive checkup once in a while. An electrical inspection is essential when moving into a new home in order to identify any underlying issues that can compromise the safety of your loved ones. If you live in an older home, routine electrical inspection will help ensure that your electrical system still functions appropriately. When you experience an inexplicable surge in electrical bills, have a professional inspect your electrical systems for inefficiency. Here is what electrical inspections entail. 1. Check the Electrical Meter for Defects The electrician will begin by checking whether the electric meter is damaged or detached from the house. They will also check if the meter logs in the correct wattage and look for any signs of wear and tear. Note that water can seep into the meter box, causing rust and other damage. In extreme cases, water can get to the main electrical panel and put your home at risk. Based on the level of damage, the electrician can advise you to repair or replace the meter. 2. Inspect Wires Next, the inspector will check whether there are any loose wires that can generate heat...

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How to Prepare for a Power Outage

March 20, 2021

Almost everything you use in the house requires electricity, from entertainment to cooking to communicating. You can easily forget how vital electricity is until there is a power outage. It might be challenging to understand the effects of natural disasters, especially on power. Hurricanes, heavy rains, and snow can cause power outages. You can also experience a power outage due to an aging power grid. You can prepare for a power outage when a significant storm is approaching or after heavy rainfall. Here are ways to get through hours or days of power outages. Get a Generator A generator could be a worthwhile investment if you are stuck in the house without power. Consider buying a generator if you anticipate power outages, especially if they might last for days. A generator can keep your lights on, fridge and freezer running, and personal devices like phones and laptops charged for days. The time that a generator keeps you powered is based on its size and its power. Consider investing in a powerful generator to power up your home during prolonged power outages. A gasoline-powered generator can hook up gas supply or connect to external gas tanks in your home. Battery-powered generators...

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How to Tell If Your Appliances Are Energy Efficient

March 8, 2021

In a modern home, certain appliances are a must-have. No Seattle home would be complete without a stove and refrigerator, while most homeowners also choose to have a dishwasher, microwave, clothes washer and dryer, and more. While these appliances can help you get household chores done quickly and with ease, they also draw electricity that can increase your utility bill. That’s why recommends that you understand the energy-efficiency of your various appliances so that you can make any necessary changes to help lower your utility bills. Which Appliances Draw the Most Power? When it comes to power draw, not all appliances are created equal. Aside from your HVAC components, your refrigerator and water heater are the two appliances that draw the most power, by far. That’s because these two appliances operate around the clock to ensure that your food doesn’t spoil and your water stays warm. Therefore, any energy improvements you make in either of these appliances will have a big impact on your energy bill. Other big energy users are your stove and your dryer. That’s why these appliances have a 240-Volt plug instead of the standard 120-Volt plug. Since these appliances draw so much power, it’s important to...

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How To Know If House Has Electrical Problems

February 20, 2021

An electrical problem in your Seattle, WA, home poses a danger to you, your family, and your belongings. In most cases, a problem with the circuit breaker, wiring, or outlet will make itself evident with certain signs before a disaster strikes. Awareness of the signs of an electrical problem gives you an opportunity to take action and call us for electrical inspection and repair services. If you notice any of these 10 signs of electrical problems, it’s important to arrange for licensed electricians to troubleshoot the problem as soon as possible. 1. New and Unusual Odors Sometimes, a new appliance will have an unusual odor after you first set it up and plug it into the outlet. This usually results from its sealant, paint, or adhesives. However, if you detect a strange smell from an outlet or an appliance you’ve been using for more than one or two days, you could have an electrical problem. A burning, plastic, metal, or electrical smell suggests a wiring issue. If you notice any type of odor from your home’s circuit breaker or fuse box, this is an emergency that requires immediate repairs. 2. Warm Outlets or Switches Outlets should never be warm. If...

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How Your Electricity Is Generated

February 8, 2021

We here at are passionate about our craft. Working to serve our neighbors and friends in Seattle and the surrounding area does not stop with us answering service calls. We also love to share our passion and knowledge. Heating and air conditioning, electrical work, and the sales, service, and installation of hot water heaters first depends on you having electricity in your home. Every time you flip a light switch, enjoy the benefits of climate control or relax with a hot shower, thank Michael Faraday. Faraday may not be a household name, but in large part, we have him to thank for the electricity our households. A Different Law of Attraction A little background information always helps to paint a clearer picture. In the case of how electricity generation began, it starts with some wire, a hollow tube, and a magnet. Faraday wrapped the conductive wire around a hollow tube and then moved the magnet through it. What Faraday discovered in his experiment was that he could create an electrical current by moving the magnet. This small-scale experiment would have huge implications. To keep it simple, the more coils, the stronger the magnet, and the more conductive the wire, the...

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