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Light Up Your Holidays Safely

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Light Up Your Holidays Safely
 

Light up safely over the holidays:

  • Choose the right light for the job: light strings and other decorations are rated for indoor or outdoor use. Read the package instructions, and never exceed the recommended wattage.
  • Replace damaged electrical products (cords, plugs, ornaments).
  • Avoid plugging too many lights and decorations into an outlet. Overloaded circuits can overheat and start a fire. 
  • Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) outlets when plugging in outdoors
  • Buy holiday decorations that have the mark of an accredited certification agency on the package. 
  • Once the package is opened, remember to check for the appropriate approval sticker appearing on the cord for products incorporating light strings. 

Extension Cords/Plugs:

  • Avoid overloading circuits with plugs and extension cords—this can create overheating and result in a fire. Fuses that frequently blow and circuits that trip can indicate too many items are connected to the circuit.
  • Never remove the third prong on plugs—this "grounding pin" prevents shock in the event of electrical equipment failure.
  • Plug outdoor electrical decorations into Ground Fault (GFCI)-protected outlets.
  • Don't run extension cords under carpets, through doorways, or in places where they can be damaged by furniture 
  • Keep outdoor connections above-ground and out of puddles; don't run them across driveways and/or walkways.

Installing Decorations:

  • No more than three light strings can be safely connected together in most cases—read manufactures instructions for directions. 
  • Make sure bulbs don't touch supply cords, wires, cloth, paper, or any material that's not part of the light string.
  • Use the proper clips for securing lights and decorations. Staples and nails can damage electrical cords.
  • Check for overhead power lines before using a ladder to put up decorations, or when you're hanging lights or decorations on trees.
  • Holiday decorations aren't designed for year-round use and can deteriorate over time. Take them down when the holidays are over.

Remember to:

  • Watch that children don’t put electrical decorations or cords in their mouths.
  • Keep an eye on pets that may chew or damage electrical cords.
  • Turn off holiday lights and decorations when you leave the house or go to bed.

Why You Need an Electrician

Friday, August 14, 2015

Electrical contractors are crucial to any new build of commercial or residential premises. They can also be incredibly helpful when looking to renovate an existing building, where your expertise is not that skilled. You may feel that you are capable of performing smaller tasks, but where electrics are concerned it is far better being safe than sorry.

Electricians are trained professionals who understand how dangerous the work can be, and how important it is to stick to the strict guidelines. When you are performing any work within your home that involves electrics, you need to consider if you should hire electrical contractors. There are smaller tasks that you may be able to perform with confidence; however, larger jobs may need an expert.

Many people try to do an electrician’s job themselves, which will often lead to problems further down the line. Therefore, making the decision early on in the project to hire contractors will save you both time and money. If you have found that you are in too deep and do not understand what you are doing, you need to hire a professional electrician. They will be able to notify you of the problem and instruct you how to make it better.

Hiring the professionals to carry out the electrical work within your home or business will ensure that everything is done safely. Electricians will be able to install all electrical components around your home. Plugins, ceiling fans, security lighting, light switches and wiring in appliances can all be done with ease. You will be surprised how easy the electricians will make it look; however, they are trained to do their job.

There are many common issues and problems with the wiring in homes all over the world, and typically these issues have arisen from the wrong people performing the tasks. By hiring qualified and experienced electricians, you will be guaranteeing that your home is safe. They will be able to rectify any existing issues, and ensure that all new work is carried out in the correct manner.

 

If you have been having problems for a while, they will source the issue and fix it correctly. Performing jobs around your home and business may seem like a good idea, and you may think that you are saving money, but you should call an electrician the moment that you begin to find problems with the wiring in your home.


Vehicle Charging Stations

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Ever wonder if the electric car uses the same outlet as your cellphone?

Well it can! An EV (electric vehicle) can use a standard 120-volt outlet to charge your car and if you aren’t in a hurry, the convenience of finding a plug anywhere can be great. An EV can be charged between 10-18 hours using a 120-volt outlet, depending on the EV. But if you are looking for a faster way to charge your car at home, a 240-volt outlet may be the way to go! They can charge an EV in 3-6 hours.  Just remember, before you plug your car into just any outlet, make sure the outlet is on its own appropriate circuit.  Not sure about the circuit? Call us - We can help!

 

Starting your day with a fully charged battery is like starting the day with a full tank of gas! Without the same cost! The average gas price is $3.65 a gallon and the average gallon of electricity in an EV is only $1.14! What a difference! But does the electric gallon get the same mileage as a gas gallon? Well, just like with a gas car that really depends on the driver and driving conditions but most EV can get between 68 and 99 mpg. And based on the average EV battery,  that means you can drive between 100-200 miles before needing a recharge.

So what happens if you are out and about and realize you need to recharge? Just find a charging station and plug in! A charging station can charge your car in about 30 minutes by using 480-volt outlets. This can be great if you are in a hurry to get a charge and especially if you forgot to plug your car in last night! Charging stations are not that hard to find either. If you aren’t sure where the closest one is you can check out PlugShare to find the nearest one.

 

The most important thing to remember whether you are looking to purchase a new EV or just wanting to make sure you’re using the best option for your EV, ICE Co. can assist with all your electrical needs, including your EV outlet needs!


Carbon Tax & Shift

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Carbon Tax and Shift

We here at ICE co. support efforts to reduce the overall impact that our business and our customer’s businesses have on the environment. One idea that has been successful in other regions, including recently in BC, Canada, and in Ireland beginning in 2010, is a carbon tax.

 

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University recently released a study, Carbon Tax and Shift: How to Make it Work for Oregon’s Economy. The study is available online, here:  

CARBON TAX & Shift

                       

From the study…“By taxing carbon emissions and reducing Corporate and Personal Income tax rates, Oregon can reduce the negative incentives created by income taxes while generating revenue and reducing carbon emissions.”

 

Our businesses all are very dependent on energy, namely electricity. Without electricity, nothing we do would be possible. As more and more of that electricity is generated by sustainable means, and we are able to reduce our overall environmental impact, the better of we all are.

 

Whether you agree with the study’s conclusions or not, we can all agree that new ideas in sustainability are at least worth investigating, as we move to reduce our businesses’ overall impact on the environment.

 

ICE Co. Signing Out

Power. Current. Grounded.



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