commercial and residential lighting
Written by Larry Cook

Conserving Energy in Commercial and Industrial Buildings – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, owners and managers of commercial and industrial buildings are seeking innovative approaches for conserving energy. Part 2 will discuss three more techniques. Consult with a licensed commercial electrical services company for the best results.

Power Factor Adjustments

Utility consumers are often unaware of concealed power factor billing. Manufacturing companies, hospitals, and data centers operating around the clock are more likely to have poor power factors. This is because machines consume power while idling, wasting energy. The greater the number of machines running, the higher the potential is for waste.

Wasted energy, also termed reactive power, is costly to a utility because the consumption of energy is irregular. Thus, a utility requiring consumers to maintain power factors of 95% or greater will charge more if this requirement is not met. Finding solutions and identifying your power factor can lead to considerable savings.

Response Programs for Demand

Participation in response programs for demand gives a business the potential to generate considerable income by decreasing power usage during periods when demand is high and supply is low on the grid. When demand is high, utilities are more likely to raise prices. At a certain level, this demand makes it profitable to compensate larger consumers for decreasing energy consumption, allowing them to supply other consumers and preventing blackouts and brownouts.

Analyzing energy load will let a company estimate how much electricity can be returned to the grid. There are cases when participation can result in annual revenue up to $200,000 or more. Manufacturing companies, hospitals, and data centers are especially good prospects for a revenue generating program because they are capable of switching to back-up generators and limiting their loads.

Sustainable Energy

Enterprises are increasing their participation in sustainability initiatives as part of a growing trend. The installation of wind turbines and solar panels can assist commercial and industrial buildings in decreasing their reliance on utilities. These large consumers are also able to buy RECs (renewable energy certificates) or accrue revenue producing white tags by lowering demand and raising efficiency.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.

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Written by Larry Cook

Conserving Energy in Commercial and Industrial Buildings – Part 1

As utility bills increase, owners and managers of commercial and industrial buildings are seeking innovative approaches to conserve energy, which is second to employee salaries in terms of costs. However, companies typically do not know how to decrease energy usage. Fortunately, commercial electricians can provide assistance in addition to their other services. The following are six ways an organization can cut energy consumption. Consult with a licensed commercial electrical services company for the best results. 

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electrician, home remodeling
Written by Larry Cook

Electrifying Spring & Summer Remodeling Projects

Spring and summer are great times to schedule remodeling projects because the weather is nicer and they can be scheduled while you and your family are away on vacation. The following article will discuss three common remodeling projects for these two seasons. Plan your project with an experienced and licensed electrical services company for the best results.

Bathroom

Many of us do not realize how much time we actually spend in a bathroom, and remodeling it will enhance our lives. An hour may be spent getting ready for work every weekday. You can create a haven where you can relax with the help of an electrician. Imagine installing a sound and light system that will set the right mood before facing a commute or a formal dinner party. Luxury bathrooms can also get upscale items like automated window treatments and heated floors.

Deck

The addition/expansion of a deck can drastically improve a patio area, transforming it into a place for quietly enjoying nature or throwing a party for a celebration. This project gives a homeowner the opportunity to add or improve items, such as providing more shade with an automated awning, upgrading a lighting configuration, powering an entertainment center, or installing an outdoor kitchen/barbecue. Get these wonderful features and many others with the help of a licensed electrician.

Kitchen

A kitchen remodel can reinvigorate the whole house. Modern kitchens have become the place where busy families congregate. It may be the only place every day where everyone is together. Kitchens are now areas where families eat and enjoy entertainment. An electrician can help in the remodel by ensuring it is safer by complying with code, more energy efficient, and capable of meeting modern power demands. A kitchen in an older home that is being remodeled will get upgrades of its electrical system and lighting.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs, including:

  • Commercial & Residential Electrical Installations
  • Marina & Residential Pier Wiring
  • Electrical Service & Repair
  • Specialty Electrical Services

For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.

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Written by Larry Cook

Building New Smart Homes with the Internet of Things

Installing smart home or Internet of Things (IoT) technology during construction or remodeling is a trend gaining popularity. Adding this technology to a blueprint will require a longer schedule, more materials, and a larger budget. However, it’s wiser performing the installation during this phase, rather than during a future retrofit that will be more expensive and inconvenient for homeowners. 

