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It can be all too easy to forget about the wiring in your home. After all, your brain happily focuses on more visible issues like paint chips and broken kitchen appliances. However, your home’s wiring is a vital part of your day to day life and your safety. Electrical fires cause around 300 deaths and over 1,100 injuries every year, and over a billion is lost per year to property damage resulting from electrical fires. In fact, bad electricals result in around 51,000 fires every single year. You don’t want this to happen to your or your family but it easily can if you neglect your home. But how do you know when you need to rewire? Here, in no particular order, are the top ten signs which indicate that it’s time for you to rewire your home:

Burning Smell

If you can often smell burning and the scent doesn’t seem to go away, you may be having serious wiring issues. You should always turn off the power at the circuit and get in touch with an electrician immediately if you suspect that there’s a burning smell caused by an electrical issue in your home.

Electrical Shocks

If you often get an electric shock when you plug something into outlets in your home, this could be a sign that your wiring is faulty. This can easily happen over time or as a result of a bad original job, and it should be corrected by a professional rewiring.

Outlet Sparks

Similarly, if your outlets often spark when you plug something in or out of them, you need to beware. Don’t ignore this sign that something is wrong with your rewiring. Consult an electrician if you notice continual sparking from your outlets.

Dim or Flickering Lights

If the lights in your home are continually dim or flickering, there could be something wrong with your wiring. One dim or flickering light is usually nothing to worry about. However, multiple imperfect lights is a sign that you need to rewire.

Sizzling Sounds

Does your house sound like you’re grilling in the backyard, even when everything should be quiet? Then you’ve probably got an issue with your wiring. Sizzling sounds can be a sign of electrical faults, so start thinking about rewiring your home if you keep hearing them.

Tripped Circuit Breaker

Your circuit breaker will trip if your electrical system can’t handle the amount of power running in your home. There are a few other reasons why your circuit breaker might trip but it is often a sign that you need to rewire, so consider calling an electrician if this keeps happening.

Blown Fuses

Equally, if the fuses in your appliances keep blowing, you might have a problem. One blown fuse could be a fault with the product or a coincidence. Continually blown fuses are a cause for concern. Your house may need rewiring if your appliances keep blowing, so don’t ignore this important sign.

Discoloration on Outlets and Switches

Your switches and electrical outlets will often end up discolored as a result of old or bad wiring. Tiny sparks and fires can cause a charred appearance which will become noticeable over time. If you start noticing this discoloration, contact an expert about getting your home rewired.

Loose Outlets

Your home may need to be rewired if your outlets are hanging loosely from the wall. Even if they’re just a few millimeters off the wall, they could easily cause electrical fires.

An Old Home

Sometimes, it’s simply the most obvious problem. If you’ve got an old home and you haven’t rewired it in a long time (or ever!), then it may be time for a rewiring. An expert, like the ones at Piper Electric, can help you figure out if it’s time to rewire your home.

Here at Piper Electric, we’re always happy to assist you with your electric needs. If you’re thinking about rewiring your home, get in touch with us to find out about your options. With over thirty-five years of experience in electrical contracting, we’re always ready to help you get the best service possible.

Around 51,000 home fires and 500 deaths are caused annually due to electrical faults. While all new buildings have to meet certain electrical safety regulations, it is older buildings that pose a great concern. Many buildings that are over twenty years old are not equipped to deal with the present electrical load and pose a high risk of electrical fires.

Electrical safety concerns in older buildings

  1.     Outdated regulations: Buildings that were built in the 70s, 80s, and 90s met a certain standard of electrical safety but, those standards are completely outdated now. Every three years, the National Electric Code (NEC) makes revisions to its safety laws to reflect changes in technologies that make buildings safer.
  2.     Increase in load: Over the past few years, the concentration of buildings using electricity in each area has grown. The electrical consumption in each household has increased with the influx of new gadgets and appliances. The considerable increase in load on the electric supply has also increased the probability of electrical fires in homes with outdated electrical installations. In fact, electrical fires are responsible for $7 Million worth of property damage every year.
  3.     Age:  Overtime it is not uncommon for the wiring in buildings to wither and crack, exposing loose wires that are essentially leaking electrical charges that can easily catch fire.
  4.     Home improvements: DIY home improvements over the years could have damaged the electrical installations in a home. Adjustments in electrical sockets, lighting fixtures, or remodeling a room by an unqualified person could damage the integrity of the electrical setup in a house.
  5.     Other problems: A number of other problems have been observed in older homes that give rise to concerns of electrical safety; overloaded circuits get overheated, improper or no earthing for sockets, no residual current devices in bathrooms, etc. All these and more have a high risk of an electrical accident.

What can be done?

