Frequently-Asked Questions

Is there a difference between a fuse and circuit breaker?

They both perform the same function, disrupting the flow of electricity when a fault is sensed. A fuse will have to be replaced once it has tripped, whereas a circuit breaker won't need replacement. It is for this reason that circuit breakers are more commonly used.

What does the term "short circuit" mean?

When a wire carrying an electrical current comes into contact with the grounded conductor wire, ore the equipment ground wire, excessive heat is created. If you see sparks in your electrical panel, you've likely witnessed a short circuit and you should have it checked by an electrician.

What is a GFCI outlet?

This type of electrical outlet is designed to protect you from electrical shock if moisture is present. They are commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor outlets and garages. They feature test/reset buttons. Depress the "test" button to turn off the GFCI. The "reset" button turns it back on after it has tripped. If it doesn't reset, you've got a problem and will need an electrician.

Why do my light bulbs blow out frequently?

There are several reasons this could be occurring. However, one particular reason that should be ruled out, for the sake of fire safety, is overheating. A light fixture with poor airflow design will result in excessive heat buildup around the bulb. Having to replace bulbs again and again is not just an inconvenience, it's also a fire hazard. Have your light fixtures inspected by an electrician if you notice that bulbs are constantly blowing out.

Is my electrical panel unsafe?

An outdated electrical panel, often found in older homes, isn't designed to meet the electricity demands of modern living. Today's families love their appliances and electronics. If your home's electrical panel is less than 200 amps, it's times to enter the modern age with an upgrade.

Do I need a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm? Where should it be installed?

Every home with at least one fuel-burning appliance/heater, attached garage or fireplace should have a carbon monoxide alarm.
If the home has only one carbon monoxide alarm, it should be installed in the main bedroom or in the hallway outside of the sleeping area.
An alarm should be installed on every level of the home and in sleeping areas.
Place the alarm at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances.
Make sure nothing is covering or obstructing the unit.
Do not place the unit in dead air spaces or next to a window or door.
Test the carbon monoxide alarm once a week by pressing the test/reset button.
Every month, unplug the unit and vacuum with a soft-brush attachment or wipe with a clean, dry cloth to remove accumulated dust.

What is a smart home? How does it work?

A smart home is a residence that uses internet-connected devices that enable the remote monitoring and management of devices and appliances such as lighting, cameras, HVAC, garage door opener, refrigerator, blinds, washing machine, and dryers. It is not limited to these things but these are a few items.

How can I save money on my electric bill?

During peak hours our electric company providers charge a premium for electric usage. Being mindful of these hours is a great time to cycle electric usage off. Also, upgrading lighting in your residence to LED will significantly cut the power consumption at your residence.