16 Jan 2018
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With every new year comes a list of new year’s resolutions. While most people have the best intentions of keeping their (often lofty) resolutions, many do not. So instead of resolving to go to the gym more or eat healthier, think about making small changes that make your life easier. One of the most life-altering resolutions everyone should make is to take control of their finances, and one of the easiest ways to do so is by re-evaluating your utility bill. Here are 5 easy and affordable fixes you can make to your home right now to cut your utility bill dramatically.
Lower Your Thermostat
Want to save money on your heating bill? When you are away from home be sure to lower your thermostat by 8-15 degrees Fahrenheit. After all, why pay for heat that no one is using? In fact, for every one-degree drop, you can reduce your energy bill costs by 1-3 percent!
Set Your Water Heater to 120 Degrees Fahrenheit
Your water heater uses more energy than any other appliance in your home, which is why changing the temperature has a huge effect on your utility bill! Thankfully, changing the setting of your water heater is incredibly easy to do, and only needs to be done once.
Wash Clothes In Cold Water
Did you know that 90 percent of the energy used to operate the washing machine is to heat the water? By washing your clothes in cold water, you can save nearly $60 a year on energy costs alone!
While most people choose to install dimmers on their light switches for aesthetic reasons, dimmers actually can prolong the life of your light bulbs. Because dimmers limit the amount of energy that is distributed out to the bulbs, light bulbs do not burn out as quickly.
Use LED Light Bulbs
Unlike incandescent light bulbs, LED lights are much more efficient. Not only do LED light bulbs last 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs, but they use at least 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs.
Looking for other ways to reduce your energy bill? Let the experts at Piper Electric upgrade your home. We offer a wide range of electrical upgrades that are designed to make your home more energy efficient. Call today for a free estimate.
15 Dec 2017
‘Tis the season to be jolly—and cover your house with holiday lights, of course. If you’re getting ready to show off your holiday spirit with a well-lit property, make sure you go about it the right way for best results. That means choosing the right decorations while staying safe as you put them up. You can get started by checking out our holiday lighting tips.
Highlight Your Home’s Best Features
If you want the best look for your house this holiday season, make your property stand out by wrapping lights around the features you want to show off. If you have any arches, a chimney or a beautiful front door, put lights around them. And if you have a nice water fountain, some stunning shrubs or a tall tree, draw attention to them with some holiday lights. Any walkways on your property should also get some lights, or perhaps a few lighted candy canes along the sides.
Make Sure Your Supplies Are Meant for Outdoor Use
Pay attention to the labels on your lights. They should state if they’re meant for indoor and outdoor use or indoor only. Do the same for any extension cords you use for your holiday lights. This detail is important because indoor lights and cords are not meant to withstand extreme weather or get wet, so if it rains or your sprinklers come on, the lights could break, damage your property or hurt anyone who is nearby.
Complement Your Lights with Other Décor
You don’t have to stick to lighting when decorating your house for the holidays this year. In fact, the best displays usually have more than just lights. Once you put lights on your house and around your yard, consider adding a few inflatable characters—such as snowmen, the Grinch or Santa Claus. Then add a wreath to your front door and wrap garlands around any railings or columns on your property.
Above everything else, keep safety in mind as you decorate the exterior of your house. Inspect every strand of lights to ensure the cords are not cracked and the wires are not frayed. Replace any missing bulbs before you put up the lights. If you have to use a ladder, make sure it’s on a stable, flat surface, and consider having someone else there to keep it steady and hand you your lights. Finally, don’t overload your extension cord by putting more than a few strings of lights together.
If you have any electrical concerns, contact Piper Electric.
Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom can be daunting. Do I do it myself or do I get help from the professionals? These are important questions to ask yourself because if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing a remodel job can become an exercise in frustration costing more time and money than you originally planned.
There are many things to think about:
- Will it be a full remodel (ground up) or a partial (replacing some lights, painting, etc.)?
- What is your budget?
- How much time and effort do you want to put into it?
- Will you do it yourself or hire a professional?
If the remodel is being professionally done then consider:
- Always get more than one estimate.
- If you use a designer choose one that is reputable, provides a background check and does not ask for the payment up front.
- Never pay up front.
- The subcontractors they use should be licensed, background checked and insured.
- Ask for proof of insurance.
- You retain full “say” in everything that is done.
- Read the contract fully and very carefully.
- If there is anything like asbestos removal or mold remediation it is covered in the contract.
If you’re doing the remodel yourself consider:
- Be sure you get a permit to do your work.
- Research the items you are planning to do carefully.
- Know how to do all aspects of the job safely.
- Make your plan with consideration to the extra time it will take to do it yourself and the inconvenience of living with the remodel taking place.
- If you need professional assistance on some items, hire professionals that are licensed and background checked.
- Electrical work should always be done by a licensed, professional electrician.
Piper Electric Co., Inc.’s Arvada electricians are not only licensed and back-ground checked but they are experienced planners/designers when it comes to electrical needs for bathroom and kitchen remodel. They are willing to assist with decisions that make you feel good about your decision to remodel.
