Generator ,Heavy-Up ,Repair
Written by Larry Cook

Key Considerations When Buying a Standby Generator – Part 3

Part 3 will discuss Transfer Switches, Accessories, Equipment Maintenance, and Warranty.

7) Transfer Switches

Emergency standby systems are usually equipped with automatic transfer switches. Manual transfer switches are available for certain systems, but downgrading to this won’t save much money. Your electrician will determine the transfer switch’s size (amperage rating) and its location. They will be guided by whether the standby generator will need to power the entire facility or only emergency loads. 

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Generator,Electrician, Annapolis, MD Generator
Written by Larry Cook

Key Considerations When Buying a Standby Generator – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, you have made the decision to purchase a standby generator for your home or business to prevent problems caused by power outages. Part 2 will discuss Installation Team, Generator Location, Outdoor Enclosure, and Voltage Requirement. Consult with a reputable and experienced licensed electrician for your safety and the best results. 

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installation,Electrician,Generator
Written by Larry Cook

Key Considerations When Buying a Standby Generator – Part 1

You have decided to buy a standby generator for your home or business because power outages have caused problems in the past. The following discusses 10 key considerations for purchasing a system that is right for you. Remember to consult with a reputable and experienced licensed electrician for your safety and the best results. 

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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.

electrician, Annapolis, MD, service, repair
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 , residential, home, electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

Facts to Know Before Purchasing a New HVAC System – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, the most important resource for selecting a new HVAC system will be a licensed electrician who is very experienced in installing them. An HVAC installation requires both solid engineering and working with a home’s existing wiring, ventilation, ductwork, etc. Consider a good electrical contractor a sound investment because the project will run from $2,500 to about $15,000 on average. Part 2 will cover Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, Maintenance, and Noise Levels. 

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electrician, Repair Service Help
Written by Larry Cook

Talk to an Electrician About Improving Home Energy Efficiency

An increasing number of homeowners are placing more emphasis on energy efficiency. Their two typical goals are decreasing their impact on the environment and reducing their utility bills. In either case, they can get a great start by talking to a licensed electrician about their home’s energy efficiency.

Many people are unaware that a skilled electrician can help conserve energy in their homes. Experienced electricians are knowledgeable about cost-effective methods that will greatly decrease electrical use. Below are three that you should strongly consider. 

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electrical service contractor
Written by Larry Cook

Effective Energy Efficiency Ideas for Office Buildings – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, raising the energy efficiency of your office building can decrease energy expenses significantly. Consult with an experienced licensed electrical services company because they will make the process smoother. Part 2 will discuss HVAC systems, motors, and monitoring energy usage. 

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Electrician, Commercial,Annapolis MD
Written by Larry Cook

Effective Energy Efficiency Ideas for Office Buildings – Part 1

Nowadays, organizations are seeking ways to maximize the use of non-renewable and renewable energy sources to help with their bottom lines. Interestingly, companies are even finding ways to generate their own electrical power. Forward-looking enterprises that are using innovative technology to conserve energy are realizing benefits related to profitability and public perception.

Most workers spend the majority of their working lives in their offices. As a result, energy consumption in office buildings can be quite considerable and very costly for owners. The use of lighting, computers, business equipment, HVAC systems, etc., around the clock and every day, lead to increased energy demand and higher utility bills for many companies. 

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Electrician, Installation, Home generator
Written by Larry Cook

Answers for Your FAQs About Home Standby Generators – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, you may be a homeowner who has some questions that need answering before you install a home standby generator. Part 2 will answer three more FAQs about home standby generators. Consult with an experienced and licensed electrical contractor for the best results.

What must be done with my existing gas meter?

It is possible that your home will need a larger gas meter. Permanent home standby generators are capable of consuming a significant volume of natural gas while they are functioning. A gas meter that has an adequate volume for operating the standby generator, as well as the home’s gas appliances, will be needed. A gas meter has a plate noting its capacity in cubic feet/hour. Each cubic foot per hour of gas generates about 1,000 BTUs. If you add the total BTUs of a home’s gas appliances to a standby generator’s gas usage, you will be able to figure out the necessary gas meter capacity. The homeowner is responsible for working with the gas company to have a new gas meter installed.

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