Older homes need to be inspected regularly and up to date fire safety regulations need to be put in place. Installation of working smoke detectors and fire alarms, AFCIs, Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs), and Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs), could all help reduce the number of fires caused by electrical faults.

Because of the fast growth in the number of residences in cities and towns over the last few years, there has been an additional load on the electrical supply. Many older homes were not equipped to handle this load and now are at risk of electrical accidents. A proper system when put in place to evaluate these risks and take the necessary measures, will help combat the problem.

  

 

Skyrocketing energy bills daunt millions of homeowners these days. No matter how much they skimp on the time they spend running electronics and home appliances, the number never seems to reduce. Instead, it goes beyond the budgeted limit, thus pushing homeowners to switch to cheaper, more energy-efficient options. If you are interested in such devices, perhaps you should read on to know about a few of them:

Smart thermostat

The biggest energy drain in every home is its heating and cooling systems. But a smart thermostat can perhaps block this energy outflow and push down your utility bills drastically. These devices are so smart that they can store your preferences and process your and your family’s comfort settings for creating a comfortable indoor space. These devices are supported by a mobile app, which allows you to control settings from anywhere, anytime. You are sure to save whopping sums of money every month after installing a smart thermostat.

Smart outlets and plugs

Standard outlets can consume a lot of energy owing to their manual control settings. But smart outlets are a gust of fresh air among the standard ones because they come with a wide range of features. You can operate these outlets using a smart application, which allows you to schedule the on/off times and also increase the efficiency of humidifiers, fans, lamps, water heaters, coffee makers and many more. You should also consider smart plugs, which plug into your existing outlets without requiring a major rewiring project.

Sensor switches

Sensor switches are becoming a part of smart home designs owing to their energy efficiency. These switches are equipped with advanced sensors that know you and your family are leaving or entering the room. They do so from several feet away, without you having to turn on or off the lights manually. Some sensor switches also have natural light-detecting capabilities, which save an incredible amount of energy and money. It’s truly a great installation if you still fumble for the light switch after entering a dark room.

Surge protectors

Some home appliances and gadgets suck out outrageous amounts of energy. But you can tackle this problem by installing smart surge protectors. It’s very simple to use: connect your device and create a charging station for your mobile device for protecting your expensive appliances against power surges. You can control everything through an app or an automatic scheduler, both of which can hack down your energy consumption and expenses substantially.

Smart blinds

High summer temperatures mean high usage of air conditioners. But air conditioners are not only expensive but also harm the environment. But, smart blinds come as a blessing in such a situation. These blinds can open and close themselves automatically after reaching a predetermined temperature. These are simply a great alternative to expensive HVAC systems that suck out energy and money.

Energy-efficiency is something no homeowner can achieve within a day. It takes time. But they have to install energy-efficient, smart devices at home that create a win-win for both homeowners and the environment.

 

Share energy saving tips

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!

Install Dimmers

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.

bbb_goldstar_2013Winner of a Gold Star Certificate from BBB Denver/Boulder, 2006 -2013,  for having no complaints in a three-year period 

Piper Electric Co., Inc. has been awarded the Gold Star Certificate from the Better Business Bureau again in 2013. This certificate is given to BBB Accredited Businesses who have had no complaints over a three-year period.

Canopy Airport Parking is currently the greenest parking facility in the world. Piper Electric Co., Inc. was honored and excited to be the electric contractor chosen to not only perform the electrical work, but also the solar installation and to assist with the geothermal hook-up. Canopy Airport Parking uses all LED lighting, has an array of solar panels, and uses wind turbines and geothermal energy. Piper Electric Co., Inc.’s role has been explained in a number of media articles including one on The ENR Mountain States- McGraw Hill Construction Website (mountainstates.construction.com). On the website The Canopy Airport Parking project article was very informative about the entire project including the contractors and sub-contractors that were involved.

Piper Electric Co., Inc. and TeamDaveLogan.com partner to educate consumers about lightning related problems.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) honored Piper Electric Co., Inc. by awarding it with the 2010 Torch Award for Marketplace Trust in the large business category. Companies who win this award must meet strict criteria and are considered very upstanding and trustworthy.

Piper received the ABC Step Safety Award again this year from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. This award keeps coming by the hard work of our many employees who are out in the field working safely every day. With every employee’s continued commitment to work safe, we are one of the safety leaders in the metro area.

Along with the Platinum Step Safety Award, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. awarded Piper with the 2010 Outstanding Safety Record Award for 100-200 employees.

Dave Logan trusts and endorses Piper Electric Co., Inc. and recommends Piper Electric Co., Inc. as the perfect answer to be your Hometown Electrician. Piper Electric Co., Inc. has been part of Team Dave Logan since its beginning and was the first electrical contractor to join Team Dave Logan.

Piper Electric Co., Inc. is the ONLY Electrical Contractor endorsed by Team Dave Logan.