Piper Electric Co., Inc. has been in business for over 32 years and is known for getting the job done right, on time and on budget the first time, every time. Call Front Range electrical contractor, Piper Electric Co., Inc. for the best professional electrical assistance when remodeling.
Everyone loves a home interior that is inviting and well-lit, why not ensure your outdoor spaces have the same attention to detail. Strategically placed landscape lights can not only help with a home’s security, but can highlight a home’s architectural features and draw attention to landscape features.
Five great places for Outdoor Lighting:
- The front entrance. A well-lit front can help guests find their way, help with security and makes a great first impression. Wall lanterns on each side of the door or under a porch or other overhang, can help guide the way.
- The back door. Most home owners use back door lighting for security. This is a great place for a motion sensing light.
- Outside the garage. This is another great place for a motion sensor. These fixtures usually have a photocell that turns the lights on at dusk and off at dawn to save energy.
- Decks, porches, and patioscan be converted into evening retreats by concealing low-voltage mini-lights under steps, railing or benches.
- Steps, paths, and drivewaysshould be illuminated to make sure everyone is able to move about easily and safely after dark.
Denver Electrician Piper Electric Co., Inc. can help you discover the possibilities in out lighting.
Taken in part from the www.americanlightingassoc.com
30 Jun 2015
- Bug Bites – Try to avoid bug bites which can lead to allergic and adverse reactions. Wear protective clothing, use bug repellent and stay on paths etc.
- Wear a helmet every time you bike.
- Be safe around the swimming pool, parents should always have 100% attention on their kids.
- Wear Sunscreen. Not only can it help prevent burns, but it can help deter skin cancer later in life as well early aging of the skin. Sunscreen should be at least SPF 15 and be applied every 80 minutes.
- Avoid Poison Ivy, poison oak and sumac. Learn what these plants look like and avoid exposure.
- Beware of summer dehydration. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink, drink plenty throughout any day, especially when you are in the sun and heat.
- Know the signs of heat stroke, and seek medical attention if you think you might have it. Vomiting, rapid breathing and increased heart rate are just a few signs.
- Be watchful of children around the grill. Grills can remain hot long after they are off. Never let a child touch or cook on the grill.
- It only takes 10 minutes for a baby’s skin to get a sunburn – keep infants out of the sun.
- Beware of fireworks, not only are they illegal in many states, they can cause serve burns.
- Metal on playgrounds can become very hot during summer months, always ensure playground equipment is safe before you place you kids on it.
- Always wear closed toed shoes when mowing the lawn.
- Never leave kids or pets in a car – especially during hot summer months.
- Always remain still if using a sparkler, and douse in a bucket of water when done.
- Children and poor swimmers should always use a personal flotation device when on a boat of other watercraft.
- Water wings cannot keep a child from drowning.
- Do not dive in less than nine feet of water.
- Hot sidewalks, sand on more can burn the soles of your feet, or damage a pets paws.
Denver Electrician Piper Electric Wishes you and your family a happy and healthy summer of 2015!
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Turn Off the Lights
Save 2%*Be mindful about shutting lights off when you leave a room – this is one of the easiest ways to cut your electricity use. Piper Electric Co. Inc. can help you replace your old light bulbs with LEDs to save even more energy.
Install Ceiling Fans
Save 19% Ceiling fans can help keep you cool in the summer while your AC works less. Piper Electric has great Ceiling Fan installation coupons. (Ceiling fans also offer energy savings on heating in the winter.)
Refrigerators = Energy Hogs
Save 4% The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy-users in your home, and if it was built before 1993, it’s a huge energy hog. Be sure to keep the coils clean, and remember the more full it is the better a refrigerator runs! Always purchase Energy Star rated appliances.
Wash Clothes in Cold, Let Them Air Dry
Save 9% Washing clothes in cold water gets them just as clean as hot, and cuts your washer’s energy use in half. Drying your clothes outside can also save energy!
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Save 10% nearly half of US homes already have a programmable thermostat. These can conserve energy year round.
Keep Blinds and Curtains Closed
By trying to keep out the heat you can enjoy significant savings on your home cooling costs.
“Eliminate Phantom Load”
Save 5% Many electronics still suck energy even when they’re turned off–such as powering your computer monitor when it’s not in use. Unplug your electronics or plug them into a power strip and switch it off to save on this “phantom load.”
Denver Electrician Piper Electric Co. can help with your home’s electric needs, call 303-422-9219 today.
* Approximate energy savings based on the average home using 11,000 kWh electricity and 19,000 cubic feet of natural gas per year.
Taken in part from GreenAmerica.org
12 May 2015
May is National Electrical Safety Month, and Piper Electric Co., Inc. is joining with the Electrical Safety
Foundation International (ESFI) to raise awareness about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety.