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Home electrician,Annapolis, MD
Written by Larry Cook

Do You Know Why Your Lights Flicker?

Quite commonly household lights flicker because of harmless reasons. Unfortunately, there are some reasons why this could be a serious issue. This article will discuss how to tell between a major or minor lighting problem. Remember to call a licensed electrical services company for your family’s safety and the best results.

Unavoidable Flickering

When electrical loads turn off and on, such as appliances and lighting, this will result in the voltage that supply lights to fluctuate, and flickering may occur. Frequently loads require inrush current, drawing plenty of current when activated. Upon being turned on, this type of load will result in a considerable voltage drop being supplied, and this will cause flickering.  An electrical system with a proper design will decrease flickering, but not completely prevent them. One method for greatly minimizing flickers is using dedicated 240V circuits for large appliances like refrigerators and washing machines.

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Written by Larry Cook

How to Select the Best Thermostat for Your Home

The coldest months of the year are on their way, and you want to make sure your home is comfortable when it’s freezing. The installation of a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest methods of increasing your comfort, while decreasing utility bills by up to 33%. The following will discuss how to select the best thermostat for your home. Call a licensed and insured electrical services company to get the best results.

Compatibility with Home System

The initial step for selecting the new thermostat for your home is knowing the type of your existing heating and air conditioning system. This is important because it will allow you to check whether or not a thermostat you are considering is compatible with it. A central heating and air system is by far the most common. However, some homes also utilize heating alternatives such as electric baseboards and furnaces.

Thermostat Types

Although it may seem complicated because there are various types of thermostats, you can easily narrow down your choices by noting your preferences.

Digital Non-Programmable – This type will requires a homeowner to manually change the settings of the thermostat as temperatures change.

Learning: Representing the new generation of advanced thermostats, it provides the most energy efficiency. Although, it is similar to a programmable thermostat, it does not require manual programming. Over time, as it is being utilized, this thermostat will learn from a homeowner’s daily preferences and habits. In addition, they are capable of adjusting themselves when no one is at home and generating reports on energy usage. These smart thermostats can be connected to a home’s Wi-Fi and controlled remotely.

Manual – This kind of thermostat will feature the same manual controls as a digital non-programmable, but it will lack a convenient LCD display.

Programmable – You can set this type of thermostat to automatically change the temperature settings of this thermostat higher or lower for each day of the week, matching the needs of their daily schedules. In addition to providing greater convenience, your home’s heating system will be much more efficient.

Remote – A remote thermostat connects via a hub of the home’s internet, letting homeowners remotely control the unit with a laptop, smartphone, or tablet.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.

electrician, Home ,Residential
Written by Larry Cook

How Important is Electrical for a Kitchen Remodel? – Part 1

Electrical design and installation for a kitchen remodel or upgrade can not only improve the quality of everyday usage, but it can also raise your home’s resale value. Kitchen remodeling is a major project as far as the expense and the inconvenience your family will experience during the process. Kitchens are somewhat like airport terminals. If a terminal were unexpectedly closed for even a brief period, many flights and passengers will be affected. Not having access to your kitchen during its remodeling process will have a significant impact on your family.

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Written by Larry Cook

Get Your Home Wired this Fall!

Rewiring an older home and adding or replacing electrical components will help ensure your family’s safety and convenience. Over time, wiring becomes worn out or outdated. Frayed electrical wires are especially hazardous because they may cause a fire. Make sure not to work on these yourself and risk electrical shock. Call a reputable licensed electrical services company that has the skills and experience to repair or replace electrical wiring. The following will discuss several home features that involve replacing wiring and adding or replacing electrical components.

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Written by Larry Cook

Electrical Indoor Maintenance Before Winter

Now that winter is on its way, prepare your home’s interior to ensure safety, energy efficiency, and comfort during the colder months. The following discusses tasks that should be performed before winter. For any type of electrical work, call an experienced licensed electrician to protect your home and family.

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Written by Larry Cook

Commercial Electrical Services for Your Company

Your business will need electrical services or troubleshooting eventually, and this article will list several common projects that should be performed by licensed and insured electricians who are familiar with commercial electrical codes. It is very important that your facility is in local compliance to avoid fines and penalties because of inspection violations. If one has not been performed for a while, a safety inspection by a reputable electrical services company would be a good first step for your company.

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