This year’s campaign features the launch of the second edition of its National Electrical Safety Month publication, Electrical Safety Illustrated. The issue is titled “That Old House, This New Update” and informs readers about the common hazards posed by America’s
aging housing stock and the variety of updates that can improve any home’s functionality, efficiency and safety.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates 47,700 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments each year involve some type of electrical failure or malfunction as a factor contributing to ignition. These fires result in 418 civilian deaths, 1,570 civilian injuries, and $1.4 billion in direct property damage. Awareness and education are critical to reduce the incidence of electrical fires, and ESFI sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to educate the public in order to reduce the number of electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries and property loss.
Does your home need an Electrical Safety Inspection?
- Is your home 40 years old or older?
- In the last 10 years, has your home undergone a renovation or added a major new appliance, such as a refrigerator or air conditioner?
- Are you the new owner of a previously owned home?
If any of the above are true call Denver Electrician Piper Electric Co., Inc. for an electrical safety inspection.
Thanks to ESFI for providing this information: The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play. ESFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety.
24 Apr 2015
1. The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. The term vernalis Latin for “spring” . The fall and spring equinoxes are the only two times during the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west.
2. The first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere is the first day of fall in the Southern hemisphere.
3. The first spring flowers are typically lilacs, irises, lilies, tulips, daffodils, and dandelions.
4. Holidays that occur in spring include Easter, Passover, April Fool’s Day, Earth Day, Arbor Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, and more.
5. One long-term study found that, at least in the Colorado Rocky Mountain region, spring begins, on average, about three weeks earlier than it did in the 1970s.
6. At Chichen Itza, Mexico, the Mayan celebrate the first day of spring with “The Return of the Sun Serpent.” On the evening on the spring equinox, the setting sun creates a triangular shadow on the El Castillo pyramid that looks like a descending snake.
7. In China, the coming of spring coincides with celebrations for the Chinese New Year.
8. For the Japanese, the opening of the cherry blossom, Japan’s national flower, in March or April signals the start of spring.
9. During the spring, birds are more vocal as they sing to attract mates and warn away rivals.
10. Tornadoes are most common in the spring and least common in winter.
11. Honeybees are more likely to swarm during the spring.
12. The U.S. spring season is culturally interpreted to be the day after President’s Day, which is the Tuesday after the third Monday in February, and ending on the Friday before Memorial weekend.
Taken in part from Facts.com
15 Apr 2015
It’s spring again, and most people do a bit of “Spring Cleaning” around their house. Not only should you wash windows, clean out closets, and dust the blinds, but this is a great time to do a little Spring Cleaning – Electrical Style as well.
Enjoy these tips from your Denver Electrician Piper Electric co., Inc.:
- Ensure you have no frayed or worn cords inside or outside your home.
- Be sure all the circuits in your main panel are correctly labeled to corresponding rooms, circuits, or outlets. Piper Electric Co., Inc. can help label any panel, commercial or residential!
- Check for excessive movement when the washing machine or dryer is on, which can put stress on electrical or water connections.
- Make sure the area around the dryer is free of clutter, and clean the dryer lint filter after each load, excessive lint in a dryer can pose a fire hazard. Or hire a professional to clean your dryer vent.
- Locate all appliances away from the sink, and plug counter top appliances into ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
- Keep appliance cords away from hot surfaces like the range or toaster. Unplug the toaster and other counter top appliances when not in use – not only can this save energy, but lessens the fire risk.
- Any electric shock from an appliance can indicate a hazardous wiring condition. Turn the power to the appliance off at the circuit breaker, and do not touch the appliance until it has been checked by a licensed, qualified electrician.
- Ensure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are installed on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Test these alarms to ensure that they are in working order, and replace the batteries if necessary. Piper Electric Co., Inc. recommends the use of Lithium batteries in both of these types of home safety devices. When your lithium batteries need replacing it is also time to replace your home safety devices – about 10 years.
Piper Electric Co., Inc. can help with any electrical project in your home or business, click here for spring coupon offers.
Taken in part from www.esfi.org
11 Feb 2015
What is Valentine’s Day – Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine, but the legend of St. Valentine is shrouded in mystery. One legend is that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. The Romans were at war, and the Roman Emperor at the time decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families. The Emperor forbade men to marry. Valentine realized this was an injustice and continued to perform marriages. Another legend states an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “Valentine” greeting to a young girl from a jail cell. A common thread is that most St. Valentine stories suggest he was a heroic and romantic figure.
Why Valentine’s Day?
At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day, but it was not until the Middle Ages, that it was considered a day for romance. Sending Valentine greetings was made popular in the Middle Ages as well, although written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400.
Valentine’s Day cards
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. By the early 1900’s printed Valentine’s Day cards began to replace hand written romantic Valentine’s notes.
Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, is known as the “Mother of the Valentine.” In 1847, she received an English Valentine and became fascinated with the idea of making similar Valentine’s. She began taking orders for Valentine’s and soon the demand outweighed the amount she could make, so a company was born. It is estimated she made more than $100,000 annually selling Valentine’s cards.
Fun Valentine Facts:
- An estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year.
- Valentine’s Day is the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.
- Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all Valentine’s.
- 3% of pet owners give their pets Valentine’s.
- The “X” symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X.
- In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
- Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
Taken in part from FactList.com & History.com